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Why Lease The Relay?

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Citroen Relay Review 2023

The Citroen Relay is a large van that's been a mainstay on British roads for nearly two decades. With impressive cargo capabilities and a generous amount of equipment as standard, the Relay is sure to serve your business well. 

Rivals to the Relay include the Ford Transit, Renault Master, Vauxhall Movano, Peugeot Boxer, and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Our Citroen Relay review covers:

Citroen Relay Key Features

  • Sleek front end and side subbing strips 
  • Comfortable and practical interior 
  • Up to 17m3 of load volume and a payload of up to 1,870kg 
  • 2.2-litre diesel engine with 120, 140, or 160hp 
  • One trim level is available

Citroen Relay Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Practical and spacious 
  • Plenty of equipment as standard 
  • Good load volume and payload 

Cons:

  • Not as good to drive as rivals 
  • Interior is outdated 
  • Not much safety technology 

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

Although the Relay is a large van, Citroen's designers have done a pretty good job of making it look as attractive as possible. At the front, there are sleek headlights and a chrome horizontal grille, while on the side, there are black side rubbing strips to protect the bodywork. 

Inside the Relay, there's enough room for three passengers. The driver gets their own seat that's height and lumbar adjustable, while the two passengers share a bench. There's no denying that the latter is a bit tight for two adults, so expect the passenger's shoulders to be brushing. 

Citroen Relay exterior

The Relay is available in seven different configurations to ensure there's a model to suit every preference. You get a choice of four lengths, ranging from 4,963mm to 6,363mm, and three heights, ranging from 2,254mm to  2,760mm. 

Depending on your chosen configuration, you'll get up to 17m3 of load volume and a maximum payload of 1,870kg. You can access the cargo space via the rear or side-loading doors. 

Interior and Trims

The cabin of the Relay Crew is pleasant and comfortable but falls short of more advanced rivals like the Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The dashboard feels well-built and practical, but it doesn't feature as many premium materials as we'd like. 

On the dash, you get a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio, smartphone mirroring, sat-nav, and Bluetooth. It's great that it comes with all the features as standard, but it still adds to the utilitarian feel of the cabin and falls short of its more advanced rivals. 

One trim level is available for the Relay: Enterprise. 

It comes with 16-inch steel wheels, an adjustable drivers seat, a dual passenger bench seat, a nearside sliding side loading door, a seven-inch touchscreen, rear parking sensors, cruise control with speed limiter, ESC with hill start assist, and ABS braking. 

Power and Performance

Under the bonnet, the Relay comes with a 2.2-litre diesel engine that's available in three power outputs: 120, 140, and 165hp. All have front-wheel drive and come with a six-speed manual gearbox. 

Unlike the previous range of Relay engines, the 2.2-litre units are all pretty decent to drive. There's enough power to get you up to motorway speeds, even with a full load, and it returns a decent fuel economy between 25 and 40mpg. 

Citroen Relay interior

As a large van, the Relay won't blow you away with its performance. It's decent both around town and on the motorway, but it's not as fun to drive as the Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Around town, the Relay is surprisingly nippy and manoeuvrable. The engines pull well from low revs, and the tight turning circle makes parking and navigating tight urban roads a breeze. You also get rear parking sensors as standard, which makes city driving a bit less stressful. 

On the motorway, the Relay is a capable cruiser. You'll get decent fuel economy and be more than comfortable enough for long journeys, but the two less powerful engines can sometimes struggle and fall short of the Ford Transit and Vauxhall Movano

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Citroen Relay start from £30,245.00 OTR* or to lease from £373.17 per month.

Looking to get behind the wheel of the Citroen Relay? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts is one of the UK's largest van leasing brokers and offers a range of leasing deals to suit your every need.

Leasing may be cheaper than an outright purchase, thanks to a low initial deposit and fixed monthly rentals.

*' On the road' price correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change; always check with your nearest retailer.  

Customer Reviews

Citroen Relay
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4.2 out of 5

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Ashraf Citroen Relay 35 L3 BlueHDi H2 140ps Enterprise

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Scott Citroen Relay 35 L3 BlueHDi H2 140ps Enterprise

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Ewan Citroen Relay 35 L3 BlueHDi H2 140ps Enterprise

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Fred Citroen Relay 35 L2 2.0 BlueHDi H2 Van 130ps Enterprise

We would lease the same van again but not from you.

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4.9 out of 5
Nicola Citroen Relay 35 L3 2.0 BlueHDi H2 Van 130ps Enterprise

Love the ease of driving the layout the squareness of the van Driving visibly excellent Fog lights in wrong place and also spare wheel access awkward say if on a main road it’s like they built for euro market and on incorrect side for UK

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4.1 out of 5
John Citroen Relay 35 Heavy L4 2.0 BlueHDI H2 Van 130ps Enterprise

The metal on the van sides is very very thin. So it drums and also dents easily. The seats need to be more comfortable. The sat nav should be integral and not a standalone unit as I fear theft. Security locks should come as standard on rear doors. But its a great drive fully loaded and its a well appointed cabin.

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