Citroen Relay review

Category: Large Van

Section: Introduction

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Introduction

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The Citroen Relay forged its reputation as an affordable large van many years ago, its popularity driven at least in part by the fact that attractive discounts were all the rage at the French manufacturer at the time.

Now, as it draws towards what should be its swansong, this likeable, extremely practical large van has undergone one last revamp in order to keep with the times, adding new Euro-6d TEMP engines that enable this big workhorse to soldier on.

Perhaps counter-intuitively, Citroen has tackled the new emissions regulations by increasing the size of the Relay's engine; the theory goes that a larger engine will be more comfortable with a heavier workload, and therefore work less hard and emit less nasties.

In the case of the Relay, it has also provided an added benefit in that the power ratings across the range have also increased, the 2.2-litre unit now available in 188bhp, 138bhp and 163bhp outputs.  All engine options come with stop-start as standard, which also helps them all to meet the emissions regulations.

A six-speed gearbox is standard, but there is no option of an automatic gearbox. If you’re in need of an automatic we would recommend the Volkswagen Crafter or Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

The Citroen Relay shares its underpinnings with the Peugeot Boxer, which also has the same engine range, and the Fiat Ducato, which makes use of the body but not the driveline.

Design changes on the outside of the Relay have been limited since its 2006 launch. While the van was facelifted in 2014, with a larger grille being added, there’s little to split the models apart except for a noticeable band of LED daytime running lights within the headlight unit of the most expensive new models

Inside the cabin some minor tweaks have been made to accommodate new screens.

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