The Citroen Relay is covered by a three-year/100,000-mile warranty with no mileage limit in the first two years. Roadside assistance is included for the first year.
A five-year anti-perforation corrosion warranty and a two-year paintwork warranty form part of the deal too.
Service intervals are set at two years/30,000 miles.
As well as the usual immobiliser, our Relay was protected by a perimetric anti-theft alarm plus a Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking system, which is standard – an excellent move implemented some time ago.
All the doors lock automatically once the vehicle is in motion.
Finally, rubbing strips are fitted to the sides and rear doors to protect them from minor damage and the use of a three-piece front bumper means it will not have to be replaced in its entirety if only one section happens to come to grief.
Citroen Relay 35 L3H2 BlueHDi 130 Enterprise Van
|Price (ex VAT)||£28,160|
|Price range (ex VAT)||£21,560-£34,495|
|Load width (min/max)||1,422/1,870mm|
|Load bay height||1,932mm|
|Rear door aperture||1,562x1,790mm|
|Side door aperture||1,250x1,755mm|
|Gross vehicle weight||3,500kg|
|Braked trailer towing weight||2,500kg|
|Cost per mile||53.9p*|
|Engine size||1,997cc, 130hp @ 3,750rpm|
|Torque||350Nm @ 1,750rpm|
|Fuel economy||42.8.mpg (combined)|
|Fuel tank||90 litres|
|Price as tested||£28,160|
|* Source: KwikCarcost over 4yrs/80,000mls|
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• Load volume 9.5-15.1m3
• Gross payload 872-2,169kg
• Engine 105hp, 130hp, 170hp 2.0 diesel
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• Gross payload 920-2,200kg
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