posted 5 years ago

New Citroen Dispatch HDI 90

The new Citroen Dispatch HDI 90 has the standard equipment specification of a skateboard, according to my builder mate.

The new Citroen Dispatch HDI 90 has the standard equipment specification of a skateboard, according to my builder mate. He passionately resents paying £15,920 - plus VAT and the £725 delivery charge – for a vehicle that has manual door mirrors and only one air-bag. Perhaps this is a reasonable point that relates to lots of vans. Granted, they are utilitarian machines – but surely, for the price, they should have a few more toys.

Good news, though. The new Citroen Dispatch HDI 90 has an options list. Buyers can specify a passenger's air-bag for £140, a security system for £170, and make the wing mirrors move electrically for a further £70. Keeping cool on hot days is easy too, so long as gadget loving van drivers specify the £800 air-con system. High mileage drivers may benefit further from the £160 cruise control feature. All these prices exclude VAT.

Even without these optional extras this French workhorse has a few nice features. Most notable is its 5m3 storage capacity that allows it to carry considerable bulk. This equates to a load-length of 2,254mm and a maximum width of 1,600mm. The maximum payload is 988kg, which is moved around courtesy of a 1.6-litre engine. This 90hp diesel has 180Nm of torque at 1,750rpm, sensible carbon emissions, and averages a pleasing 39.2mpg.

Clearly, the new Citroen Dispatch HDI 90 is a capable machine. Its space, versatility, and economical engine see to that. Drivers who choose to spend more on optional extras can also have a nice specification - so perhaps my builder mate can now sleep soundly.