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Citroen Relay

35 L4 Diesel 2.2 BlueHDi Luton 165ps

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  • Citroen Relay 35 L4 Diesel 2.2 BlueHDi Luton 165ps
  • Citroen Relay 35 L4 Diesel 2.2 BlueHDi Luton 165ps
  • Citroen Relay 35 L4 Diesel 2.2 BlueHDi Luton 165ps
  • Citroen Relay 35 L4 Diesel 2.2 BlueHDi Luton 165ps
  • Citroen Relay 35 L4 Diesel 2.2 BlueHDi Luton 165ps
 
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Bluetooth
  • Vehicle Length: 6590mm
  • Load Height: 2390mm
  • Load Length: 4150mm
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Payload: 1018kg

Vehicle Description

Ten Second Review

Sharing a platform with the Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato, Citroen's Relay scores with keen pricing and strong equipment levels. If you thought this sector of the commercial vehicle market began and ended with the Ford Transit, you'll find the Relay offers a wholly convincing alternative, with features you wouldn't expect at this price point. Thanks to a fresh range of Euro6 BlueHDi diesel engines, it's now more efficient too.

Background

If you're looking for a large panel van, the choices are dizzying. Many manufacturers all clamour for your money, each offering a range of several hundred model permutations that, when broken down, all do much the same thing. How on earth do you make a selection and have any confidence that it's the right one? Or, come to that, even a good one? The good news first. The van market has become so competitive in recent years that the dross has been shaken out. The other factor that's going to make choosing a big van so much easier is that there are basically just four fundamental vehicle families to choose from. You can go for the trusty Transit from Ford, the high-end Volkswagen Crafter/Mercedes Sprinter package, the increasingly popular Renault Master/Vauxhall Movano/Nissan NV400 tie-up or the van we take a look at here, the Citroen Relay, also sold as Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato. The Relay's been with us since 2007 but the latest model with its BlueHDi engine technology looks best set to crack some seriously big numbers in the UK sales charts.

Driving Experience

The Relay goes to battle armed with a three BlueHDi powerplants. Buyers get to choose from 120, 140 or 165PS units - and all are mated to a six-speed, all-synchromesh manual gearbox. All the engines are of 2.0-litre capacity and have been optimised for class-leading fuel economy. There's also the option of a full-electric version. Citroen has also listened to feedback from existing Relay users who expressed a concern that road noise in the cabin was higher than the class benchmark and this Relay features redesigned shock absorber mountings to reduce the amount of suspension bump and thump entering the cabin. The brakes have been beefed up as well, with dimensional and tolerance changes to make them more effective. They're quieter in operation as well.

Design and Build

If you haven't tried a Relay for some time, you may not be up to speed with the way that the current generation design has been much improved in recent years. The front end features large high-mounted headlights incorporating daytime running lights. It also incorporates a multi-piece front bumper to minimise accident damage and reduce repair costs. Climb inside and you'll be greeted by surprisingly high quality cab trim and a logical dashboard layout. The Relay features a dual passenger seat incorporating a drop-down desk unit. Up to ten in-cab storage areas are available, including the glovebox, a dash-mounted document clip and various open or lidded compartments on the dashboard. In addition, there are large door pockets, storage space beneath the passenger seat and a sizeable 22-litre overhead storage compartment. There's been a clear effort not just to improve the perception of quality in the cab but also to beef up high use, high stress items such as the rear doors. These have been reinforced and higher strength door hinges are now used. Similarly, the sliding side load doors have benefited from reinforced rails, re-designed runners and improved door locks - all of which raise durability and security standards.

