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Hooray For The Relay: Citroen

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Panel vans have been popular for many years and the Citroen Relay has consistently ranked at the top of most lists. As of 2014, this model was redesigned and is can now keep pace with rivals such as the Ford Transit and the Volkswagen Crafter. What are some of the aspects that make the Relay a great option to consider?

Important Updates

It is first a good idea to mention a handful of the most noticeable updates which have taken place within this newer model. The Relay boasts a new grille, redesigned headlamps and even an optional LED strip to add a bit of extra flair. These amenities are then paired with updated brakes, an engine with lower emissions and an interior that offers technological gadgets such as satellite navigation and tyre pressure sensors.

Engine Power

All engines supplied within the Relay range offer a 2.2-litre diesel capacity and their horsepower will vary accordingly. This will range between 108 and 148 bhp. This is an excellent benefit in terms of flexibility, for drivers with varying needs will be able to choose the power level that suits them the best. On a final note, the Relay provides between 39 and 41 miles per gallon; ideal of you have been interested in purchasing an economy vehicle with muscle.

Interior Space

The Relay is considered to be one of the most practical panel vans currently on the market. This is largely due to the fact that there are no less than four different lengths and three different heights for you to select. So, some models are ideally suited for family transportation while others can be used for commercial needs. As the rear door is able to be opened to a maximum of 260 degrees, this van is a great option for those who are constantly loading and unloading freight.

Safety

The Relay has always scored high in terms of safety and this latest version is no different. ABS, hill assist and emergency braking systems are all included as standard features. Lane departure warnings and a driver-side airbag round out this category.

Those who are interested in a cost-effective and yet highly versatile panel van will not be disappointed with what the Citroen Relay has to offer. If you have been searching for these same qualities, you cannot go wrong with what these newer models have in store.

Citroen Relay: The Ultimate Van

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Overview:

The Citroen Relay has been in Citroen’s range of small/medium commercial vehicles for many years. So many in fact, its rivals, the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit, and Volkswagen Crafter, were getting away from it. In 2014 Citroen decided it was time for a makeover.

Built on similar lines to the Fiat Ducato and Peugeot Boxer, the new Relay has improved body styling which includes a new grille and headlights copied from the new car range, and larger than usual chrome chevrons. Optional LED headlight strips are also available and add that little extra styling.

Engine and Body Types:

The engine is the basic 2.2 litre diesel with a variety of power options from the small 110, 108 brake horse power unit; to the largest 150, 148 brake horse power version.

As one would expect from commercial vehicles Citroen have spent a long time looking at overall running costs, and fuel economy across the whole range is impressive. The smallest of the range returns a decent 41.5mpg. The 130, with the stop-start system, returns slightly higher figures at 42.8, while the L3H2, although not the largest model returns 39.2mpg.

CO2 emissions are well within range with the smallest van returning a low 175g/km, and all vans less than 3.5 tonnes, returning less than 200g/km.

Body types range from tipper, flatbed drop-side, chassis cab, and Luton box, with carrying capacity from 1,115 kg to a good 1,900 kg. Freight volumes range from eight cubic metres, to a decent 17 cubic metres in the largest L4H3 model.

Cab and Body:

Durability and reliability has been improved with the new Relay, with a view to keeping overall wear and tear costs to a minimum, while at the same time upgrading an old model to meet the rigorous requirements of today’s owner driver. Cab doors have been improved and driver’s airbag is standard.

Braking has been upgraded to include emergency and ABS. Hill start assist, and stability control are fitted as standard on all Relay models, and there are a variety of optional extras to help get away from the ‘basic’ feel of many commercial van cabs. Auto-wipers, a lane change warning system, tyre-pressure sensors, sat-nav, and reversing cameras are available.

Conclusion:

Citroen have invested a lot of time and money in upgrading a vehicle which was beginning to feel its age. Over 2.5-million miles of test driving has been carried out, and the doors have been slammed 500,000 times. With the new cab styling, and upgrading of engine efficiency and fuel economy, it shouldn’t be too long before Citroen begin to see a return on their investment.

Citroen Relay voted ‘Best Heavy Panel Van’

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There is no quick way to design a heavyweight van that is 100 per cent perfect, and suits the requirements of everyone that buy it. Vans need to be reliable mechanically, and tough enough to cope with the variety of jobs that they are called on to do. At the same time, as an owner you will naturally want good fuel economy, a safe ride and have the sort of comfort that you probably would not have expected even from your family car ten years ago.

If you want to know if such a van exists, then the answer has to be a definite yes, as the Citroen Relay has all of these qualities and more. To win the award of Best Heavy Panel Van, you obviously need to be the best, and with the Relay it is safe to say the French company Citroen have come up with a winning formula.

Raising the standard for the rest to follow, the Relay went through more of an evolutionary facelift rather than something revolutionary in 2014. The 35 L3H2 HDI 130 now has a six-speed manual transmission, giving first-class performance, and adding to a rather distinctive mix of load carrying practicality.

The Relay offers the highest payload in its class. This is 1,525 kg, which is way ahead of its closest rival. The load compartment is also set out to deliver the maximum space and ease of loading and unloading.

As you would expect in today’s technological age, this van comes with a shed load of gadgets. These include air conditioning, sensors for parking, Bluetooth hands-free, sat nav, remote central locking, cruise control and touchscreen audio software.

It’s fuel efficient too, at 38.2mpg, and comes with state-of-the-art intelligent tracking control and underbody protection.

As well as offering standard panel vans, Citroen has new models for specialist purposes, which is an excellent idea. Included in the range, you have Luton vans, dropsides and tippers. These a quality conversion models that come with a full company warranty that covers the conversion job, and the chassis.

The Citroen Relay is a shining example of what to expect when a vehicle manufacturer gets everything right.