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What is it?
Launched in 2007, the Citroen Dispatch is a panel van available in two wheelbase lengths plus standard and high-roof form. It’s also available as a crewcab and as a people carrying combi version with up to nine seats and windows. The van is available with either a five- or six-speed manual gearbox and there is a choice of four diesel engines.
What is the Citroen Dispatch like to drive?
The Dispatch is strongly built and drives well with good performance from the more powerful (and more efficient) engines. There’s excellent access to the cabin and the suspension absorbs bumps well. It’s best to order the full bulkhead to keep noise levels down. All three front seats have three-point seatbelts too.
What engines are available?
The Dispatch is available with four diesel engines. The panel van version can be selected with either a 90hp 1.6, a 95hp 2.0 or a 125hp 2.0. The crew van is only available with the 125hp unit, as is the platform cab. Meanwhile the combi is available with the 95hp, 125hp or a 160hp version of the 2.0-litre diesel. The 1.6 is mated to a five-speed manual, while the 2.0-litre units come with a six-speed manual gearbox.
What are the key standard features of the Citroen Dispatch?
The entry Van includes a ladder frame bulkhead, height adjustable headlights, twin-lens door mirror, powered front windows, two 12 volt sockets (cab and load bay), overhead storage shelf, twin sliding solid side doors, lockable glovebox, eight floor load anchor points while the L1 versions have five roof anchor points each side and the L2 version have six, height adjustable driver’s seat, dual front passenger bench seat, air con and CD stereo.
What are the key options?
Options include Grip Control to aid front wheel drive traction in slippery conditions, front passenger airbag, pneumatic suspension to keep the roof and load height constant - no matter what the load, the Look pack adds body colour front and rear bumpers plus door mirrors and an internal pipe carrier. There’s also the option of metallic paint.
What body styles are available with the Citroen Dispatch?
The Dispatch is available in two lengths and two heights as a panel van. There is a crew van version in the standard height versions of both wheelbase lengths and a platform cab on the long wheelbase. Those wanting to use the Dispatch as a minibus or large MPV can specify the standard height model with seating for up to nine people on either the standard or long wheelbase.
What payload will it carry, and how big is the load bay?
Citroen offers the Dispatch in two payloads 1000kg or 1,200kg. The load area volume ranges from 2.9m3 to 7.0m3, this means the long version is able to carry 8ft by 4ft plasterboard sheets either vertically or laid flat.
Load bay dimensions
|Panel Van L1H1||5.0m3||2254mm||1600mm||1272mm|
|Panel van L2H1||6.0m3||2584mm||1600mm||1272mm|
|Panel van L2H2||7.0m3||2584mm||1600mm||1630mm|
|Crew Van L1||2.9m3||1780mm||1600mm||1272mm|
|Crew van L2||3.6m3||2110mm||1600mm||1272mm|
Loading height 562-604mm
Width between wheel arches 1245mm
What convenience features does the load bay provide?
The rear doors open to 180degrees if the stays are detatched. There is a ladder-frame bulkhead on lower spec models with a full steel version on the higher Enterprise spec vans, while the crew vans gain a full bulkhead with window. The vans have eight floor and five roof anchor points, a load compartment light and a 12volt socket in the load bay.
What will it cost to run?
The Citroen Dispatch’s most efficient engine is the 125hp 2.0-litre which comes in at 168g/km in L1H1 form this also results in an official fuel figure of 44.1mpg.
Efficiencies of the panel van are largely governed by the length and height that buyers opt for, which means the L2H2 version with either the 95hp or 125hp engine both come in at 186g/km for CO2 and 39.8mpg.
Service intervals are a competitive 20,000 miles.
What safety features are fitted?
ABS and emergency brake assist are standard across the range. There’s a driver’s airbag across the range and a passenger airbag as standard on the MPV Combi SX version.
What does the Citroen Dispatch compete with?
Fiat Scudo, Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Vito, Peugeot Expert, Renault Trafic, Vauxhall Vivaro and VW Transporter.