Citroen Relay review

Category: Large Van

Section: Performance & drive

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

While the Citroen Relay’s design hasn’t evolved much over time, its engines certainly have. The Relay has flicked between 2.2-litre and 2.0-litre engines several times, even flirting with a 3.0-litre engine for a while, before settling on the new 2.2-litre BlueHDI unit.

Where the previous engine quickly became tiresome, mainly due to it being so noisy, the newer version is a great improvement. However, it does retain an underlying thrum, which makes it feel less refined than some of the other engines in competitors.

Adding to its image as a utilitarian van that forgoes the frills many newer vans have adopted in favour of an air of hard-nosed hard work, the gearshift is firm and quite notchy, requiring a purposeful nudge to see it through. The steering is also heavy and the suspension firm, but they work together nicely: it’s a rudimentary but satisfying, safe and secure van to drive.

The Relay has always been blessed with an open and airy cabin, which means forward visibility is excellent . The rearwards view is helped by large wing mirrors. The seating position is high, even for a large van, which also helps give you a good view of the road ahead.

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