2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
Citroën's box duck gets a new edition. The Nemo ranks below the Berlingo and is recommended as a manoeuvrable small transporter for the city. There are many practical details, comfort less.
By Sebastian Viehmann
Nemo means nobody in Latin - not a suitable name for a car, one would think. But Citroën had the cuddly clownfish from the hit movie Finding Nemo in mind, who has become a cult with bizarre ideas such as eating disordered sharks (? Fish are friends, not food ??). At the Geneva Salon there was even a Nemo concept study in a white and orange clownfish design. The Nemo is the almost identical sister model of the Peugeot Bipper (nobody knows exactly what this name should mean) and Fiat Fiorino (also an artificial name, but at least pretty). Like its siblings, the Nemo is built in Bursa, Turkey.
The Citroën can claim to have the friendliest face. All three vans look cute, but the large double-angle brand logo perfectly matches the car's likeable face. The huge plastic bumper with the headlights above it also has the advantage that small parking bumps do not immediately break expensive things. The Nemo is 3.8 meters long, 1.7 meters wide, 1.7 meters high and weighs 1.1 tons. The cargo area is 1.5 meters long and 1.3 meters wide (1.04 meters between the wheel arches). The maximum payload is 535 kilograms. The cargo space is 2.5 cubic meters - a lot for such a small car: the Skoda Praktik swallows 1.9 cubic meters, the Kangoo Rapid 2.75 cubic meters, and even the VW Caddy Delivery Van has to fit 3.2 cubic meters.
With the “Extenso” front passenger seat (297 euros surcharge), the capacity increases to 2.8 cubic meters because the seat surface can be lowered with a loop in the footwell when the backrest is folded down. The cockpit itself is simple and criss-crossed by plastic desert, but appears robust and is extremely functional. The footwell is designed like a plastic tub and is therefore easy to clean. All operating elements - there aren't many - can be easily reached, and there are also enough shelves.
Versatile mini courier
If you want more comfort, you have to pay extra. Neither electric windows nor a radio, central locking or a height-adjustable steering wheel are standard on board. If you want to upgrade your Nemo to a versatile mini-courier and order the electrical package, the ergonomics package, the variable front passenger seat and, for a better overview, rear doors that are still glazed, you can add a good thousand to the surcharge. With radio and air conditioning, another 1400 euros are due.
The Nemo is easy to drive and is French-casual. The lever of the five-speed gearshift moves fairly spongy through the gears. With the simple rear axle suspension, the transporter dwarf is resilient, but bumps roughly over bumps. There are two drive units available: a 1.4-liter petrol engine with 73 hp and a 1.4-liter diesel engine with 68 hp.
Both meet the basic requirements in line with the character of a commercial vehicle and are not bolts of temperament. With a gasoline engine you are practically constantly on the gas on the autobahn and country road. Citroën has an average consumption of 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers for diesel, and 6.9 liters for gasoline engines. The Nemo is available from 11,840 euros - around 400 euros more than Fiat charges for the Fiorino.