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CITROEN DISPATCH XL DIESEL

1400 2.0 BlueHDi 145 Van Driver Pro

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Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Diesel
Transmission
Transmission Manual
Top Speed
Top Speed 106mph

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2
    149
  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    207
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    197

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    No
  • Bore
    85
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1997
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cooling System
    WATER
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    Yes
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Stroke
    88
  • Valve gear
    DOHC

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL
    6.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    35.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    32.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    35.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    41.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    47.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    31.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    38
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH
    38.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL
    44.8

General

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    145
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Battery Volts
    12
  • Chassis Engine Number
    Not Available
  • Clutch
    SINGLE DRY PLATE
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Exhaust System
    CATALYTIC CONVERTER AND EGR
  • Front Brakes
    VENTILATED DISCS
  • Front Suspension
    MACPHERSON STRUTS
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Hand Brake
    REAR WHEELS
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    1
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Front/Side Impact - Discontinued February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - LCV
    Bronze
  • NCAP Pedestrian - Discontinued February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    37
  • Rear Brakes
    DISCS
  • Rear Suspension
    COIL SPRINGS
  • Running Cost League Headings
    Not Available
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    25000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    2
  • Steering
    PAS
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • BHP
    144
  • Engine Power KW
    106
  • Engine Power RPM
    3750
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    251
  • Engine Torque MKG
    34.7
  • Engine Torque NM
    340
  • Engine Torque RPM
    2000
  • Top Speed
    106

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Automatic Clutch
    No
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/60 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/60 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    CURVE
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    881
  • Height
    1940
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    5309
  • Load Height
    1397
  • Load Length
    2862
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    1258
  • Load Width
    1628
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    1282
  • Rear Door Height
    1220
  • Rear Overhang
    1153
  • Side Load Door Height
    1241
  • Side Load Door Width
    935
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.4
  • Upper Rear Door Width
    1282
  • Wheelbase
    3275
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    1920
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2204

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    70
  • Gross Train Weight
    5000
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3100
  • Load Space Volume
    6.1
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1692
  • No. of Seats
    3
  • Payload
    1408
  • Plated 2nd Axle
    1800
  • Plated Front Axle
    1500

Citroen reckons that this third generation Dispatch van is its most important commercial vehicle for two decades. Jonathan Crouch checks out what's on offer.

Background

With this third generation Dispatch, Citroen aims to almost double its market share in the LCV sector, so this van had better be very good indeed in this MK3 model guise. This is Citroen's new-generation Euro6-compatible entry in the volume medium-range van sector, where VW Transporters, Vauxhall Vivaros, Mercedes Vitos, Renault Trafics and Ford Transit Custom models rule the roost. Taking on this lot isn't something you'd want to do single-handed, so the French brand has chosen to share this design not only with its partner Peugeot's Expert model, but also with Toyota's Proace, Vauxhall's Vivaro and Fiat's Talento: all these vans share the same platform. The previous generation version of this vehicle didn't significantly trouble the main players in this segment. This MK3 model though, has got itself sorted out, with more sophisticated design and larger load volumes that rival anything in the class. You get clever design, proven engines and low running costs in a package that certainly works on paper. Whether it'll cut the mustard day-in-day-out though is what we're here to find out.

Driving Experience

Citroen reckons that the handling on this MK3 model Dispatch has narrowed the dynamic gap in this regard to the class-leading Transit Custom. Engine choice in a Dispatch is pretty straightforward, provided you've a clear idea of the kind of work you want it to do. Sensibly, all the Euro6.2-compliant units on offer are diesels and if your needs are mainly based around lighter loads and short distance urban work, then the entry-level 100hp 1.5-litre BlueHDi 100 unit may well be quite sufficient. There's also a 1.5 BlueHDi 120 engine mated to the brand's smooth EAT8 auto gearbox. Otherwise, you'll be looking at a 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel, either the BlueHDi 120, the BlueHDi 150 or the BlueHDi 180 (the latter unit available only with 8-speed EAT8 automatic transmission). There's also a full-electric version, the e-Dispatch, which offers a 148 mile driving range with a 50kWh battery or a 211 mile range with a 75kWh battery. A key factor behind the success of the previous generation Dispatch was the way it remained compact and wieldy in the manner of smaller, more car-like vans from the class below. This model's bigger of course, but it retains much of that same usability around town and rides much better thanks to revised suspension and a stiffer EMP2 platform. Special wishbone filtering dampens the impacts of our country's terrible tarmac and the variable stiffness springs and shock absorbers deliver surprising levels of comfort whether the vehicle is loaded or unloaded. Citroen also claims that refinement is much improved this time round. And, as before, there's the option of a Grip Control traction system. We also like the 'Driving time warning system' which flashes up a dash warning after two hours of uninterrupted driving at speeds of 40mph and above.

