Aimed squarely at the urban ooperator, the Nemo fits snugly in-between the hatchbackbased C2 and Berlingo high cube. It’s the result of a joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroën and Fiat.
Power comes courtesy of the same 1.4-litre HDi diesel as found in the C2 — 70hp and 160Nm of peak torque at 1,750rpm. The alternative is a 1.4-litre petrol capable of 75hp, but a paltry 118Nm at a rather high 2,600rpm. The front wheels are driven via a manual five-speed gearbox, but the diesel is also available with the automated manual SensoDrive ’box.
The diesel is well up to the job around town and is more than capable of holding its own on the motorway. Brakes are ventilated discs at the front and drums at the rear, and ABS is fitted as standard on all models.
Despite an overall length of 3,864mm Nemo provides a load length of 1,520mm — which expands to 2,490mm if the optional folding ‘Extenso’ passenger seat is specified. Load volume is an impressive 2.5m3, there’s 1,046mm between the wheel boxes, load height is 1,251mm, gross payload is 610kg and the rear loading height is 530mm. Asymmetric, side-hinged, unglazed rear doors are fitted and LX models also come with a nearside sliding side door.
The cab is surprisingly spacious with a dash-mounted gearchange and bags of storage space. The driving position is excellent and the seat is at a convenient height for easy multi-drop deliveries. All Nemos come with power steering, a driver’s airbag and a radio/CD player with LX trim adding remote central locking, electric windows and mirrors, multiadjustable driver’s seat and rake/reach adjustment for the steering wheel.
Service intervals are set at 20,000 miles and the warranty is three-year or 100,000 miles.
Nemo is a well designed little van which offers good load-carrying capabilities despite its small dimensions. Nice one.