Citroen Relay: The Ultimate Van
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 horsepower unit; to the largest 150, 148 brake horsepower version.
As one would expect from commercial vehicles Citroen has 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 a 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 have 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 own 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.
Citroen has 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.