The Citroen Dispatch is a panel van, which is available in several different specifications; with load bearing capacity ranging from 5 to 7.0m3. This review will focus on the most basic version, the SWB low roof van L1H1, which has a height of 1,449mm, a width of 1,600mm, a length of 2,254mm and a 5.0m3 load capacity.
One of the Citroen Dispatch’s strongest points is it’s economical fuel consumption; with careful driving the version with the 90 bhp version offers 42.2 mpg and has CO2 emissions of 177 g/km. All versions of the Dispatch run on diesel.
The service times of the Dispatch are quite long – yearly or every 20,000 miles – and many of its rivals offer lengthier times between services. Insurance costs, however, are extremely competitive.
Inside the Cab
There isn’t much legroom inside the front of the cab, especially in the middle seat, but there are some useful features, such a large windscreen, a cup holder, door pockets. The driver’s seat is lower than many other similar vehicles, making it an ideal choice for delivery drivers as access is easy. Remote central locking and a ‘Traffic’ satellite navigation system are fitted as standard.
The Citroen Dispatch is an easy and comfortable van to drive as the steering column and driver’s seat are both height adjustable. There have been reported problems with the electronic power steering, but these have been smoothed out. Comfortable suspension, and easy manoeuvrability make it the ideal choice from winding through city traffic. It’s easy to park as it’s the same size as a large people carrier.
The smallest version of the Citroen Dispatch can cope with a load of 1200 kg. Rear air suspension is an option that allows drivers to lower the height of the rear, making loading and unloading much easier – and the height readjusts itself automatically if the driver forgets to reset it.
The Dispatch has an excellent safety record and has a good reliable engine, if somewhat noisy. Side airbags are not fitted as standard, however, and neither are front fog lights.
The Citroen Dispatch is a high quality vehicle that represents excellent value for money. It’s a reliable workhorse of a panel van that can cope with large loads, whilst handling and parking like a car.