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2009 Citroen Nemo

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Citroen’s lineup of commercial vehicles is pretty wide and the company has also a pretty healthy experience in this segment.

The Nemo is among the most versatile platforms offered by Citroen and is available in both van and passenger car versions.

With a payload of up to 610 kg and a load volume of 2.5 m3, the Nemo is a pretty practical small LCV. Moreover thanks to its compact exterior dimensions (only 3.86 m long), the vehicle is pretty agile around the city as well. The Citroen Nemo is available with a 1.3 HDi diesel engine which meets the latest Euro 5 emission norms and delivers low fuel consumption.

Design

Citroen Nemo

Following the latest design language seen at the newest Citroen commercial vehicles, the Nemo features a pretty cute exterior design with a lot of curvy lines.

The overall design of the Citroen Nemo is also pretty bold and proves that the French manufacturer decided to go totally freestyle with its new LCV, as it looks different from anything else from the market.

We’ll have to admit that we like to see this bold initiative coming from Citroen, as we’ve started to grow tired of all those boring bulky and conservative designs seen in this segment.

The Nemo’s grille is placed lower into the bumper and the bonnet is slightly raised giving the vehicle a muscular look. The bumper is bigger than usual and besides its central air intake it’s also equipped with two circular headlights that are placed pretty high from the ground. All four fenders are also slightly oversized enhancing the bold stance of the Nemo.

The headlights flank the company’s logo and have a stylish swept back design which gels seamlessly with the raised waistline.

Despite its innovative exterior style, the Nemo is also pretty practical and received fairly large sliding side doors as well as asymmetrical rear doors opening to 180 degree, offering easy access to the load area.

Interior

Citroen Nemo

While the exterior design had anything it needed to make a great first impression, we can’t say the same thing about the interior. There is nothing inherently wrong with Nemo’s cab, but it just lacks something and we aren’t exactly sure if it’s the plane design or the cheap materials.

Though, we’ll have to admit that despite the dull environment, the seats are fairly comfortable, with proper back support and plenty of adjustments to make you feel like home. There is also offered a standard Extenso foldable front passenger seat which turns into a tabletop if the backrest is folded into the cushion.

All controls are where you’d expect them to be and can be reached without needing to stretch more than usual.

Though, we’ll have to go back on the build quality and the overall monotony that dominates the entire cabin. Firstly the plastics are a big disappoint as Citroen could’ve done a better job. The instrument cluster is also rather rudimentary than modern and its basic design almost intrigues you.

Leaving apart the dull design, we’ll have to admit that the overall ergonomy is pretty good and the interior is highly functional. The audio system is fairly good and the air conditioner is also able to do its job with dignity keeping you cold and comfortable at least until the outside temperature hits 35 Celsius degree when the interior atmosphere will start to get a bit more exotic.

Luckily, the Nemo is pretty nicely kitted and offers features like, electric mirrors, adjustable steering wheel, driver and passenger airbags, ABS and EBD.

Engines and performance

Citroen Nemo

Until recently the Citroen Nemo, was offered with both petrol and diesel engines, but at moment the vehicle is left only with the 1.3 HDi unit.

With just 75 hp on tap, the diesel engine it’s not exactly what you’ll call nippy, as it’s rather more on the lazy side of things. The good part is that despite its lack of power it merges well with the city traffic, at least when it’s unladen.

If you’ll add some load at the back the engine starts to show its sluggish nature and will punish you with a weak acceleration. The vehicle will also feel highly uncomfortable on the highway, as it can reach 100 kmph in merely 16.7 seconds and has a top speed of 154 kmph.

On the plus side, there’s little wind or road noise and the engine is pretty smooth, so cruising all day long is pretty relaxing. The average fuel consumption is also very good, the Nemo requiring only 4.5 liters/100 km.

Citroen Nemo Engine Specifications

Engine capacityHp@rpmNm@rpm
1248 cc75@4000190 @1500

Ride and handling

Citroen Nemo

At the front, the Nemo uses independent Macpherson type struts with triangulated lower suspension arms, coil springs, hydraulic dampers and anti-roll bar, while at the back it gets independent trailing arm suspension with semi-deformable crossmember.

As it was designed especially for transportation purposes, don’t expect to any sort of comfortable ride as the Nemo feels a bit uncivilized. Though, when it’s fully loaded, the ride could be better and it deals well with small imperfections, but never seems to settle.

Due to its tall height the body leans over in bends, but the steering is pretty accurate and thanks to its direct feel you won’t have any significant problems at the handling chapter.

Verdict

Design

Citroen Nemo

The Citroen Nemo isn’t quite a conventional van and when we say this we aren’t referring only to its bold design. For a commercial vehicle it’s pretty small and the Nemo could find it difficult to convince its buyers that it has the optimum size for their commercial purposes.

Though, the Nemo offers a pleasant style, a spacious cab and even a generous load area that could appeal for those seeking for a compact and efficient vehicle for urban transportation.

The engine may not be as lively as other bigger LCV, but it offers fairly low fuel consumption and can deal great with the requirements of the city traffic.



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