Citroen Dispatch (2007 – 2016) Review

Citroen Dispatch (2007 – 2016) At A Glance


+Height-adjustable pneumatic suspension and sliding doors on both sides, good variety of wheelbases and roofs, air con and Bluetooth on Enterprise, refined 2.0-litre diesel.

-1.6 HDi is strained at higher speeds, no ESP as standard on any model seems a major oversight.

The current Dispatch is a much bigger van than its predecessor, which puts it into competition with the likes of the Renault Trafic and Volkswagen Transporter. Like these rivals, the Peugeot is versatile and as well as the standard panel van it comes as a crew van and a minibus.

It's one of the most rounded vans on the market and it was facelifted in late 2011 with further improvements. It continues to prove popular helped by the fact it's available in two different wheelbase lengths and with a choice of two roof heights.

Sharing its basic shape and underpinnings with the Fiat Scudo and Peugeot Expert, the Citroen aims to appeal to buyers with standard kit that includes Smartnav satellite navigation and vehicle tracking. The Enterprise model comes with air conditioning, Bluetooth connection and USB connection for an MP3 player.

While the cargo space in the Dispatch is good and generous, the front cabin is not so ample for its two passengers, which is one of the few disappointments with this van. However, its versatility still makes it good choice for those wanting a good value and reliable all-rounder.



Used Buying Guide - Citroen Dispatch

An inexpensive worker, a used Dispatch should not just be cheap to buy, but also to run. We tell you what to look out for when navigating the classifieds. 

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What small van should I buy for my 17-year-old son to drive for work?

"I want to buy a small van for my building company. My 17-year-old son, who is an employee, will be driving it on his provisional licence. Any recommendations would be much appreciated."
Given the high cost of insurance for young drivers, I’d recommend choosing a van that sits in a low insurance bracket so you don't end up forking out thousands for comprehensive cover. Something like the old Citroen Dispatch or Nissan NV200 would be a good starting point: The Ford Transit Courier and Citroen Nemo boast low insurance and fuel costs. They are also capable of carrying modest loads and could be a good fit for a builder who doesn't need the space of a much large van:
Answered by Dan Powell

What used van do you recommend for £8000?

"I'm looking at buying a Toyota Proace, Peugeot Expert or Citroen Dispatch (around three years old). It’s for my business, but will also need to tow my caravan. Is the 2.0-litre Proace the better option due to its weight and five-year warranty? I have about £8000 to spend."
They are effectively all the same van, so prioritise condition and history over the badge. That means a fully documented service record and wallet of receipts to show any work that's been done. It's also important to note that the previous-generation Toyota Proace was only ever sold with a three-year warranty; the five-year cover was introduced with the 2016 van: That said, a good 2.0-litre Proace/Expert/Dispatch will suit your business needs, but opt for the more powerful 160PS version if you're planning to tow on a regular basis. For all of our used van buying tips, see:
Answered by Dan Powell

Should I take my van back to the dealer if it has some issues with the brakes and oil?

"I've just bought a 2009 Citroen Dispatch 1.6 off a dealer after part exchanging my old van. After driving it for a few days, I've noticed some oil spots on the floor and sometimes what I believe to be coolant. The brakes also squeal quite a bit for the first few minutes of driving. As part of the deal, the dealer had the cam belt and the oil changed. Should I go back to the dealer or wait it out a bit longer? I was told I have a three month warranty through an independent warranty company so perhaps I should get in touch with them?"
The dealer is liable for any fault that could have been present or developing on date of sale for six months from date of sale and to get out of this obligation he has to prove it wasn't present or developing, which is almost impossible. You don't have to prove anything. See:
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How much is a 60-plate Citroen Dispatch worth?

"How much is a 60-plate Citroen Dispatch Enterprise with low-mileage worth? "
Depends on the condition, but a 2010/11 Citroen Dispatch will be worth between £4200 - £5200 if sold/bought privately. Obviously, if part exchanging, the value will be less. For more details on used van pricing see:
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