Citroën Relay Review & Buyers' Guide

Available as: Panel Van, Chassis Cab, Chassis Crew Cab, Dropside, Luton, Minibus, Platform Cab,
Refrigerated, Tipper Engine options: 2.2TD 110/130/150hp 3.0TD 180hp Volume (m³): 8.0 – 17.0Payload (kg): 1,065 – 1,827

Our Verdict
A sensible, well-equipped workhorse that is unlikely to disappoint.

relay-2012-bg2The arrival of the new and mandatory Euro 5 exhaust emission regulations has had a significant and positive impact on the choice of engines offered in Citroen’s Relay: and that impact includes a power boost.

Today’s all-diesel line-up includes a new 110hp 2.2-litre HDi with a six-speed gearbox — six speeds are now standard across the range — which replaces the old 100hp HDi engine which came with a five-speed box. A 130hp 2.2 HDi has displaced the 120hp lump, a 150hp 2.2 HDi unit has been added to the Relay portfolio while a 3.0-litre 180hp HDi is now the beefiest powerplant that can be specified. It displaces the 160hp HDi.

CO2 output ranges from a modest 195g/km to 229g/km and all Relay diesels can operate on up to 30 per cent biodiesel without modification.

Load cube runs from 8.0m3 to 17.0m3, gross weights range from 3.0 tonnes to a shade over 4.0 tonnes while gross payload capacity stretches from 1,065kg to 1,827kg.

relay-2012-bg3aAll Relay vans feature Trafficmaster Smartnav, a satellite navigation system, along with Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking. Two levels of specification are offered — standard and Enterprise — with the latter embracing air-conditioning, a full-height steel bulkhead, rear parking sensors and Bluetooth.

Service intervals are set at 30,000 miles (remarkably long: perhaps too long) or two years and Relay is covered by a three-year/100,000-mile warranty.

Basic prices range from £18,380 to £26,185 if you take into account chassis cabs fitted with dropside, Luton and tipper bodies as well as van models. Relay is produced as a chassis crew cab too, and Citroen’s remarkably comprehensive Ready to Run line-up of specialist conversions extends way beyond what is shown in the standard price list. Among other vehicles it embraces car transporters, glass carriers, refrigerated vans, minibuses and chassis bodied to carry small items of plant.

Relay looks good, rides and handles well, is frugal and the shift to Euro 5 has helped cut engine noise. More work still needs to be done to tune out wind noise and road roar, however, and there is still room for improvement where build quality is concerned.

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