Dacia Logan MCV (2013) Review
Dacia Logan MCV (2013) At A Glance
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The Dacia Logan MCV is one of the cheapest estate cars on sale today, and in terms of space it competes with the likes of the Skoda Fabia Estate, the Ford Focus Estate and the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer despite being significantly cheaper than any of them. It takes a similar no-frills approach to the rest of the Dacia range, but in MCV form offers more space than any other offering from the brand. If you have to buy new but need the space, then the Logan MCV offers strong value and plenty of room, even if the rest of the package is somewhat less impressive.
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The Dacia Logan MCV five-seater estate was launched in Europe in March 2012 but it took more than a year to arrive on the UK market. However it has managed to make a significant impact, being able to lay claim that in its most basic Access form, it's the cheapest estate car money can buy.
The MCV (for Maximum Capacity Vehicle) is a more conventional estate than its predecessor. That car sat on a long-wheelbase and could double as a seven seater.
This one, which sits on the same platform as the Sandero, can't quite do that, but it's still a commodious estate, with a 573-litre load bay with the rear seats up - and 1518 litres with them down. You're looking at Focus/Astra levels of room at sub-Fiesta money.
Dacia are more keen on you purchasing a higher-specification Essential or Comfort model for more money, but the bottom line is that the Access strips out all kinds of standard equipment in order to deliver that remarkable price tag of £8,495.
Go for this option and it’s almost a case of what you don’t get as standard rather than what you do; there’s no electric windows, air conditioning, electric mirrors or even a stereo system - just the pre-wiring so you can fit your own.
Similarly the mechanical specification is adequate rather than game-changing, all in the name of keeping costs down. As a part of tUnder the bonnet the Logan MCV can be fitted with one of a number of well-proven Renault engines.
The earliest models came with a choice of a 1.2-litre petrol, a 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel, and in 2016 the 1.2-litre petrol was replaced with a more efficient 0.9-litre petrol. All of the engine options are here for efficiency reasons only; performance is modest, but fuel economy is strong whichever version you go for.
Driving the Logan MCV isn’t a hardship, but there’s not much pleasure to be gained from it either. The engines aren’t too noisy and offer reasonable performance, but the ride quality is middling and there’s no pay-off with good handling either.
It does the job required of it without protest, but it doesn’t exactly welcome you into undertaking a journey in it with the promise of comfort or fun. If you choose to try and press on, the Logan MCV has modest grip and little in the way of steering feel, so it discourages you from messing around.
And that makes it a compelling buy. Even in its most loaded Laureate form, which costs £10,795, it undercuts all of its rivals by a significant margin.