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An Honest Review Of The Citroen Dispatch

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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.

Fuel Consumption

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.

Performance

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.

Load Area

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.

Safety

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.

Overall Verdict

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.

Citroen Dispatch – The Ultimate Middle Van

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Overview:

First launched in 2007 as a joint venture between Fiat and Peugeot Citroen, the Dispatch has become the mainstay of Citroens mid-range fleet. Available in a short-wheelbase model L1, and long-wheelbase model L2, there is also a high roof variation of the L2 designated L2H2.

If you need to carry staff as well as goods, then crew cabs are an option, as are six and nine seat combination variants, designated SX models. A platform van with various loading options is also available.

Running Costs:

Although petrol engines were available on the earlier models, the range now is exclusively diesel using 1.6, 90bhp and 2.0 litre, 125bhp HDi engines.

Economy is the name of the game running commercial vehicles, and the engines, designed by Ford and PSA, return an impressive 42.2mpg with emissions of 177g/km for the 1.6 size, and an even more impressive 44.1mpg, with emissions of 168g/kg for the 2.0-litre.

Although the 1600 may be slightly underpowered, the fuel consumption figures put the Dispatch in the same box as the Vauxhall Vivaro ecoFLEX, and the VW Transporter.

Load Options:

Depending on your choice of body, the Dispatch can carry 5.0, 6.0, or 7.0 cubic metres of cargo.

Unfortunately air suspension is an extra, but at a cost of 410GBP, well worth considering. It allows the rear end to drop to 491mm, lower than any other similar commercial. The package also includes automatic monitoring of the tyre pressures.

Safety and Reliability:

One of the Dispatch’s big let downs is electronic stability control is an optional extra, and not available at all for the L1H1 1000 HDi 90. Fitted with a driver’s airbag, a passenger airbag is a 140GBP option and side airbags aren’t available for any model.

Engine wise, both 1.6 and 2.0 litre sizes have a tried and tested history, and are a good reliable workhorse in commercial vehicles.

Cab and Comfort:

I’ve always found the driving position in Citroens, both car and commercial comfortable and relaxing, and the Dispatch is no different. With seat height adjustment, and steering column adjustment, the Dispatch will accommodate drivers of all shapes and sizes.

The range doesn’t have an automatic gearbox option, but the manual five and six-speed boxes have a light action when shifting up and down through the gears.

Plenty of cab storage space is available with the usual door pockets, plus cubbyholes in the dash, and a deeper bin on the passenger side. Central locking, electric windows and trip computer are all standard. If you require a higher spec cab the Dispatch Enterprise offers air-con, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, and a USB socket for 880GBP.

All in all, a hard working economical mid-range van, high load carrying capabilities and an easy drive make the Dispatch a good, value-for-money, all-rounder.

The Advantages of Owning a Citroen Dispatch

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Citroen’s Dispatch has become one of the most popular vans in UK with its diesel and petrol engines. This model offers a potential 40 per cent savings in fuel costs which is one of its biggest advantages. The Citroen Dispatch comes with 2.0 litre 16-valve unit and has a powerful engine with a torque rating of 180. Citroen’s diesel engines are amongst the best on the market and produce less emission than the petrol engines.

The stylish Dispatch van has an appealing chrome-finish grille that reaches up to the headlamps. This model looks robust and dynamic, with clean fluid styling and wide rubbing strips that protect the car in case of accidents. If you want something different from a van, the body size and style of the Dispatch is ideal for you. This van has a carrying capacity of up to 1000 kilograms and comes with a powerful pneumatic suspension that is ideal for city car parks.

The cabin of a Dispatch is quite roomy for its size and there are 3 seat configuration settings that make them comfortable, especially in long drives. This is perhaps due to the wide gap between the driver and passenger seats. When you are parked up in the lay-bys, you can take advantage of the flat dash-top that lets you spread out your paperwork and there is plenty of storage above the windscreen.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of owning a Citroen Dispatch is its low running costs as it can deliver up to 62.8 mpg on the fuel. This is good for a van that can carry a load of up to 1000 kilograms and the service intervals are every 20,000 miles. In addition, the CO2 emissions are under 183g per kilometre and every van comes with a 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.