Citroen Relay 35 Review | 2012 Model

Citroen Relay Euro 5 35 180

Citroen Relay Euro 5 35 180

Euro 5 Update

In 2011 the EU decided that all vans should have less emissions and better fuel economy, so they introduced updated engine standards in the form of Euro 5 legislation. Unsurprisingly, van manufacturers got to work updating their models to make sure they complied with the new rules. While they were redesigning their engines, many manufacturers decided to kill two birds with one stone and take the opportunity to make some other changes to their vans as well. The Citroen Relay 35 is just one such van, and the updated model shows a number of enhancements over older vans. This can be seen in a reworked cab and also a revised front end.


Starting with the most important change: the new engine is a 2.2 diesel which is cleaner than the old unit and offers power outputs from 110hp up to 180hp. Overall, the Citroen Relay 35 van range reduced CO2 emissions by 5%, and one model manages to squeeze in under the 200g/km mark. Torque has also been boosted and the maximum now arrives at a lower engine speed, meaning more power is available at lower revs. Fuel consumption compared to the old Euro IV engines is also down by around 5%. One small increase did occur, and that was the price of a Euro V Citroen Relay 35, but it only went up by about 1%.

The long-wheelbase and high-roof Citroen Relay 35 has 130hp, making it 10hp more powerful than the old model. It has a pretty good basic spec and comes with a proper steel bulkhead, air conditioning, Bluetooth and reverse parking sensors. You can find examples with hill hold assist and electronic stability control, but both of these features were options on the new vans.

Many van operators will know that the Citroen Relay 35 is based on the Fiat Ducato and Peugeot Boxer, but the Citroen Relay 35 gets a Trafficmaster Smartnav touchscreen unit on the dashboard with a bigger colour screen. It also gets real-time traffic information and has a stolen-vehicle tracker. There was also an optional fleet management package on offer.

Waht's New for 2012 Model?

The Citroen Relay 35 has been around for decades, but the 2012 version has been substantially updated and the van is great to drive. The driver’s seat is a particular highlight and will please drivers with its excellent lumbar support, and the height-adjust settings make it easy for drivers of any size to find a comfortable position.

There is lots of storage space, and an overhead shelf is handy for paperwork. For working on the road, meanwhile, there is a very useful pull-down desk and even a paper holder for A4 sheets, complete with a clip to keep all the paperwork in place.


The load space itself has height enough for six foot workers to stand up without stooping, and there are plenty of load-lashing ties to be found. Fuel economy is decent at 32mpg, and the van’s power steering makes it easy to drive, especially around town. Engine and road noise are kept to a minimum, and the cab is a pleasant place to spend a working day. Overall, a used Citroen Relay 35 shouldn’t disappoint.

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