Citroën Dispatch Review & Buyers' Guide
Friday 17 August 2018

Citroën Dispatch Review & Buyers' Guide

£16,370 – £21,120

Available as: Van, Crew Van, Refrigerated, Glass Carrier, Platform Cab , Engine options: TD1.6 90hp, TD2.0, 120/136hp Volume (m³): 5.0 – 7.0, Payload (kg):988 – 1,188

Our Verdict

A more than deserved joint-winner of the International Van of the Year Award for 2008, Dispatch offers a broad range of models to choose from and we welcome the standard fitment of ABS and the Trafficmaster Smartnav system.

Upgraded at the end of 2007, and then facelifted at the end of 2011, Citroën’s Dispatch now offers a much greater breadth of model options. It’s available with a choice of two wheelbases and roof heights, with the smallest one being noticeably bigger than its predecessor. It can be had as a panel van, crew van or platform cab, as well as passenger car nine-seater Combi.

Dispatch panel van version comes with two sliding side doors and twin side-hinged rear doors as standard. Load volume is either 5.0m3 , 6.0m3 or 7.0m3 depending on the configuration; the high roof option is only available on the long-wheelbase chassis. Load length is either 2,254mm or 2,584mm and gross payloads range from 1,000kg to 1,200kg.

There are three diesel engine options, starting with a 90hp 1.6-litre which develops peak torque of 179Nm at 1,750rpm. Two 2.0-litre HDis complete the line-up; one rated at 120hp with the other capable of 136hp. Torque figures for these two versions are 300Nm and 320Nm respectively and the highest powered option comes fitted with a diesel particulate filter ensuring even lower CO2 emission figures.

A five-speed manual gearbox drives the front wheels in the case of the 1.6 with the two 2-litre units benefitting from a six-speeder. Mainstay of the engine line-up is the 120hp 2-litre, but all three provide a smooth delivery of performance right through the rev-range, though on the motorway the 1.6 can feel a tad underpowered on uphill sections.

The modern cab has a light and airy feel and the driving position is comfortable, though there is a slight off-set to the fully adjustable steering wheel. The gearstick is fascia-mounted and set at a comfortable height, but sadly it does slightly impede cross-cab movement as well as restrict legroom for the centre passenger. There are plenty of storage pockets and two neatly placed cup-holders.

Dispatch has a good range of standard specification such as multi-button remote central locking, electric windows and one feature we really like is the Trafficmaster Smartnav package that is included in the on-the-road price. Citroën boasts an excellent comprehensive ‘One-stop shop’ service too that means a complete vehicle conversion can be arranged directly with the dealership.

As with every new Citroën van, Dispatch has the benefit of a three-year/100,000 mile warranty, with no mileage restrictions for the first two years.








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