Citroën’s latest generation Dispatch is a very different proposition to its predecessor. For a start it’s available with a choice of two wheelbases and roof heights and the smallest one is bigger than the model it replaces.
The diesel engine line-up is good, starting with a 90hp 1.6-litre which develops peak torque of 179Nm 1,750rpm. There are also two 2.0-litre HDis, one rated at 120hp with the other capable of 136hp and fitted with a particulate filter. Torque outputs are 300Nm and 320Nm respectively. The front wheels are driven via a five-speed manual gearbox in the case of the 1.6 with the two 2-litre units benefitting from a six-speeder. Service intervals are 20,000 miles across the board. All three engines provide a smooth delivery of torque across the rev-range, but the 1.6 feels a bit underpowered out on the motorway. The 120 2-litre is the mainstay of the range.
As with the model it replaces the latest Dispatch comes with two sliding side doors and twin side-hinged rear doors as standard. Load area capacity is either 5.0m3, 6.0m3 or 7.0m3 depending on the configuration; the high roof option is only available on the long-wheelbase chassis. Load length is either 2,254mm or 2,584mm and gross payloads range from 1,000kg to 1,200kg.
The cab has a modern, airy feeling and the driving position is comfortable, despite a slight off-set to the steering wheel. The gearstick is facia-mounted and set at a good height, but it restricts cross-cab movement which isa shame.
As with Relay, Trafficmaster’s Smartnav package is included in the asking price. Dispatch comes with a three-year/100,00 miles warranty with mileage limit for the first two years.
Dispatch has turned into a versatile range of vans and we heartily applaud the standard fitment of ABS. A more than admirable joint-winner of our Small Panel Van award for 2007 and 2008.