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The Citroen Relay 35 L3 is a van that packs a 2.2 HDi engine and a 120 bhp. Though there are Relays with lower break horse power and give an impressive performance, the extra 20 bhp can make all the difference especially when the van's 1525 Kg payload is full to capacity.
Citroen have given the Relay 35 L3 gear ratios that can cope with steep inclines and heavy loads without loosing too much power. Impressively, the van provides 184lb/ft maximum torque between rev ranges of 1500 rpm to 2800 rpm.
To this end, power and strength seems to be what this model from Citroen is all about. Unlike Citroen's vans which have slightly less payload and are geared around making use of a good compact size and easy access, the Citroen Relay is takes on more of a workhorse ethic. It is hard to envision the Citroen Relay being unable to handle regular use travelling distance at full capacity. Its mpg is 32.1 and thanks to the traction and gumption available in low revs, it can easily chop through the work.
Loading space has been well thought out in the Relay, as wheel arches make minimal intrusion leaving as much of the loading bay as free as possible for the load. For a van of its class the loading height comes in at 560mm which is impressively low. Turning circles on the Citroen Relay is impressive for a van of its size, so manoeuvring into tight spaces should not pose a problem for most drivers.
Engine noise can be a significant factor for this type of van. Again the Relay 35 L3 keeps the standard high by keeping the engine noise to a minimum. The loading bay however can be a little creaky when the driver bulkhead is missing. Either way, the stereo which comes as standard will drown out most of the noise if needed.
The cabin design is arguably not as good as some of its rivals such as the Sprinter or the Crafter, but many feel it is slightly more user friendly given the amount of storage space for paperwork and other essential items many drivers need to hand. As standard, the Citroen Relay comes equipped with over speed warnings, automatic headlamps and wipers, Trafficmaster satellite navigation, and vehicle tracking. There are also numerous upgrades available such as speed limiters, subscription to speed camera updates, Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, and reversing cameras.
The Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel is takes a workhorse approach, and is suited to transporting capacity payloads over distance, a task which it performs well.
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Thomas Ward Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
We had an initial gearbox issue within the first two weeks of the lease starting.
Jamie Smith Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Slightly worried about the length of the contract in terms of whether the van will be reliable enough to see out the term.
David Sparkes Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
I can stand up in the back. I'm 6'3" and I don't need to bend. It's brilliant. Starts all the time. It's a van and it does what it says on the tin. I would have another in a heartbeat. It has all the gadgets I need in particular the phone connection and the air con. Yes I live in Cumbria but it still gets warm up here.
Robert John Marland Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Lee Ellerker Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Good for plumbing.
Ivor Wright Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Over the moon with van. Wish I had changed before it is so good runs very well I am so pleased with it a pleasure to do long journeys in I could not ask any more of it. Would recommend it all day long.
Mark Williams Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Jeremy Salter Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Superb especially the extra height which makes such a difference to the work we do it is a life saver. The load capacity is brilliant and I would never go back to ford. The value for money makes such a difference compared to ford and Mercedes.
Darrin Hugh Brownhill Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Nice van, plenty of space and good spec. Plenty of power with reasonable economy. A bit flimsy in places, but it is a Citroen and not in the same price bracket as the German vans, so this was expected.
Daljit Singh Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
All you need.
Stephen Applegate-Rees Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
For a van I thought the amount of extras was outstanding, better than most cars.
Shaun wheatley Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Good reliable van, had a problem with soft hinges but I got this fixed with Citreon.
John Clark Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Early days yet but it seems like a nice van.
David Watson Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Fit for purpose!
Craig Knight Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Great van, almost free motoring at Vanarama prices.
Martin Aldridge Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
We had a Ford before which was a lot more money. It's only early days yet but so far so good and you do get a much better spec for your money. Our driver says he loves it. Regards, Martin.
Steven Hanafan Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Very nice van to drive the lights in the rear aren't great only stay on for a few minutes then go off and if you press the unlock button they only come back on for a few seconds so a pain this time of the year the load length isn't what I told it says it's a 4.07m load length true but the usable length is more like 3.96m but I can still fit my carpets in
Kenneth Maclean Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Comfortable great load space drives well. Alll round I'm very happy.
Shaun Wheatley Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
The relay is a very good value for money van which is ideal for the work I do in it which is parcel delivery.
Paul Dann Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
A good sized practical van. Reasonably fitted out although in-built satnav would have been preferred. Only done 1200 miles but first impressions are very positive.
Richard Hall Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
The satnav could of been built into the touch screen radio control as well as the reversing camera.
Andrew Stephens Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Really good value for money , it meets my every need and accommodates my load with space to spare
Trevor Boulton Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
All round excellent.
David Stribley Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Excellent vehicle providing good head room when organising and stacking tools and equipment. It accommodates sheets of plasterboard and boxes of beads etc required for my business.
Emma Weaver Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Mike Wadsworth Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Just received it today. Very happy with it.
Kevin Richardson Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Stuart Parkin Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
I've given 4 stars to all the questions as I've only recieved the van today. First impressions are great.
Mark Avent Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
A well priced work vehicle that looks good. It drives well and cab finish and spec is extremely good.
Philip Harkness Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Early days, but it seems to do what we expected and what we want.
Matthew Fisher Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
I will have a more precise opinion in later months of the vehicle, but in the last few days I am really happy. French styling powered by Ford which in my eyes is a positive.
Dan Dawson Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Much nicer than my old Sprinter.
Mark Thomas Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Lee Curtis Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
The van is great value for money.
Nigel Goodridge Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Too early to tell (maybe ask me in 3 months).
Jackie Hall Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Excellent for the load capacity we require.
Paul Didcote Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Excellent overall quality. Perfect for my needs as a courier.
Mark Surgeon Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Nice all round working van . nothing too fancy but still offers an element of luxury that makes the driving experience very pleasant
Tristan Rowe Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
William Baron Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
The van is perfect for my needs as a van courier. Overall I feel I have got a good deal from Vanarama.
Spud Ward Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
Great van very good driving experience great turning circle cavernous interior really good features can recommend to anybody . Gears and gear change a little difficult at first due mainly to the bias to the lower range when changing gear
Stephen Hultman Citroen Relay 35 L3 Diesel
For the price we got the van, at the moment I can't fault it, first impressions are very good.