Citroen Dispatch Leasing
Citroen is a major player in the UK van market, but in recent years, the brand has primarily been known in commercial circles for either fairly small vans or very large ones. This third generation Dispatch model is a mid-sized design that aims to change things in that regard.
Want to know just how far mid-sized vans have come in the last few years? You’ll get a real feel for that at the wheel of this one. Citroen’s third generation Dispatch is comfortable to drive, practical to use and supremely efficient to run, plus offers some clever equipment options. Plus Citroen Dispatch contract hire rates can be very tempting. Your right hand van? Quite possibly.
Why Would You Want One?
Structurally, most mid-sized vans borrow from an awful lot of older generation technology. In contrast, this Dispatch model, like its design stablemates the Peugeot Expert and the Toyota Proace, is built around the PSA Group’s lighter, stiffer and more modern ‘EMP2’ ‘Efficient Modular Platform’. We’re told we’ll be able to feel the difference that makes on the road and it’s certainly evidenced on the spec sheet, with a kerb weight that sees this design weigh up to 150kgs less than its predecessor and up to 300kgs less than some of its direct rivals.
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The differences don’t end there either. Most models in this class offer a choice of two bodystyles: a Dispatch gives you three, thanks to the addition of an extra ‘XS’ variant at the foot of the range that could be ideal for urban-based businesses needing something very spacious but also extremely manoeuvrable. Before considering the various Citroen Dispatch lease deals on offer, you’ll need to make your choice of engine. Under the bonnet across the Dispatch range, there’s a choice of five BlueHDi diesel powerplants, with customers choosing from a range of efficient 1.6 or 2.0-litre BlueHDi units.
Even the ‘XS’ bodystyle offers 4.6m3 of capacity and 2,162mm of floor length – enough to carry two fully loaded Europallets, which is pretty impressive given that in this form, your Dispatch would be only 4.6m long. Most choose the mid-range ‘M’ bodyshape which has 5.3m3 and 2,512mm of floor length. Go for the top ‘XL’ bodystyle and you’re looking at 6.1m3 and 2,862mm of floor length.
Don’t make your decision between these three bodyshapes until you’ve taken into account the potential extra capacity that can be freed up by a very clever extra feature that’s been incorporated into this third generation Dispatch design – the ‘Moduwork’ load-through bulkhead. It’s a standard inclusion provided you avoid entry-level trim and whichever bodystyle you choose, it can add a useful 1,162mm to the overall loading length and 0.5m3 to the overall carriage capacity.
The Bottom Line
A Citroen Dispatch lease gets you easily the most credible mid-sized van the brand has ever offered and much of the reason why lies with the light, stiff ‘EMP2’ platform it sits upon. This is more sophisticated than the cruder underpinnings that most rivals use, so can support cutting-edge electronics, at the same time as allowing this Citroen to deliver a more absorbent standard of ride. In short, it’s a package that should get the job done. Which of course, is what owning a van should be all about.