Review: Dacia Lodgy (2012)

Budget seven-seat MPV built in Romania.

Not yet certain for UK RHD.

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Dacia Lodgy (2012): At A Glance

Dacia could offer a cut-price MPV in its line up, when the brand launched in the UK in early 2013. The Lodgy (terrible name, we know) is set to go on sale in Europe in March 2012 and is under consideration for conversion to right-hand drive. Dacia is owned by Renault, so you could think of this as cheaper alternative to the Grand Scenic.

The car offers to be 'no-frills' family transport with plenty of room inside and plenty of versatility. It's designed to appeal to families who may otherwise have bought a used car instead. The Lodgy seats seven, with a third row of seats at the back. Total length is just 4.5 metres. If it is decided to bring the Lodgy to the UK, it will join the Duster and Sandero in the line-up.


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Renault 1.2 tce in a Dacia Lodgy or risk the diesel?

UK expat looking at purchasing a new car and pretty much have narrowed it down to the Dacia Lodgy (large, 7 seats, economical to own) as nothing else even comes close as a package in Hungary (esp. 2nd hand as really don't trust the market). Not having any Renault experience I was wondering whether the 1.2 Tce would be able to cope (the 1.6 is supposed to be poor)? General mixed driving, roughly 9000-12000 miles a year, including at least one trip to the UK. Keeping at least 5 years and it will be used on some pretty poor roads too. I'm not bothered about hot hatch style driving.....
The 1.2TCe works well enough in the Nissan Qashqai, so will haul the Lodgy along reasonably economically with just a driver aboard. Obviously if you load it to the roof with family and luggage it won't be as lively and I wouldn't contemplate a roof box.
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