Market and Model

Catering for the requirements of numerous trades, the Citroen Relay range comprises a wide range of body styles, with four lengths (L1, L2, L3, L4) on three wheelbases (3.00m, 3.45m, 4.04m) and with three roof heights (H1, H2, H3). Relay van is available in eight body styles including a Crew Van, with load volume ranging from 8m3 to 17m3 for the panel vans. There's even the option of a full-electric version. Prices open at around £24,000 excluding VAT for a 30 L1H1 BlueHDi 120 6-speed manual and top out at just over £33,000 for the 35 Heavy series models. There's a choice of four trim levels, 'X', 'Worker', 'Enterprise' and 'Drive'. The 'Enterprise' variants most will choose get a centre-dash infotainment touch screen, air con, parking sensors, cruise control and a perimetric and volumetric alarm as standard. All Relay models get dark grey and black & red twill seat cloth, and have a smartly finished dashboard that can incorporate a 5-inch colour LCD screen for the media system and an optional reversing camera. That's on top of the electric windows and electrically operated and heated door mirrors that are standard, together with a DAB radio, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a Bluetooth system. To ensure a comfortable driving position, the steering wheel adjusts for both rake and reach.

Practicalities and Costs

What does all that jargon in the model names actually mean? Well, the junior Relay is the L1H1 (short wheelbase, low roof) panel van which can be specified in 3.0 and 3.3 tonne gross weights, and has a load space volume of 8.0 m3. Despite this being the smallest van in the range, it still has a load length of 2670mm, an internal load compartment height of 1662mm, a maximum load width of 1870mm and a between-the-wheel arches dimension of 1420mm - wide enough for an 8ft x 4ft sheet to be loaded flat on the floor. Graduate to the medium wheelbase L2 model and you can get both standard and high roof formats, giving respective load volumes of 10m3 and 11.5m3. The Relay L2 panel van has a load deck length of 3120mm and either an interior load height of 1662mm (H1) or 1932mm (H2). It can also be specified in 3.3, 3.5 and 4.005 tonne gross weight versions. Should you really need some capacity, the long wheelbase L3 format will be the ticket. In this configuration, the Relay van has a load deck length of 3705mm and an internal load height of 1932mm, which gives a 13 m3 capacity. The largest Relay panel vans are the 3.5 and 4.005 tonne L4H2 and L4H3 models, which have a load deck length of 4070mm. These are produced in 'Heavy Specification' with 16-inch wheels and tyres, and uprated heavy duty rear suspension. In L4H2 format, the Relay has a load volume of 15m3, which is increased to an impressive 17m3 for the L4H3 model. The 2.0 litre turbocharged BlueHDi diesel engines offer better fuel economy than before, but if you really want to get your running costs down, you'll want to talk to your dealer about the full electric version which can offer a driving range of up to 169 miles.

Summary

The Citroen Relay probably isn't going to be the first choice that springs to mind when you're building a preliminary shortlist for a large van, but it definitely deserves to be on your list. The basic van itself is extremely tough and well equipped, and from that point, you can specify a variety of options packs as required. Citroen has clearly thought long and hard about reducing operator costs. The service intervals have gone out to two years or 30,000 miles. There's also a flexible warranty of 2 years/unlimited mileage or 3 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first. The standard Trafficmaster system is also a real boon, allowing operators to benefit from efficient vehicle routing, avoiding traffic delays, plus there's the security of stolen vehicle tracking in the event of vehicle theft. If you thought all vans were the same, perhaps it's time you concentrated on how the manufacturers differentiate their products. On that score, Citroen's done a great job with the Relay. It deserves your attention.

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Vehicle Specification

Interior Features

  • Anti-Submarining Seats
  • Auto Illumination Of Cab Light Via Ceiling Mount Button
  • Collapsible Document Clipboard
  • Courtesy Light
  • Driver And Passenger Sun Visors
  • Driver Seat Height And Lumbar Adjust
  • Dual Passenger Seat
  • Front Door Armrest
  • Front Door Bins
  • Front Door Pockets
  • Height Adjustable Front Headrests
  • Height Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Interior Led Light
  • Internal Load Locks And Tie Rails With Side Panels
  • Load Compartment Interior Light
  • Magnet Cloth Upholstery
  • Manual Air Conditioning For Cab Area With Glovebox
  • Non Illuminated Lockable Glove Box
  • Non Slip Hardwearing Front Cabin Floor Covering
  • Passenger Grab Handle
  • Passengers Underseat Storage Tray
  • Portable Storage Container On Central Dashboard Console
  • Reach Adjustable Steering Column
  • Rear Bench Seat
  • Side Light, Headlamp Indicator And Battery Charge Warning
  • Storage Bin In Top Of Dashboard
  • Storage Tray
  • Two Glove Boxes
  • Under Dash Storage Areas
  • Two cup holders and mobile phone storage in centre of lower dashboard

