Round up: This Month’s Vans


There is always something new coming to the commercial vehicle market which can often make it difficult when it comes to choosing a new van. Even after you have chosen what you think is going to be the most suitable van for your business you then have to decide whether you are going to purchase it first or second hand. If you are going to purchase a van brand new you have to decide which extras, if any, you want and whether you want the vehicle on finance or to pay for it out right. If you are purchasing a van second hand you have to decide whether you are going to buy from a private seller or a garage. With so many decisions to be made, VanQuoteDirect has decided to help with one of the most important ones: which van should you buy?

This month we are looking at the Citron Relay 2.2 E-HDi Airdream 130 and the Volkswagen Transporter.

Citroen Relay 2.2 E-HDi Airdream 130

Joint projects are now dominating the vehicle manufacturing industry in order to share the costs of development because the products that are created are so price sensitive. One of the longest partnerships is between Fiat, PSA Peugeot and Citroen, which has bought many great vehicles to the market including the Peugeot Boxer, the Fiat Ducato and the Citroen Relay. These joint ventures have Fiat at the helm which means there is a common design between all three models so if you were to drive past them in the street, it would be hard to differentiate between them.

The PSA and Fiat vans do have a different engine but aesthetically there is little difference except for the badges. However, just because they all look very similar it doesn’t mean that they all offer similar things – in fact, quite the opposite. For example, the Citroen Relay comes with a telematics box as standard with the platform used being Teletrac telematics and the panel version of the Relay also comes with a Smartnav intelligent satellite navigation as well as Trackstar which is a stolen vehicle tracking system.

This means that if you were considering having telematics installed in your van but were trying to weigh up the cost versus the benefit, Citroen have made the decision for you. It also provides vehicle routing which has the functionality to allow your drivers to miss any traffic and if the vehicle is stolen it can be tracked.

Although the Relay is just a revised model of the vehicle that came before it, there are some very noticeable changes which can be seen in the increased comfort of the vehicle as well as better fuel efficiency and the equipment that is on board.

The Airdream version has start-stop features which means that it is more fuel efficient compared with the 110hp model. All models come with a full steal bulkhead, Bluetooth and DAB radio. The enterprise version also comes with cruise control which has a speed limiter and there is also a touch screen. On top of this you can add extras such as a lane departure warning, air suspension, a reversing camera and a better traction system.

If you choose this vehicle you will need to have your vehicle serviced every two years or every 30,000 miles depending on which occurs first. Another benefit is that the bumper also comes three pieces, meaning that if you were to have a crash and needed to claim on your commercial vehicle insurance the claim would be smaller if only one part of the bumper needs to be replaced.

Volkswagen Transporter

The Volkswagen Transporter is not technically a new vehicle to enter the market. In fact, it has been around for the last 60 years. In celebration of its 60th birthday Volkswagen has launched a special edition vehicle, the Sportline 60. This is to replace the Transporter Sportline and offers a sporty, high spec option for customers.

If you want to purchase one, they start at £29,940 excluding VAT and you have the option of a kombi or panel van with of course the choice between a long or short wheelbase. Again, just like the Citroen Relay, sat-nav and Bluetooth come as standard but in this vehicle you also get a reversing camera as standard too.

Photo by Magnus Manske/ CC BY-SA 3.0



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