The Citroen Dispatch Combi isn’t your typical MPV. It’s a van really, with seats incorporated into it. With that said though it is a vehicle I came to like. For those of you with large and growing families this might be worth considering. If you’re a taxi driver it’s certainly worth a look, but will it’s €32,000+ price tag stand in the way of sales?
Inside and Out
For this weeks’ test drive we took the Citroen Dispatch Combi from Dublin to Donegal and back again. The first thing that stands out for the good about this vehicle is the height at which you sit when you’re inside. It’s high, just like a van. I like a raised driving position because it means that you can see more of the road.
Space in this vehicle is incredible and to me it is pretty much the ultimate taxi. The Citroen Dispatch Combi is available as a 6, 8, or 9-seater. I had the 8-seater and there is ample room for all of your eight potential passengers. Of course, if vehicle full of passengers you will suffer in terms of luggage space.
While test driving this machine I opted to use it to transport materials from Dublin to Donegal, via Wexford! If you buy a Citroen Dispatch Combi you will be told that it is possible for the rear seats to be taken out, but I was informed that this could be quiet a long and messy process, so I folded up all of the seats to achieve maximum space. This did the job nicely for my needs but sadly the seats don’t lie flat, which would make every potential owners lives easier.
The seats of the Dispatch Combi are very comfortable and the dash, although not the most attractive in the world, is fully-loaded with technology. You will find USB, Bluetooth and Aux connectivity as-well-as steering wheel controls. The dash is made from unstylish plastics, but my only assumption is that this is durable plastic, because let’s face it this vehicle will be up for a lot of wear and tear if you’re going to have eight people in it on a regular basis.
The outside of the vehicle is actually surprisingly stylish considering its a van and it has some nice angles to it. If I was going for one of these I would be recommending a very dark black colour.
On the road the Citroen Dispatch Combi is actually pretty nimble. It’s powered by a 2.0litre 125 HDi engine and it uses it’s horses in all the right places. The ride can be a bit bumpy, but in comparison to other vans I’ve driven it’s not terrible, compare it to other MPVs (that aren’t vans) and you might find it to be excessively bumpy.
Price: €32,900 – €39,800