The Citroen e-Relay electric van is an interesting addition to the segment. Unveiled in 2021, the e-Relay, which is also known as the e-Jumper in other countries, has two battery choices and a range of either 73 miles or 139 miles. It’s the firm’s largest van and completes their bid to have electric choices for all of their models. It should meet a range of business and fleet needs, and the Citroen e-Relay is a comfortable and stylish van to drive. However, it is fairly identical to the Vauxhall Movano-e and the Peugeot e-Boxer since they are all built on the same platform.
The Citroen e-Berlingo electric van will prove to be a top seller and sits alongside its siblings, the Peugeot e-Partner and the Vauxhall Combo-e to bring an impressive small van to the market. For most businesses, the e-Berlingo will have the edge when it comes to capabilities and performance when compared with the Combo-e and the e-Partner. There are a lot of similarities with the diesel-powered alternatives and with a better range, the e-Berlingo should really be road-tested by firms to ensure it meets their needs.
The Citroen e-Dispatch is an eye-catching offering, particularly for the price, and for those firms wanting an electric van that is based on the same platform as a diesel-powered sibling, then the e-Dispatch should meet your needs. It’s well-equipped, nice to drive but be aware that the offset driving position can make longer journeys tiresome.
Slowly but surely all-electric vans are taking off in the UK and while the Citroen Berlingo Electric is a great example – it’s not quite good enough. Most of the issue is down to its claimed range of 106 miles which is probably much less in real world circumstances. However, there’s no doubting that the running costs of less than £2 per 40 miles will be hugely attractive to some firms. That’s the average van’s running costs DIVIDED BY FIVE! The Berlingo Electric also has low maintenance costs so there’s a lot to recommend it – and it’s a great van to drive around town – but only those who can live with a vehicle with a short range will get to enjoy the benefits.
The new Citroen Dispatch is head and shoulders above the model it replaces and it has a decent offering in the segment. Very similar to the Toyota Proace and Peugeot Expert, there’s a lot to like about the Dispatch.
The new Citroen Berlingo delivers much of what has made this a popular van over the years; there’s still a solid build, too much in the way of equipment and a reasonable price tag. Many of the van’s fans will be pleased that the new Euro 6 engines deliver better economy and it’s still a great van to drive. Sadly, items that should be standard kit options are not available but it’s still a sound choice for those who need a small van. The other big downside when considering a van from the segment is that while the Berlingo still has winning qualities, its rivals offer more equipment and better comfort for just a little bit more money.
With an excellent range of bodystyles this award-winning van is a strong performer and cheap to run too – many fans of the Citroen Berlingo won’t use anything else.
There’s a refreshed Citroen Dispatch heading to the UK in late 2014 which should help build on the growing success of this excellent van (sales were up 30% in 2013) as buyers increasingly like what is a well-priced and feature-packed vehicle.
It might be a small van but there’s lots of space on board what is a frugal and keen performer.
Citroen Relay is still a class leader OK so it might not be best the best-looking van currently on sale but the Citroen Relay really does offer an incredible package. Leaving first impressions aside for a moment, the biggest attraction … Continued