Four medium vans to look out for: Dispatch, Transit Custom, NV300, Vivaro

Date: Tuesday, June 05, 2018

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Citroen Dispatch

The Dispatch is available with one roof height of 1.90m and three lengths of 4.60m, 4.95m, and 5.30m, which help to give the latter two a 1,400kg-plus payload that matches its Peugeot Expert and Toyota Proace sisters.

All three were joint winners of the 2018 What Van? Medium Van of the Year award.

Power is provided by 1.6-litre (95hp or 115hp) or 2.0-litre (120hp, 150hp or 180hp) diesels.

We tried the 150hp M Blue HDi in the top Enterprise Plus trim, and with the help of stop/start – standard across the range – it boasts impressive official stats of 53.3mpg and 139g/km of CO2.

The engine delivers excellent acceleration, while a slick gear change from the six-speed manual transmission helps get the best out of the impressively responsive powertrain.

Cruise control is included across the range.

The ride is smooth and refined with little discomfort caused by uneven road surfaces, and wind and engine noise is not intrusive.

Interior finishing may not quite match Ford’s Transit Custom or VW’s Transporter, but the cabin is well laid out with useful features.

Sample model: Enterprise 2.0 M Blue HD1

Engine size    2.0-litre
Payload     1,484kg
Load volume    5.8m3
Combined mpg 53.3mpg
CO2    139g/km
Price (ex VAT) £21,769


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