posted 5 years ago

New Citroen Relay Panel Van

The new Citroen Relay Panel Van has more storage space than a cargo ship. To be precise, the largest version has a capacity of 17m3, is 6,363mm long, and 2,050mm wide.

The new Citroen Relay Panel Van has more storage space than a cargo ship. To be precise, the largest version has a capacity of 17m3, is 6,363mm long, and 2,050mm wide. And the maximum payload? This can be a back breaking 1,820kg. Best get a few dock workers to help shift that lot. Oh, and tell your helpers to bring their chequebooks too. Prices start at £25,590 plus VAT. Quite a lot of money, but still far cheaper than a new container ship.

Ocean lovers with less cargo have a choice of smaller variants, starting at £17,940 plus VAT. These have storage capacities ranging from 8m3 to 15m3 - all of which are usefully spacious. However, not everybody needs a panel van, so this monstrous machine is also available with a Tipper, Luton, Chassis Cab, and Crew Cab body-shell. The new Citroen Relay is clearly as versatile as a cargo ship too. No wonder this mile-muncher is as popular as a free cruise.

Engines come in various shipshape flavours, including 2.2-litre 120hp and 3.0-litre 147hp versions. These are teamed with either five or six-speed manual transmission only, so no automatic options here. Performance and fuel consumption vary according to which body style is fitted, but unloaded panel versions typically average 31mpg. This is a reasonable guide overall - but bear in mind fuel consumption can increase considerably once the van is loaded.

The new Citroen Relay is spacious, versatile, practical, and well equipped. Impressively, it is even available with a parking camera to minimise the risk of crashing into a docked tug boat. This workhorse does everything drivers could reasonably expect from a hold-all. It is an easy to live with asset that gets the job done. Time to trade-in the ocean going fleet.