Design and Build

This Dispatch may share much under the skin with its Peugeot Expert PSA Group stablemate but visually at least, it has its own distinct personality, Citroen's designers having gone for a fluid, softer face with a short bonnet and high headlamps. Visually, it's quite hard to pigeon-hole this vehicle into a particular market category. You can see that it's bigger than something like a Berlingo or Kangoo-sized Peugeot Partner but you might question whether it has the volume to take on medium range vans of Transit or Vito size. As we'll see, it has. On board, Citroen's designers have concentrated on improving ergonomics and driving comfort this time round. You get the usual high seating position and three-person bench. And there's certainly more cab storage space - 49-litres of it in the standard van version. Providing you haven't bought in with entry-level trim, the first thing you'll probably notice about the restyled interior is 7-inch colour touchscreen that's now been added. It can work with voice control and offers the usual 'phone and media features, plus an optional 3D Navigation system.

Market and Model

Pricing for his Citroen is, as you might expect, pretty much identical to that of its Peugeot stablemate. That means VAT-exclusive asking figures that'll probably see you paying somewhere in the £20,000 to £30,000 bracket for your Dispatch, depending upon the bodystyle you choose. As well as the usual panel van, there are Platform Cab and Crew Van options. Van customers get a choice of 'Compact, 'Standard' or 'Long' body lengths. Buyers choose between 100, 120, 150 and 180hp BlueHDi diesel engines and there are four trim levels - 'X', 'Enterprise', 'Worker' and 'Driver'. The e-Dispatch full-electric models start from around £25,000 (ex. VAT). Equipment levels across the range are a lot more complete than they used to be for Dispatch owners. All models now get twin front airbags, a DAB radio, Bluetooth 'phone compatibility, cruise control with a speed limiter and twin sliding side doors. As usual, there's a full steel bulkhead and a three-person front bench. At the top of the range, plusher models further include 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear parking camera, metallic paint, auto headlamps and wipers, body-coloured bumpers and an upgraded payload. New safety features include Road sign reading that flashes road signs up on the dash as you pass them. Plus, depending on trim level, your Dispatch can now come with things like 'Driver Attention Alert' to combat drowsiness, a Lane Departure Warning System, Blind Spot Monitoring, Automatic main beam switching, a head-up display and Active Cruise Control. You might also want to specify the 'Park Assist 180' camera system.

Practicalities and Costs

Buyers choose between three key Dispatch bodystyles - panel van, Combi van (with second and third row seating) and Platform cab (for various conversions). Most will want the panel van, which claims best in class interior space and comes with a choice of two wheelbases - one at 2.92m specific to the smaller 'XS' version and the other at 3.27m common to the 'M' and 'XL' variants. As for carriage capacity, the biggest 'XL'-spec van version can take up to 6.6m3, while the mid-range 'M' version manages 5.8m3 and the 'XS' model 5.1m3. Depending on bodystyle, the loading length varies between 3.32 and 4.02m and there's 1.26m of width between the wheelarches. The 'XS' and 'M' models get 1.90m of interior height, this increasing to 1.93m in the 'XL' variant. The new oblique wishbone rear suspension supports a payload of 1,400kg to make the most of the load volume. There's a towing capacity of up to 2.5-tonnes. Twin sliding side doors are standard and they can be ordered in a form that'll allow you to open them with a wave of your foot - ideal if your hands are full. Most models will be fitted with 50/50 swing doors, and these can be specified to swing round to 250-degrees. Inside the cargo area, there are the usual options to trim up the sides or to add a full ply-lining kit. A nice touch is the optional Moduwork feature. Here, the side passenger seat can be lifted to provide extra space with a flat floor and a large flap in the bulkhead, offering a useful storage length of up to 4m. As for running costs, well depending on BlueHDi diesel engine choice, you'll manage between 45 and 55mpg on the combined cycle and between 133 and 151g/km of CO2. As for the full-electric models, well the base 50kWh has a WLTP range of up to 148miles and can be charged by an iikWh wallbox in four hours and 45 minutes. The 75kWh version has a WLTP range of up to 211 miles and can support up to 100kW Rapid Charging, with an 80& top-up taking just 30 minutes.

Summary

Make no mistake, this is the most important Citroen van we've seen since the launch of the original Berlingo twenty years ago. It forms the basis for a luxury MPV in the brand's passenger car range (badged the Space Tourer) and will be key in persuading many companies currently using Ford Transit Customs, Vauxhall Vivaros and Volkswagen Transporters that they really should be taking a closer look at what the Double Chevron brand has to offer in the medium range segment.

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