WARNING: This van was driven by a professional driver in a controlled environment . . . with a paddling pool full of CUSTARD in the back. DO NOT try this at a Travis Perkins car park.
We asked rally star Kris Meeke to test the new Citroen Dispatch the only way he knows how – balls-out on gravel. He didn’t need asking twice.
It’s probably the daftest thing I’ve done
Kris said: “I gave it as much abuse as I could and they still drove it home afterwards, so it’s a strong bit of kit. I hit every corner backwards!”
He went bananas, then. And the custard?
“It’s probably the daftest thing I’ve done but I didn’t manage to get any on the roof. I’m sorry.”ROAD TEST: PEUGEOT 3008 SUV WITH E-KICK SCOOTER (2017)
The Dispatch comes in three sizes - XS/M/XL – with hands-free sliding door, head-up display, touchscreen with 3D TomTom satnav and reversing camera.
The big-daddy version has a 1,400kg payload and there is a bulkhead hatch for long pipes. Citroen quotes up to 55mpg in the 1.6-litre diesel . . . but NOT with Kris at the wheel.
The Brit is chasing his fourth WRC win on Rally GB later this month and is my tip for the 2017 world crown.
He said: “VW will be strong but we’ll go to Monte Carlo in January with more miles in the new car. The proof’s in the pudding.”
The proof’s in the pudding
. . . and all over the van.