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VIDEO: Citroen van survives savage custard rally test

By Rob Gill Published

Citroen Dispatch Van

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!”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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