Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth with USB box
  • Handbrake on warning light
  • Locking fuel cap
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Programmable overspeed warning
  • Rev counter
  • Satellite navigation system
  • Seatbelt warning indicator
  • Variable PAS

Entertainment

  • Radio/CD and mp3 player
  • Steering wheel controls for remote audio

Exterior Features

  • Electric front windows
  • Electrically adjustable + heated door mirrors
  • Full width rear step
  • Indicators in front door mirrors
  • Internally adjustable headlights
  • Nearside sliding door
  • Side protection strips
  • Side window demisters
  • Tinted windows
  • Unglazed rear doors

Interior Features

  • Anti-submarining seats
  • Auto illumination of cab light via ceiling mount button
  • Collapsible document clipboard
  • Courtesy light
  • Cup holder
  • Darko cloth upholstery
  • Driver and passenger sun visors
  • Driver's armrest
  • Drivers seat height and lumbar adjust
  • Dual passenger seat
  • Front door bins
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Load compartment interior light
  • Load compartment trimmed to waist rail
  • Lockable central glovebox - can accommodate laptop
  • Locking glovebox
  • Moulded rear door panel protectors
  • Overhead storage shelf
  • Passenger grab handle
  • Passengers underseat storage tray
  • Portable storage container on central dashboard console
  • Storage bin in top of dashboard

Safety

  • 3 point inertia reel seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • Drivers airbag

Security

  • Auto door locking
  • Central locking with remote control
  • Deadlocks
  • Immobiliser
  • Trackstar

Technical

  • 12V socket on central dashboard console
  • ABS
  • EBA
  • ESP
  • Rear 12v plug

Emissions

CO

CO2 (g/km)

158

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

General

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

Safety Concerns?

1

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

110

Based On ID

Battery Volts

12

Chassis Engine Number

Clutch

SINGLE DRY PLATE

Coin Description

Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code

Coin Power Output Code

Coin Series

Coin Wheelbase Description Code

Coin Wheelbase Name Code

Front Brakes

VENTILATED DISCS

Front Suspension

MACPHERSON STRUTS

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

0

Hand Brake

REAR DRUMS

Insurance Group 1

5

Insurance Group 2

E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

6

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

1

NCAP Safety Assist %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Front/Side Impact - Discontinued February 09

0

Badge Power

NCAP Pedestrian - Discontinued February 09

0

Badge Engine CC

Vehicle Homologation Class

Running Cost League Headings

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

24

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

30000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

2

Vehicle Homologation Class

N1

Vin/Frame No.

Engine and Drive Train

Automatic Transmission

1

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

85

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1997

Compression Ratio

Cooling System

WATER

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Engine Make

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Fuel Delivery

DIESEL

Gears

6 SPEED

Manual Transmission

1

Number of Valves

16

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

88

Camshaft

DOHC

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Combined (mpg)

47.1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

49.6

EC Urban (mpg)

43.5

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

Engine Power - BHP

110

Engine Power - KW

81

Engine Power - RPM

3750

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

184.4

Engine Torque - MKG

25.5

Engine Torque - NM

304

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Automatic Clutch

1

Plated 3rd Axle

Plated 4th Axle

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Make

Tyre Size Front

215/70 R15

Tyre Size Rear

215/70 R15

Tyre Size Spare

FULL SIZE

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

15" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

2254

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4963

Load Height

1662

Load Length

2670

Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches

1422

Side Load Door Height

1485

Side Load Door Width

1075

Wheelbase

3000

Width

2050

Width (including mirrors)

2508

Weight and Capacities

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.26

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

90

Gross Train Weight

5000

Gross Vehicle Weight

3000

Load Space Volume

8

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up

Max. Roof Load

150

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

2000

Minimum Kerbweight

1845

No. of Seats

3

Max. Loading Weight

1155

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

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.

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

Citroen certainly hasn't skimped when it comes to offering customers engine choices. It's common practice in this sector to offer one or two power outputs of the same basic turbodiesel engine. The Relay goes to battle armed with a range of three BlueHDi powerplants. Buyers get to choose from 110, 130 and 160PS units - and all are available mated to six-speed, all-synchromesh manual gearboxes. All engines are of 2.0-litre capacity and have been optimised for class-leading fuel economy. 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 the latest 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

Prices open at around £21,000 excluding VAT for a 30 L1H1 BlueHDi 110 6-speed manual and top out at just shy of £30,000 for a 35 Heavy L4H3 BlueHDi 130 in Enterprise trim. The Enterprise gets the 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. There's also the Trafficmaster telematics platform fitted as standard that includes Smartnav intelligent sat nav and Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking.