Citroën Relay review

Category: Large Van

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Citroen Relay interior
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What Car?’s Relay (2019) deals

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Another area where the Citroën 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.

Enterprise is a more luxurious version of X, adding air-conditioning, cruise control and a speed limiter, as well as rear parking sensors. It also gets the 5.0in touchscreen with satellite navigation added, plus an alarm. 

The final trim available is Driver, which enhances Enterprise specification with a rear parking camera, automatic wipers and lights and a Driver Assist Pack, which includes new safety features like Lane Departure Warning, speed sign recognition, collision alert and Active Safety Brake. On the outside, Driver models also get the LED headlights integrated into the main headlamp unit.

Driver is without a doubt the best of the packages, but we believe that most buyers would find an Enterprise model suited their needs. In contrast, X models are really only suited for rental or fleets that work the vans hard and change them quickly.

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.

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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, so if you're prepared to forgo any frills, it could be worth looking at.

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