Dacia Logan MCV (2013) Review

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Dacia Logan MCV (2013) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
Go for the Dacia Logan MCV and 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.

+Impressive value for a new car, cheap to run, easy to drive.

-Feels cheap, miserly specification on base model, prices creeping up.

New prices start from £8,495
Contract hire deals from £153.88 per month
Insurance Groups are between 3–12
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

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. 

Ask Honest John

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
I am looking for a cheap estate for around £5000 - what would you recommend?
"I am looking for a cheap estate for around £5000 - what would you recommend? I'm looking at a Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Auris, Peugeot 308 or Renault Megane. "
You'll only get an early, high-mileage Toyota Auris estate for £5k, so I'd cross that off your list. A Skoda Octavia might be a good choice - you'll get a better one for your money than a Golf. Alternatively, a Dacia Logan MCV could be a wise purchase. You'll get a 2015 model for £5000.
Answered by Andrew Brady
How do I best maintain a diesel car?
"I have just bought a 1.5-litre diesel Dacia Logan MCV. It's my first diesel car. I bought it over petrol this time as I'm driving further to work and it offered better MPG. What I want to know is how to best maintain it so that it keeps on going for years to come? Especially with regards to the DPF and emissions system as these are expensive to replace."
Use only Superdiesel and regularly drive it distances. Change the oil and filter at least once a year or at least every 10,000 miles whichever comes first.
Answered by Honest John
What economical petrol car could I replace my diesel Renault Captur with?
"I do 60,000 miles per year, but with all the talk of diesel hazards, which is the best petrol car for me? I carry three patients, plus their bags. My Renault Captur is serviced every 18,000 miles as per the manual - which is a godsend because I spend less time in the garage with it. The new car needs to be high up so my older patients can get in it easily."
You are doing a phenomenal mileage and, because of that, mpg is critical. I don't think you can do better than your Captur with its familiar Renault 1.5DCI diesel engine. If you wanted to cut purchase costs a bit you could consider a Dacia Logan MCV estate with the Renault 1.5 DCI engine. Or, of course, a Dacia Duster, which has just been revised. Since the engines and transmissions in the Dacia are almost exactly the same as in the Captur, there is no reason for the difference in service intervals, even though, in spite of your huge annual mileage 10,000 - 12,000 miles is more sensible to preserver the life of the engine long-term.
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What does a Dacia Logan MCV (2013) cost?

Contract hire from £153.88 per month