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Citroen Dispatch Review
- Low running costs
- Very refined
- Lots of equipment
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Citroen Dispatch M 2.0 BlueHDi 120hp Enterprise
Citroen Dispatch - Overview
The Citroen Dispatch is a mid-sized van that shares its underpinnings with similar sized models from Peugeot and Toyota. It’s available in three different lengths – XS (4.6 metres), M (4.95 metres) and XL (5.3 metres), while the roof is 1.9 metres high on the XS and M versions, which allows the van to enter most height-restricted car parks without any problems.
What is the Citroen Dispatch like to drive?
Citroen is known for the comfort of its cars and that characteristic has absolutely carried over to the Dispatch, which is arguably the most comfortable van on the market. The ride is superb – far better than you’d expect from a conventional LCV – and it’s also seriously refined, as there’s very little in the way of road noise.
What helps is that the Citroen Space Tourer passenger car is based heavily on the Dispatch (they’re more or less the same vehicle, underneath), which means both versions were developed in mind of transporting passengers in comfort.
The same goes for the 1.6 and 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel engines, which are quiet both at idle and on the move. They also have enough power and mid-range pull to allow a vehicle of the Citroen’s size to make good progress.
It may be a medium sized van, but the Dispatch isn’t difficult to park; the steering is light and visibility is good, while mid-level Enterprise models come with rear parking sensors to make things even easier.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 1.6 BlueHDi 95hp, 135-148g/km CO2, (31-33% BIK), 51.4-54.3mpg
- 1.6 BlueHDi 115hp, 133-137g/km CO2, (30-31% BIK), 54.3-55.4mpg
- 2.0 BlueHDi 120hp, 139-147g/km CO2, (31-33% BIK), 53.3mpg
- 2.0 BlueHDi 150hp, 139g/km CO2, (31% BIK), 53.3mpg
- 2.0 BlueHDi 180hp, 151-155g/km CO2, (34% BIK), 47.9-49.6mpg
- 5-speed manual
- 6-speed manual
- 6-speed automatic
Citroen Dispatch trim levels explained
Trim levels are really simple with the Citroen Dispatch. There are three in total, starting with the X, rising through Enterprise and Enterprise Plus.
- 16” steel wheels
- Full bulkhead
- Central locking
- Cruise control with speed limiter
- Height adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support
- Three front seats
- Driver and front passengers’ airbags
- DAB radio
- USB socket
- Electric windows
Enterprise (in addition to X)
- Selective locking for cabin and load space
- Configurable passenger bench seat
- Load-through bulkhead
- 7” touch-screen infotainment system
- Mirror Link
- Rear parking sensors
- Air conditioning
- Electrically adjustable, heated door mirrors
Enterprise Plus (in addition to Enterprise)
- 17” alloys
- Front parking sensors
- Rear parking camera
- Electric folding door mirrors
- Body coloured bumpers and side strips
- Front fog lights and LED daytime running lights
- Metallic paint
- Automatic lights and wipers
How to spec the Citroen Dispatch
Though you should always tailor the size of van to your business’s requirements (known as rightsizing), the Dispatch M offers the best combination of value and size, at 4.95 metres.
The mid-level Enterprise trim is also a good bet; standard air conditioning will keep drivers happy on hot days, while the rear parking sensors will help to cut down on low-speed accident damage. Finally, the 120hp 2.0-litre BlueHDi engine offers an excellent mix of power, low emissions and fuel economy.
Citroen Dispatch Interior – what’s it like?
Citroen increased the current Dispatch’s seating height over that of the old model, which gives drivers a good view of the road. The interior is also very clever; the central armrest can be lowered to create a small table for those who need to do paperwork while stationary in their vehicle and there’s an elastic strip that helps to keep the likes of PCs and tablets in place. The load area is impressive and ranges from 5.1m3 to 6.6m3 depending on the size of the body. You can also specify the Dispatch with hands-free side doors, which slide open when you wave your foot under the rear bumper. Payloads range from 1,100kg for the smaller models and up to 1,499kg for the largest.
Citroen Dispatch Alternatives
Alternative models include the Ford Transit Custom, Mercedes Vito, Peugeot Expert, Renault Trafic, Toyota Proace, Vauxhall Vivaro and Volkswagen Transporter.
The Citroen Dispatch is an excellent mid-sized van and easily one of the most comfortable and refined LCVs on the market. The clever, flexible interior is well geared towards business users, while the wide choice of engines and body styles means there’s to suit every company.