CITROEN RELAY VANS
Introduced into the UK market in 2006, the Citroen Relay has become one of the most affordable, reliable and adaptable large vans on offer. It was updated in 2014 with an improved version to support modern business drivers, and then updated again in 2016 with a new range of Euro 6 compliant diesel engines.
CITROEN RELAY DIMENSIONS
The Citroen Relay boasts class-leading interior measurements with 1.42m between the wheel arches and 1.87m between partitions which is enough space to load an 8x4 sheet completely flat even in the smallest configuration. Similarly, the nearside sliding door - a standard feature - opens to a minimum width of 1,075mm and height of 1,485mm which is room enough to load a Euro pallet.
There's a comprehensive range of Relay vans available with four lengths and three heights to choose from, providing flexible volume combinations to meet the needs of a wide variety of professionals. The simple cube-like rear design ensures that load volume is maximised in even the smallest version.
The lengths start at 4.96m (L1), progressing up to 5.41m (L2) and 5.99m (L3) before reaching the longest version at a massive 6.36m (L4). The Relay is able to provide load lengths starting at 2.67m in the shortest L1 variant all the way up to 4m when you choose a L4 model.
As standard, the Relay van is 2.25m (H1) tall which can be increased to 2.52m (H2) and 2.76m (H3) producing load heights from 1.66m up to 2.16m which is bigger than a person who is 6ft 6. The H3 version is also a class-leading figure with extra room compared to the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ford Transit.
In terms of load area, the Relay starts at 8m³ in the most compact L1 H1 version and offers up to 17m³ in the largest L4 H3 models. Payload capacity is a real strength for this large van ranging from 1,115kg to just under two tonnes at 1,900kg.
The loading process itself is helped by the Relay having a load entry height of only 530mm. This can be reduced even further still by up to 70mm with rear suspension that features pneumatic adjustment.
CITROEN RELAY INTERIOR
When you climb into the cabin area of a Relay - using the helpful side step for added support - you will be met with a spacious and practical interior. There are 13 useful storage spaces throughout the cabin including an overhead compartment, two lidded gloveboxes, cup holders and a dedicated place for your phone.
The gear lever is in a comfortable-to-use position on the dashboard just to the left of the steering wheel so you don't need to stretch or have your hand too far away from the wheel. Finding a comfortable driving position is easy with a height and lumbar adjustable driver's seat. As standard, the Relay comes with three seats in the front.
If you pull down the centre seat, a table is revealed to transform the interior into a mobile office. There's enough space to support a laptop or tablet so you can organise your diary or reply to emails without sitting behind a desk. There's also a clipboard integrated into the dashboard which can hold purchase orders, invoices or any other paperwork.
CITROEN RELAY TRIM LEVELS AND SPECIFICATIONS
The Relay van only comes in two different trim levels - Standard and Enterprise.
CITROEN RELAY STANDARD FEATURES
As a modern business owner, or employee out on the road, Citroen understand that connectivity is a necessary feature which is why the Connecting Box is added as standard. The Connecting Box provides a Bluetooth system so you can connect phones to the van wirelessly to safely handle calls from staff and customers. Simlarly, the USB port performs the same job, but you will need a connecting wire.
The Teletrac Navman satellite navigation system is a feature that few rivals would be so generous as to offer as standard. On the Relay it includes three years' of live traffic information, routes and access to the Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking system.
Safety features including Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, ABS and Emergency Braking are offered on every Relay model as well as a full steel bulkhead which runs the full height of the van - even in H3 variants - and provides plenty of fixing points in the load area. Larger models are also equipped with lane departure warning which detects if the van is moving off its safe line due to driver tiredness or distractions.
CITROEN RELAY ENTERPRISE
The top of the range model is equipped with a 5" touchscreen integrated into the dashboard to project directions from the Teletrac Navman sat nav system. It also houses the DAB Radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
The cabin is made an even more comfortable place to be, especially in the summer, with air conditioning to set the perfect temperature. The cruise control system helps to reduce driver fatigue by keeping the van at a constant speed on long motorway journeys so all the driver needs to concentrate on is steering.
Rear parking sensors are also added which are particularly useful on a large van where it's more difficult to judge how close you are to other objects. The sensors engage when the van is in reverse to let the driver know when the van is approaching something in the way.
CITROEN RELAY ENGINES
The range of engines used in the Citroen Relay were upgraded in 2016 with Euro 6 complaint versions which involved downsizing from the previous 2.2-litre powertrain to a new line of 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel engines.
