The 2007 Citroen Dispatch is better in every aspect than its predecessor. It is capable of carrying heavier loads, has an option of two wheelbases and two roof heights giving three cargo volumes. The Dispatch is now a noteworthy contender along with the large medium vans such Renault Traffic and Volkswagen Transporter. Citroen Dispatch boasts Smart navigation satellite navigation and vehicle tracking to make it more attractive. The passenger Combi trim is also larger, more flexible and able to have room for up to nine people. Citroen also added the ‘Enterprisec package to its range which means you get a Bluetooth hands free kit, electronic heated twin-lens door mirrors, USB connectivity for your MP3 player, front fog lights and removable full steel bulkhead.
The original Citroen Dispatch was a pleasing van to sit in, as it had a car like dashboard design. Most of the switches and controls seem to be taken from the Citroen car range and are clearly laid out and user friendly. However, if you go for Dispatch Enterprise you get air-con, a USB jack to plug in your MP3 player and Bluetooth hands free connectivity. The detachable steel bulkhead means not only enhanced safety when carrying tall or unbalanced loads. Citroen Dispatch customers can opt for 90bhp, 120bhp and 136bhp. The 90bhp versions has 1.6HDi engine. Both of the powerful versions use a 2.0HDi engine and the 120bhp model is more than enough for most jobs. The best of the bunch is the 136bhp HDi. Engine noise is muted, but opting for full bulkhead rather than the standard ladder bulkhead will lessen vibration further. Back in 2009 Citroen launched an XTR+ enhanced traction version.
This has limited slip differential at the front, mud and snow tyres, raised suspension as standard. Going for an enterprise package seems like a reasonable option: the parking sensors and twin-lens door mirrors make the van a lot easier to drive as you know what’s going on around you better than in other versions. ESB is available in the Dispatch as an option, but ABS with electronic brake force distribution are offered as standard. It has also been equipped with Traffic master Smart Navigation and stolen vehicle tracking as standard along with a removable LCD touch screen. The navigation system has programming by postcode and has a London congestion charge zone alert. The Citroen Dispatch is a rigid and compact but still manages to carry 1000kg for the 1.6 litre version.
The last model of this vehicle competed in the smaller end of the panel van segment. Electronic stability control is presented on the Dispatch but it is an option, but Anti lock Braking System with electronic brake force distribution as standard on the dispatch. It has equipped with Traffic master Smart Navigation and stolen vehicle tracking system as standard, with a removable LCD touch-screen. The navigation system includes encoding by postcode, and also alerts the driver with London Congestion charge zone when you are in the London. The Citroen and the Peugeot Hdi engine family is very reliable mechanically and electro-mechanically. It must be serviced according to the schedule for durability and long life of the engine.