Ideally suited to multi-drop, around town delivery work the Nemo is easy to drive and despite its compact size it can shift a surprising amount of stuff.
Sizewise the Nemo slips neatly below the Berlingo and offers a load volume of 2.5m3 and a gross payload of 610kg. Despite its short overall length of 3,864mm it is still able to provide a load length of 1,520mm. This can be increased to 2,490mm if the optional Extenso folding passenger seat and swivelling mesh bulkhead are specified.
Rear access is via twin asymmetrical unglazed doors and the loading height is just 530mm. Go for the LX specification and there’s a nearside sliding side door included in the package.
Two engines are up for grabs; a 1.4-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre turbodiesel and both are rated at 75hp. The former is best avoided unless it’s the Dual Fuel (LPG) version, but the latter is a tremendous little powerplant with peak torque of 190Nm available low down the rev range at 1,500rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, but there is the option of the electronic EGS automated manual ’box for the diesel; it comes with a Stop & Start system. Servicing is recommended every 20,000 miles and Citroën claims sub-120g/km CO2 emissions.
The tractability of the diesel, well weighted power steering, a dash-mounted gearstick and a comfy driving position mean that Nemo is a doddle to drive, and a sub-10m turning circle makes it very easy to manoeuvre in congested city streets. The only real downside is that the ride can be choppy at times.
Nemo’s external dimensions may be compact, but there is no shortage of room in the cab for the driver and passenger alike. Thoughtful design also means that there is plenty of storage space, including a lidded, but not lockable, glovebox and a couple of cup-holders between the seats.
Go for the base X trim and nemo comes with central locking, driver’s air bag and a radio/CD player, but moving up to LX adds remote locking, electric mirrors and windows, a multi-adjustable driver’s seat and rake/reach adjustment for the steering wheel. ABS is fitted as standard on all Nemos.
As with all Citroën light commercials the mechanical warranty is three-years/100,000 miles.
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