Citroen Dispatch (2016–)

Last updated 24 April 2019

Citroen offers a choice of five power outputs with the Dispatch, from two different engines: a 1.6 Blue HDi and a 2.0 BlueHDi, both of which require AdBlue to help cut exhaust emissions.

The engine line-up starts with a 95PS 1.6 BlueHDi producing 210Nm of torque at 1500rpm. It has a five-speed manual gearbox and will reach 62mph from rest in 15.5 seconds. The automatic option on this is an a torque converter auto. Performance for this version is to be confirmed. The manual has CO2 emissions from 144g/km and fuel claimed economy of 51.4mpg. 

The 115PS version of the 1.6 BlueHDi packs more power, with 300Nm of torque at 1750rpm. It comes with stop/start technology as standard and will return an official 55.4mpg. The version we drove was carrying a 300kg load, and provided smooth progress with ample acceleration and car-like steering responses. It also offers a great balance of performance and running costs.

Citroen also offers a 120PS Dispatch with the 2.0-litre BlueHDi engine, and while it might seem odd to offer similar power outputs from two different engines, the larger one has substantially more torque at 340Nm as well as a much higher maximum towing limit. It will pull up to 2500kg (braked) compared with 1800-2000kg for the 1.6 BlueHDi, depending on specification.

The 150PS 2.0 BlueHDi feels a lot more responsive than the 1.6, and might have more appeal for an owner-driver with a slightly more relaxed gait at higher speeds, while the range topping 180PS 2.0 BlueHDi will only interest those who regularly need to utilise the Dispatch's 2.5 tonne towing capacity and 1.5 tonne payload. The 180PS is linked to a torque converter automatic shift gearbox as standard. 

The Dispatch is also available with a head-up display for the first time – a sector first. A transparent screen in the driver’s eye-line can show essential driving information (actual and recommended speed, cruise control/speed limiter setting, navigation instructions, and collision risk alerts).

Speed limits are read from road signs, so there is no way to remind drivers of lower LCV speed limits. Other options include an automatic dipping main beam, a 180º rear camera function and some are available with Citroën’s Grip Control, which improves traction on slippery surfaces.

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