I was pleasantly surprised by the smooth drive in the iMax. Firstly, I thought it was going to feel huge while driving and turning corners, but the turning circle in the iMax is actually smaller than a lot of mid to large SUVs I've driven. So turning corners is instant - it happens as soon as you turn the wheel - and making U-turns is actually a cinch, which I really didn't expect. That gets a big tick from me.
There's a 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine, so there was a good amount of power to get up hills. (Note, I did not drive the car with a full load of people and luggage, that may change things somewhat.) But hooning around with just two children and not much else in the back it was a very cruisy drive. It's a diesel so you will hear the engine chugging along most of the time, which you kind of get used to.
And while it's big (and wide), as long as you're aware of your size you won't have much trouble manoeuvring into parking spaces. It's high - 1.925m, so just know that and be sure the carpark you're entering can take it. I was fine in my local Westfield and was able to manoeuvre into spots with relative ease. There's a reversing camera and while it's not super high res, it will show you what's behind you which is important in a van like this.
I felt a bit like my dad this week, driving the iMax around! He's a builder and he has a van, and I just felt like I was channeling him all week. I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.