Glass’s used van hero for August: Celebrating the versatile and economical Citroën Dispatch

07 August 2017

Glass’s used van hero for August: Celebrating the versatile and economical Citroën Dispatch 

7 August 2017

For those wanting reliability and economy  

The Citroën Dispatch has been named as Glass’s Used Van Hero for August. 

Each month, Glass’s Commercial Vehicle Editors hold a meeting to name the current Used Van Hero in the UK market – the model they believe offers versatility, economy and outstanding value for money.  

Andy Picton, Chief Commercial Vehicle Editor commented: The previous generation Citroën Dispatch has a good following for the nicest examples on offer in the market place.’ 

He added that for someone looking for a sensibly priced, good economical van with up to 1200kg payload you need look no further.’ 

Why? 

Later year examples are popular at auction with any offered in a colour guaranteed plenty of interest. The enhanced specification of the Enterprise model is actively sought out as it has air-con which is a must in the used commercial vehicle market. The engines are reliable and durable and offer great fuel consumption. 

When was it on sale? 

Originally launched back in 1994, the Dispatch was also sold as a Peugeot Expert and a Fiat Scudo. The second generation, launched in 2007, was again rebadged as an Expert and a Scudo and following the demise of the much loved Toyota Hiace, the Proace was added to the partnership in 2013. In 2016, the third generation Dispatch was launched and rebadged as an Expert and a Proace 

What’s good? 

Two lengths and two roof heights, central locking with deadlocks, electric windows as standard, a well laid-out cabin and a good driving position make the Dispatch an ideal used van purchase. Load volume is between 5 and 7 metres cubed and a payload of up to 1200kg adds to this medium panel van’s versatility. Other plus points include low running costs, long service intervals, a good dealer network, competitive insurance and readily available parts. 

What’s bad? 

Some Dispatch variants have been known to suffer from electric power steering issues, whilst safety features are not on a par with some of the newest competition available in the marketplace. Our top tip is to check the Trafficmaster satellite navigation system is fully functioning. 

Ideal buy? 

Citroën Dispatch 1000kg 1.6HDi 90 L1 H1 2015 plate with 40,000miles 

Retail £7,850+VAT and Trade £5,950+VAT