Citroen Dispatch: All You Need to Know
The current Citroen Dispatch, launched in 2007 and given a facelift in 2011, is the result of a joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroen and Fiat. It is a much bigger van than its predecessor and competes with the likes of the Vauxhall Vivaro and Volkswagen Transporter. The Dispatch is a versatile van and is available as a standard panel van, crew van and a minibus. It is available in two different wheelbase lengths and two different roof heights with a variety of seating and load options.
The Dispatch has twin rear doors fitted as standard and two sliding side doors. The sliding doors open to a width of 924mm – enough to load a Euro pallet. The smallest Dispatch can carry two Euro pallets and has a payload of almost a tonne (988kg) while the longer wheelbase Dispatch can carry three Euro pallets and has a payload of up to 1,200kg.
There are two diesel engines to choose from; the 90bhp 1.6-litre, which is only available in the lower roof vans, returns 42.2mpg and the 125bhp 2.0-litre which is more efficient returning 44.1mpg. Service intervals are 12 months or 20,000 miles and insurance costs should be competitive ranging from group 3E to 4E.
Driver comfort has not been forgotten with an adjustable driver’s seat and adjustable steering column, electric windows and built-in SatNav system. A five-speed manual gearbox is fitted to the 1.6 Hdi models and a six-speed manual gearbox features on the 2.0 Hdi models. Every Dispatch has a twin passenger seat and there are numerous storage bins and cubby holes, including a large glovebox, deep passenger side bin and overhead storage shelf.
Air suspension is an optional extra enabling the rear of the van to be lowered to 491mm, ideal for manual loading. The system is self-levelling, maintaining a constant ride height, and includes tyre pressure monitoring. The system will automatically reset itself to the correct height if you forget before driving off.
Citroen says: “If your business needs to carry more – then the Citroen Dispatch is the answer. It takes up no more road space than a big people carrier and yet offers up to 1,200kg carrying capacity.”