There are three power outputs available - 110PS, 130PS and 160PS - all of which deliver power to the front wheels and are equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 130PS version is the only one in the range to also have Start/Stop technology.
Depending on the type of load you normally carry and how heavy it is will determine the power output that is best for you. If you normally carry loads approaching the van's payload, it's best to choose the 160PS version; however, lighter loads won't need as much power behind them, so the smaller 110PS and 130PS options would be more suitable.
CITROEN RELAY CONVERSIONS
If a panel van isn't right for your business, the Citroen Relay is also available as a Chassis Cab and Chassis Crew Cab designed to be adaptable to a range of specialist conversions. There are also three standard conversions available as part of the Ready To Run range including a Dropside, Tipper and Luton van.
CITROEN RELAY DROPSIDE
The Relay Dropside conversion provides a practical and open load bed that is perfect for transporting a mix of loads and equipment, whether it's machinery, solid boxes or loose materials. Typically, Dropsides are popular with outdoor trades such as landscaping and light construction.
The side and tailboards, measuring 400mm in height, are all hinged along the lower edges pivoting down below deck level for loading. The load bed itself is created from a single sheet of heavy duty birch plywood and finished with non-slip coating. The front bulkhead extends to the full height of the cab and there are load retaining rings fitted to the aluminium perimeter rail.
There's a range of three Relay Dropside models to choose from based on the L2 and L3 versions of the Relay panel van with single and double cab options. With a single cab in place, the load bed is either 3,059mm (L2) or 3,644mm (L3) long, whereas the L3 double cab reduces the length to 2,805mm providing space for three extra passengers. Payload capacities range from 1,253kg up to 1,441kg.
CITROEN RELAY TIPPER
The Relay Tipper conversion uses a similar load bed to the Dropside option with the added advantage of being able to discharge a bulk load to the rear by tipping the body. A Tipper vehicle is often essential in sectors such as light construction and horticulture.
The tipping mechanism itself is operated from a cab-mounted cable remote control. The full width steel tailboard at the rear of the load bed has two sets of locks (top and bottom) that allow it to swing open to facilitate the unloading of the materials.
There are only two versions of the Relay Tipper conversion to choose from - the L2 single cab and the L3 crew cab. The load bed on the single cab model is 2,870mm long and can support a payload up to 1,222kg. Naturally, the crew cab version has a smaller load bed; however, because it uses the L3 configuration, it's only 200mm shorter measuring 2,670mm with a payload capacity of 1,033kg.
Every Relay Tipper comes with a full height bulkhead that serves three purposes. Firstly, it has three load lashing rails with high capacity load securing eyes if you're transporting equipment or solid loads. It also has an embossed steel panel to protect the cab from any shifting loads. Finally, it provides rear visibility for the driver.
CITROEN RELAY LUTON VAN
The Relay Luton van conversion provides additional storage space compared to the standard panel van by using space above the cab. Unlike the Dropside and Tipper conversion, the load area is fully enclosed.
The rectangular birch plywood load floor is durable, lightweight and most importantly, free from intruding wheel arches so it's able to offer higher volume capacities. This set-up is perfect for palletised loads or transporting other freight. Luton vans are often used by removal companies and delivery services carrying large and heavy items such as household appliances.
Access to the load area is through a lightweight alloy roller shutter door with a locking handle, not a pair of doors. Inside, there are load locking strips and tie rails. The tie rails are fitted higher up the body sides to provide a range of flexible loading options.
There are two Relay Luton van conversion models to choose from - L3 and L4. The smaller L3 version offers a load area that is 3,480mm long and 2,235mm tall to produce a total volume of 16m³ with a payload capacity of 1,147kg. The load area in the L4 model has a payload capacity of 979kg and can transport items up to 4,150mm in length and 2,390mm tall with an enormous load volume of 20m³.
The Citroen Relay has been developed with robust and reinforced parts to improve durability, reliability and running costs. Before being released into the market, the Relay was put through a rigorous testing programme that covered over 4 million kilometres of test driving and 500,000 door slams to simulate 10 years of usage.
To comply with Euro 6 legislation, the engine range has been updated and refined to produce more efficient driving. Citroen have even designed a front bumper in three separate parts to reduce costs if the van encounters minor damage.
The huge range of lengths, heights and conversions available as standard demonstrate how versatile and flexible the Relay large van is. With so many options to choose from, there is bound to be one that is perfect for your business needs.
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