Second the avoid a bongo. I had one for about a year or so. All the above is true, they are so thirsty it’s insane. We did have the 2litre v6 one though.
Whilst they don’t have reversing seats, the passenger seat does fold forward to allow a rear facing seat.
On the positives, they are smaller so easier to park etc, and it was great fun to drive. They are so bouncy and powerful driving around rural wales was superb.