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Citroen Relay 30 L1H1 HDi 100

Great news. The Citroen Relay 30 L1H1 HDi 100 could be carrying your favourite stepladder from only £17,940 plus VAT.

Great news. The Citroen Relay 30 L1H1 HDi 100 could be carrying your favourite stepladder from only £17,940 plus VAT. This makes it the cheapest version of this spacious hold-all, that costs a vertigo inducing £26,285 plus tax in top-of-the-range form. That said, it may be worth specifying a couple of extras to make it more luxurious. Air-conditioning, that cools both the cabin and glove-box, costs £870 and Bluetooth can be added for £140 – both plus VAT. The latter connects to compatible mobiles so that motorists can use their phones while driving.

Now, low prices and clever gadgets are fine and fair – but what about the really important stuff? The Citroen Relay 30 L1H1 HDi 100 has a monstrous storage volume of 8m3. This equates to a maximum load-length of 2,670mm and a width of 1,870mm. Clearly, there is plenty of room for a whole pile of fancy ladders – assuming their combined weight is no more than 1,155kg. Best keep an eye on height too, the van's vertical capacity is 1,662mm.

The Citroen Relay's power comes from a 2.2-litre diesel engine. This 100hp unit only averages 35.8mpg as it has to shift a considerable weight - even unladen. However, fuel consumption improves to 38.7mpg on the extra-urban cycle. The compensation for these 'less than perfect' fuel figures is the copious torque. The Relay, which has five-speed manual transmission, produces 250Nm of turning power so there is plenty of poke at low speeds. Not the most economical engine then, but its power helps make driving convenient and pleasurable.

The Citroen Relay 30 L1H1 HDi 100 may be the entry-level model, but it performs beautifully assuming that fuel economy is not a priority. This is evident by its comfortable cabin, easy driving characteristics, and the fantastic load area. Ladder-luggers have never had it so good.