Citroen Nemo (2008 – 2017) Review

Citroen Nemo (2008 – 2017) At A Glance


+Surprisingly spacious small van, clever features include fold flat passenger seat, economical and cheap to run, available with twin sliding doors.

-Noisy on the motorway, ride is somewhat unrefined, tight on cabin space for taller drivers.

Citroen’s Nemo, along with its Fiat and Peugeot cousins, has been around since 2008 to offer van buyers a compact exterior with a surprisingly large load space inside. This Tardis impression is added to with the Nemo’s decent payload capacity that makes it a sound choice for those who want plenty of versatility but in a small package.

Citroen has managed to find enough space in the Nemo to fit a standard Euro pallet between the wheelarches in the load bay, so it is useful for more than just small parcel deliveries. It’s also well made, so it can put up with the rigours of continual multi-drop use.

The dimunitive Nemo is ideal for busy cities as it's great at nipping through congested streets and is easy to park. Add in good economy and low running costs from the 1.3-litre diesel and 1.4-litre petrol engines and the Nemo makes a strong case for itself. It’s just a shame the petrol is not so well suited to motorways.

Citroen has added the Enterprise model that comes with air conditioning, rear parking sensors and Bluetooth connection to make the Nemo appeal even more. It puts the little Citroen at the forefront of its sector and is worth consideration by anyone looking for a compact van.

Ask Honest John

Is there a small van that's suitable for tall drivers?

"Are there any small vans that have sufficient driver space for someone 6'8" tall?"
The Citroen Nemo/Peugeot Bipper/Fiat Fiorino will all accommodate a tall driver. If you need something larger then I would suggest the Ford Transit Connect or Vauxhall Combo.
Answered by Dan Powell

What is the best small van to buy?

"What is the best small van to buy?"
Our favourite small van is the Ford Transit Courier. It is offered with petrol or diesel engines and is surprisingly practical, with 2.3 cubic metres and payloads peaking at 660kg: The Citroen Nemo/Peugeot Bipper are also good little vans. They can't carry as much payload as the Ford, but have more loadspace and are cheaper to buy second-hand:
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What small van should I buy for my 17-year-old son to drive for work?

"I want to buy a small van for my building company. My 17-year-old son, who is an employee, will be driving it on his provisional licence. Any recommendations would be much appreciated."
Given the high cost of insurance for young drivers, I’d recommend choosing a van that sits in a low insurance bracket so you don't end up forking out thousands for comprehensive cover. Something like the old Citroen Dispatch or Nissan NV200 would be a good starting point: The Ford Transit Courier and Citroen Nemo boast low insurance and fuel costs. They are also capable of carrying modest loads and could be a good fit for a builder who doesn't need the space of a much large van:
Answered by Dan Powell

How much should I be paying for a used Citroen Nemo?

"I am thinking of buying a Citroen Nemo 59 plate with 147,000 miles on the clock. It has had a new timing belt and water pump fitted and has part service history. The garage will also service the van should I decide to buy and give a three month warranty. It's priced at £2200. Is a mileage of 147,000 too much? It will only cover about 3000 miles a year as it will be primarily a dog carrier and is £2200 too much to pay?"
It's an average price for a high mileage Nemo van, but I'm unimpressed with the dealer's offer of a three month warranty. Legally a dealer is responsible for any faults that develop within the first six months of ownership. That means means they should provide a six month warranty as standard. With that in mind, I'd be more than a little worried how they would react if you had any problems with the van.
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