The Logan MCV is a small estate car with a near unbeatable blend of practicality and affordability, but its interior feels cheap and it’s not fun to drive
The Dacia Logan MCV is a cheap small estate car that has a huge boot and can be bought with an impressively frugal diesel engine. It’s not the most comfortable family car on sale but it’s hard to argue with its bargain-basement price tag and practical interior.
It’s not a particularly exciting car to look at, inside or out. Swathes of brittle black and grey plastics smother the Logan’s cabin, and although it’s as boring to look at as a braille picture book, its hard materials feel like they’ll withstand even the roughest treatment from kids.
You’ll be better off avoiding entry-level Access models – they don’t even come with a stereo. Mid-range Ambiance models have a few more creature comforts but top-spec Laureate versions are the ones to go for. They sport a few softer trims in the cabin, come with a much more up-to-date seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and voice recognition as standard, and have air-conditioning.
Getting comfortable is a little tricky if you’re anything but average height – only range-topping versions come with height adjustable seats and an adjustable steering wheel. You can’t get the Logan MCV with lumbar support to reduce backache on long drives either, but there’s loads of headroom in the front and space in the back is reasonably generous, too. Three adults will just about fit and there’s plenty of space for kids to get comfortable.
The Logan MCV’s huge boot is what sets it apart from other cars in its price range – no other car that costs this little can carry as much stuff as the Logan MCV can in its practical, square load bay. It’s very nearly as roomy as the capacious Skoda Octavia but costs around £10,000 less.
The Dacia can carry 573 litres of luggage with the rear seats in place – enough space for multiple suitcases. Fold the back seats down in a handy two-way (60:40) split and it grows to a massive 1,518 litres – easily big enough to carry a bike without removing its wheels.
Buying a Dacia Logan MCV is like getting an Ikea wardrobe – it’s boxy, affordable and immensely practical but you can’t shake the feeling that it’s probably cheap for a reason…
You can get the Logan with a choice of three petrol engines and one diesel. Pick the 0.9-litre turbo petrol if you spend most time pootling around town – it’s reasonably perky and will return around 45mpg. The 1.5-litre diesel is a better bet if you’re often on the motorway or regularly carry heavy loads. It has more pulling power than the petrol but will still return around 65mpg.
On rough roads you’ll feel larger bumps through the Logan’s seats and it’s rather noisy at motorway speeds – so it’s not a relaxing car for long trips. Thankfully, its big windows make it pretty easy to park or thread through tight city streets.
Euro NCAP awarded the Logan MCV a three-star safety rating in 2014. It won’t offer quite as much protection in a crash as some more modern cars but all MCV’s come with a selection of electronic systems that help you stay in control in slippery conditions.
That said, the Logan MCV’s so cheap you can easily forgive the fact that it’s not all that well built and isn’t particularly relaxing to drive. It’s one of the few roomy cars you can buy for the money and well worth considering if you prefer practicality to a premium feel.
For a more in-depth look at the Dacia Logan MCV, read the interior, practicality, driving and specification sections of our review over the following pages. And, to see what sort of offers you can get on the Logan MCV, visit our deals page