What Van?’s light commercial vehicle of the year in both 2017 and 2018, and Commercial Fleet magazine's medium van of the year in 2018, the Citroën Dispatch van deserves the recognition it's achieved. Extremely versatile, spacious and practical, it combines generous load-carrying capacity with good levels of comfort and equipment.

The post-2016 generation Dispatch comes in three lengths, and can carry payloads of up to 6.6 cubic metres, 1,371 kg or 4.03m long. Twin sliding side doors and a step into the cabin make access easy – some versions also have hands-free sliding doors that open with a tap of the foot if you have your hands full.

If it's people you want to carry, the crew van seats six – still with 4 cubic metres of load space – while the Combi seats up to nine; there's also a platform cab version. The Dispatch is also less than 2m tall, which is low enough for you to take it into a standard multi-storey car park. A full steel bulkhead is standard on all panel vans.

In the cabin, the high driving position offers good visibility, and the driver's seat is height, rake, reach and lumbar-adjustable, providing ample room for tall drivers. All panel vans have two passenger seats with a storage tray, as well as a DAB radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

The Dispatch is powered by either a 1.6-litre or 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel engine with up to 178bhp and 251lb ft of torque. There's either a five-speed or six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed auto, depending on the engine. The ride is comfortable, quiet and smooth, and fuel economy reaches 55.3mpg.

Pre-2016 Dispatches come in a similar range of body shapes, and have similar load-carrying capacity: up to 7 cubic metres, 1,200kg or 2.58m long. Engine choice is similar too: either a 90bhp 1.6-litre diesel or a 125bhp 2.0-litre diesel, plus there are also some petrol versions around if you go back a few years.

Safety features include electronic stability control and driver and passenger airbags, while for security there's remote central locking with deadlocks, and separate locking for the cab so you can keep it secure while you're loading and unloading.

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