Review: Dacia Logan MCV (2013)

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Britain's cheapest estate car from £7295. Diesel from £9395. 1.0 3-cylinder engine replaced 1.2 engine from 2017.

Prices starting to creep up to Fiat Tipo levels.

Dacia Logan MCV (2013): At A Glance

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.

Okay, your Access comes in one colour - white with contrasting black bumpers and wears austerity chic steel wheels, but what do you expect for £7295?

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.

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. You're not buying a stylish, or prestigious car, but it's an honest package that chimes nicely with these times of austerity-led belt-tightening. For that reason, it's a significant new arrival on the market. Don't let that low price put you off adding it to your shopping list.:

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What does a Dacia Logan MCV (2013) cost?

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Dacia Logan MCV (2013): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4492–4501 mm
Width 1994 mm
Height 1550–1552 mm
Wheelbase 2634–2635 mm

Full specifications

Inside, it's pure Sandero, which means you start off with a low-level of equipment, ramping up rapidly as you move through the range. The entry-level Access model offers very little in terms of exrtras - you get essentials like all the safety kit - but if you can't live with the thought of no central locking or electric windows you really need to move up the range to the Ambiance version.

That car - for your additional £700 - is vastly more appealing, both visually and in terms of equipment. So in additon to four airbags and Isofix points, you get electric front windows, central locking, a stereo with USB socket and Bluetooth connectivity for its radio/CD player. The interior is brightened up by chrome-rimmed dials, two tone upholstery, and rear head restraints.

The Laureate is the one that arguably offers the best value for money. In dCi form and fully equipped, this car comes with height-adjustable driver's seat, a leather steering wheel and gearknob, an upgraded stereo (with controls mounted on the steering column), air-conditioning, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, four electric windows, and - impressively - cruise control. If you want to add an integrated satnav, you can get the MediaNav touchscreen pack for a bargain £250. It even sounds good when you crank up the volume.

Interior fetishists might bemoan the hard plastics - but they don't look bad and they certainly seem durable. Like all Sandero models, it's good but far from perfect to sit in. The seating position is on the high side and the seat base is too short for those who like to cover long distances in one hit. Rear seat room isn't as good as the bulky exterior hints at either.

As well as the large boot, there are lots of cubby holes and lockers inside, while the split-fold rear seats work well, even if the rear seat doesn't fold completely flat. There's a bit of an 1980s feel when getting into the boot - you either pull the inteior release by the driver's seat, or need to use the key as there is no external handle. You get used to that, but you might not like it.

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What's the Dacia Logan MCV (2013) like to drive?

Anyone who's driven a Dacia Sandero will know what the Logan MCV is like to drive. It's essentially an estate version of the high-value hatchback, which comes in at pretty much a £1000 premium. Don't think for a minute that this price increase for the estate version erodes the value for money ethos of the Dacia brand - because pound for pound, the Logan MCV represents a huge amount of car for the money.

In terms of size, it beats the Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus and Vokswagen Golf, going toe-to-toe with larger estates such as the Vauxhall Insignia and Volvo V70. And yet it's around £3000 cheaper than the Skoda Fabia estate and Seat Ibiza ST - both of which are signifantly smaller. So with that out of the way, we can conclude that the Logan MCV currently has no rivals. As with the Sandero, there are three engines, the 75PS 1.2-litre 16V petrol unit, the turbocharged three-cylinder 90PS TCe, and the 90PS 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel.

On the road, the Logan MCV is efficient and notable for having a pliant, well-damped ride, and in dCi form, exceedingly long legs on the motorway. The steering is light in all models, with the 1.2 16V and 1.5 dCi having excellent gearchanges and light steering. Keen drivers might criticise the Logan MCV for its slow, low-geared steering, but in day-to-day driving, it's not really an issue. In corners it does mean the car feels a little cumbersome, not helped by above-average levels of body roll. But it handles lumps, bumps and potholes, really well.

The 1.2-litre 16V is refined and needs working hard if you want to make progress. Bear this in mind if you want to regularly make use of that large loading bay - add weight to the 1.2-litre car and it can genuinely struggle on uphill runs. But for light use, it's well worth considering, especially as it's the cheapest option and still capable of excellent fuel consumption.

For urban dwellers, or those who won't stress that loadbay too much, the 0.9-litre TCe is probably the best all-rounder of the three engines offered. It revs freely, sounds interesting and although you need to work it hard to make it go fast - as long as you keep it spinning within its power band, it rolls along acceptably, with excellent fuel consumption.

But in the real world, the 1.5-litre dCi will be more than enough for most people. It's a well-proven power unit and is blessed with excellent refinement, plus really long motorway gearing. Whereas the 1.2 will be spinning at 4000rpm at 70mph, the 1.5 dCi will be nearer 2000rpm - a far more civilised state of affairs.

To make the most of that ample loadbay though, what the MCV needs is a 2.0-litre engine. But just like the Sandero, the bargain-basement price will transcend many of these criticisms and for the average family for whom a Sandero isn't quite large enough, the Logan MCV offers a very appealing alternative. In summary, it's an honest, no-frills estate car that offers a near-unbeatable amount of space for your money.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
0.9 TCe 53–58 mpg 11.1 s 109–121 g/km
1.0 SCe 49–52 mpg 14.7 s 120–123 g/km
1.2 49 mpg 14.5 s 130–135 g/km
1.5 dCi 81 mpg 11.8 s 90–99 g/km
1.5 dCi 90 74–81 mpg 11.8 s 90–99 g/km
1.5 dCi 95 64 mpg 11.8 s 90 g/km

Real MPG average for a Dacia Logan MCV (2013)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

80%

Real MPG

38–73 mpg

MPGs submitted

136

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Best used family car for £7000?

Can you recommend a petrol used car (circa £7000) that has low running costs but is large enough to fit two child seats in the back plus a double stroller in the boot?
How about a Dacia Logan? It's a budget offering but that means you'll get a relatively modern one with your budget. It's a practical estate with low running costs and £7000 will get you a 2017 example. Alternatively, consider a Vauxhall Astra estate.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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