A compact cargo holder aimed at urban based businesses
Sized in between a Peugeot Partner and a 207 Van, the new Peugeot Bipper is a compact cargo holder aimed at urban businesses. The Bipper was produced as a joint venture along with the new Citroen Nemo and the Fiat Fiorino.
The Nemo is offered with a choice of a 1.4-litre HDi common rail four cylinder engine (also found in Ford’s Fiesta Van), or a 1.4-litre petrol engine. The 1.4-litre HDi has a peak torque of 160Nm at 1,750rpm and its CO2 emissions are competitive at a mere 119g/km – this may give the Bipper the upper hand when it comes to congestion charges, and it’s also worth noting that the vehicle can run on 30 per cent bio diesel. It’s expected that 90 per cent of buyers will opt for the diesel model. Both engines have 5-speed manual transmission.
Given the compact dimensions of the Bipper, manoeuvring the van in built-up areas is easy. The turning circle is good at 9.95 metres kerb to kerb and hydraulically-assisted power steering makes life even easier. However, reversing is a problem, if not a hazard – the small wing mirrors restrict visibility and are simple not large enough to facilitate this van safely. Coupled with a 400kg load, the Bipper drove fantastically with no lag to the steering, great pulling power and little noise from the engine.
The cabin is comfortable with easily adjustable, plush seats. A radio/MP3 compatible CD player comes as standard, but you’ll have to pay a premium for Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, air con and cruise control. Storage options available are deep door pockets, drinks holders and a larger than average glove compartment.
ABS comes as standard on all Bippers, with ventilated 257mm-diameter disc brakes installed at the front and drums at the back. Electronic Stability Programme is not available at present, but could be a possibility for the future. An additional safety feature is the locking system meaning that the cab can be locked independently whilst you’re accessing the load.
With a maximum payload of 610kg, a 2.5cu.m cargo bay, and the option to expand the load space by 2.8cu.m, the Bipper is the height of versatility. Folding down the new Multi Flex passenger seat, provides the extra load space and to protect the driver, an option of a mesh bulkhead can be added to separate the driver from the passenger area. Rear doors open to 180 degrees but there is not the option of a hatch. Side sliding doors are offered as an additional extra.
With low emissions and fuel economy for the diesel model set at 62.8mpg combined, the new Nemo represents a great solution for an urban-based business.
Engine : 1.4i / 1.4 HDi
Transmission: 5 speed manual
Power Output: 70hp
Maximum Torque: 120Nm @ 1750rpm
Fuel consumption(mpg): 41/62.8 (combined)
CO2 (g/km): 164 / 119
Insurance Group: 3A – T2
Turning circle (m): 9.95
Maximum Pay Load (kg): 610
Maximum roof load (kg): 75
Load Space (m3): 2.5 (Multi Flex adds 0.3)
Loading Length x width x height (mm): 1520 (Multi Flex seat down adds 970mm) x 1473 x 1181
Wheelbase (mm): 2728
Service Intervals: 2 years / 18,600 miles