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Citroen Relay

The independent definitive Citroen Relay van video review

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    By Jonathan Crouch

    Citroen is looking to boost its share in the LCV market with this improved version of their largest van, the Relay. Jonathan Crouch reports

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 70

    Sharing a platform with the Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato, Citroen's Relay scores with keen pricing and strong equipment levels. If you thought this sector of the commercial vehicle market began and ended with the Ford Transit, you'll find the Relay offers a wholly convincing alternative, with features you wouldn't expect at this price point. Thanks to a fresh range of Euro6 BlueHDi diesel engines, it's now more efficient too.

    Backgroundword count: 184

    If you're looking for a large panel van, the choices are dizzying. Many manufacturers all clamour for your money, each offering a range of several hundred model permutations that, when broken down, all do much the same thing. How on earth do you make a selection and have any confidence that it's the right one? Or, come to that, even a good one? The good news first. The van market has become so competitive in recent years that the dross has been shaken out. The other factor that's going to make choosing a big van so much easier is that there are basically just four fundamental vehicle families to choose from. You can go for the trusty Transit from Ford, the high-end Volkswagen Crafter/Mercedes Sprinter package, the increasingly popular Renault Master/Vauxhall Movano/Nissan NV400 tie-up or the van we take a look at here, the Citroen Relay, also sold as Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato. The Relay's been with us since 2007 but the latest model with its BlueHDi engine technology looks best set to crack some seriously big numbers in the UK sales charts.

    Driving Experienceword count: 125

    The Relay goes to battle armed with a three BlueHDi powerplants. Buyers get to choose from 120, 140 or 165PS units - and all are mated to a six-speed, all-synchromesh manual gearbox. All the engines are of 2.0-litre capacity and have been optimised for class-leading fuel economy. There's also the option of a full-electric version. Citroen has also listened to feedback from existing Relay users who expressed a concern that road noise in the cabin was higher than the class benchmark and this Relay features redesigned shock absorber mountings to reduce the amount of suspension bump and thump entering the cabin. The brakes have been beefed up as well, with dimensional and tolerance changes to make them more effective. They're quieter in operation as well.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    Boot capacity min (litres):

    8

    15

    CO2 (g/km):

    158

    163

    Height (mm):

    2254

    2760

    Length (mm):

    4963

    5998

    Power (PS):

    110

    130

    Torque lb ft:

    224

    258

    ... and 3 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Vans

    Performance
    60%
    Handling
    80%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    70%
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