Citroen Relay review

Category: Large Van

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Another area where the Relay has improved significantly over the years is in the addition of safety systems, some of which are mandatory but many of which are useful extras, such as Roll-over Mitigation and Hill Descent Control. Traffic sign recognition is also now available and a lane departure warning system can be activated or deactivated via a button on the dash.

For a large van, the Relay is also surprisingly economical and can achieve its WLTP fuel consumption figures of around 35mpg with careful use of your right foot.

Servicing intervals have also increased with the newer Euro-6 engines, rising to every 30,000 miles or every two years, whichever is sooner.

The warranty cover on a new Citroen Relay van is three years or 100,000 miles and it is covered by five years of corrosion protection.

We would recommend the Citroen Relay BlueHDI 140 in Enterprise trim as the one to buy, but if you can stretch to Driver then you should. Regardless of which trim you choose, if it isn’t already included we would suggest opting for the centralised glovebox compartment, which adds some much needed additional closed storage.

Based on list price, rivals include the  Renault Master, Vauxhall Movano and Fiat Ducato.

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Overview

The Citroen Relay is showing its age and cannot compete with its competitors when it comes to its technology levels or the style and quality of its interior. However, what the Relay does really well is move both volume and weight, making it a formidable working tool.

  • High payloads
  • New more powerful and economical engines
  • Looking dated
  • Feels inferior to competitors
  • No automatic transmissions

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