If you require a compact yet surprisingly versatile small van, then the Citroen Nemo should be high on your list. Boasting twin sliding doors, a flexible interior which offers a larger payload than you’d expect, and economical petrol and diesel engines, the Nemo is ideal for anyone seeking a nippy city van or delivery option.
The Nemo will take a standard Euro pallet comfortably, and hence can be used for larger deliveries than just parcels. A choice of 1.3 diesel or 1.4 petrol engines, some offering stop-start technology, will return fuel economy of up to 60 miles per gallon, though economy topping 50 mpg is more attainable under standard driving conditions – the diesel engines are also surprisingly green, with CO2 emissions as low as 109 g/km for the stop-start version.
Practicality ranks highly among the Nemo’s features. The twin rear doors open to 180 degrees, and there’s also a nearside sliding door on some models. All of the vans feature Citroen’s “Extenso” folding passenger seat, which increases load length from the standard 1,523 mm to a much more extensive 2,491 mm, easily topping other vans in the class. A choice of different bulkheads is available, while unglazed rear doors provide enhanced security. The van is certainly a more sizeable option than rivals such as the Vauxhall Corsavan or the Ford Fiestavan.
Although the suspension can feel stiff, the Nemo’s ride is pretty smooth, and the punchy engines handle motorway driving easily. There’s good visibility from the driving seat, which is located closer to the centre of the van than usual, and the cabin feels surprisingly spacious. There’s plenty of storage space and the large glovebox is extremely useful. The van is based on the Fiat Punto, and drives much better than many vans of similar size and specification. Overall, it’s a great option for those seeking a frugal, versatile and compact van.