Driver Convenience

  • Digital Clock
  • Door Open Warning Light
  • Fuel Gauge
  • Gearshift Indicator
  • Handbrake On Warning Light
  • Locking Fuel Cap
  • Low Fuel Warning Light
  • Oil Level Indicator
  • Outside Temperature Gauge
  • Programmable Overspeed Warning
  • Rev Counter
  • Seatbelt Warning Indicator
  • Speedometer With Digital Odometer And Digital Trip Recorder
  • Trip Computer
  • Variable Pas
  • Bluetooth with USB box

Exterior Features

  • 15Mm Thick Floor
  • Aerodynamic Pod With Additional Storage
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Dipping Rear View Mirror
  • Electric Front Windows
  • Electrically Adjustable + Heated Door Mirrors
  • Halogen Headlights With Clear Polycarbonate Lenses
  • High Impact Kick Strips With Side Panels And Bulkhead Protection
  • High Quality Grp Panels 11Mm Thick
  • Indicators In Front Door Mirrors
  • Internally Adjustable Headlights
  • Laminated Windscreen
  • Lightweight Roller Shutter Rear Door
  • Manually Folding Door Mirrors
  • Rear Fog Lights And Twin Reversing Lights
  • Remote Headlight Adjustment From Facia
  • Side Window Demisters
  • Solid Paint
  • Tinted Windows
  • Trifunction Aerial In Wing Mirror
  • Twin Lens Door Mirrors With Electrically Adjustable And Heated Upper Mirror
  • Two Speed Intermittent Front Wipers
  • Wider door mirrors - 2200mm

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang 948
  • Height 3200
  • Length 6590
  • Load Height 2390
  • Load Length 4150
  • Load Width 2057
  • Rear Overhang 1067
  • Wheelbase 4035
  • Width (Excluding Mirrors) 2085

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 90
  • Gross Vehicle Weight 3500
  • Load Space Volume 20
  • Minimum Kerbweight 2482
  • No. Of Seats 3
  • Payload 1018
  • Plated 2Nd Axle 2000
  • Plated Front Axle 1850

Performance

  • Bhp 165
  • Engine Power Kw 121
  • Engine Power Rpm 3750
  • Engine Torque Lbs.Ft 273
  • Engine Torque Mkg 37.7
  • Engine Torque Nm 370
  • Engine Torque Rpm 1750

General

  • Did At Least One Aspect Of This Vehicles Safety Give Cause For Concern? No
  • Badge Engine Cc 2.2
  • Badge Power 165
  • Battery Volts 12
  • Clutch Single Dry Plate
  • Exhaust System Catalytic Converter
  • Front Brakes Ventilated Discs
  • Front Suspension Macpherson Struts
  • Ghost Model For Valuation Purposes No
  • Hand Brake Rear Drums
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 1
  • Rear Brakes Discs
  • Rear Suspension Leaf Springs
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
  • Service Interval Mileage 30000
  • Special Edition No
  • Special Order No
  • Standard Manufacturers Warranty - Mileage Unlimited
  • Standard Manufacturers Warranty - Years 2
  • Steering Pas Rack And Pinion
  • Vehicle Homologation Class N1

Vehicle specification information is supplied by a third party. We endeavour to ensure all information is correct but cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Customer Questions

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How long will it take to get the vehicle?

The Citroen Relay in silver, black or white can be with you within three weeks.

How many miles per gallon can I get from this van?

The Citroen Relay has a combined fuel consumption of 38 mpg.

Do I get breakdown recovery?

There is a three year warranty on all Citroen Relay models. This consists of a two year unlimited mileage warranty followed by a third year warranty with a 100,000 mile limitation.

What are the service intervals for this van?

The service interval for the Citroen Relay Euro 5 is 30,000 miles or 2 years

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