The Citroen Nemo Multispace has plenty of space for four and their luggage, so it’s very practical for such a small car. A smooth ride means it's decent to drive, too.
The kids will get annoyed that the rear windows don't open fully, and it lacks some safety kit. The long tailgate could prove to be a pain as well.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
There used to be a petrol-engined Nemo, but nowadays there's just the one diesel engine on offer. It's not what you'd call quick - in fact, it's weedy at low revs - and it's at its best in town, where it feels quicker than the official performance figures suggest, but it will struggle with a heavy load and isn't especially flexible at motorway cruising speeds.
Ride & Handling
The Nemo is based on a van, so you might expect it to feel a bit uncivilised. Not a bit of it. The suspension has been fettled to give a more passenger-friendly ride. It's soft, so it soaks up bumps pretty easily, but there's not much pitch on undulating roads. Yes, the body leans over in bends, but there's plenty of grip and the steering is quick and direct.
The Nemo's cabin is a refined environment considering the car's commercial-vehicle roots. There's not much road noise, and wind noise is barely audible, despite the car's blunt front end. The diesel engine stays smooth and reasonably quiet however you're treating it, but some sharper bumps can occasionally knock through the rear suspension. The gearshift feels slack and imprecise, though.