£12,095 Price range
The Dacia Logan MCV Stepway offers a slightly more stylish alternative to the standard Dacia Logan MCV, which is reviewed separately. Peel away the off-road-inspired bodywork, however, and it’s almost completely identical to the standard Logan MCV underneath.
You won’t be able to ignore how dreary the Stepway’s cabin feels. You’ll soon tire of the sea of black and grey plastics but at least everything feels solid enough to stand up to thumping realities of family life.
Thankfully, Stepway versions come with more creature comforts than the ordinary Logan MCV. All models come with rear parking sensors, air conditioning, cruise control and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation as standard. In contrast, entry-level Logan MCVs don’t even have a radio.
You’ll find it easier to get comfy in the Stepway if you’re very tall or short than in the standard Logan MCV. Both the driver’s seat and the steering wheel come with height adjustment as standard, but there’s no option to add lumbar support to reduce backache on long journeys.
There’s enough space in the back seats for three kids to spread out and there’s just enough head, leg and shoulder room to carry three adults abreast for short distances.
The Stepway’s vast 573-litre boot is just as generous as the standard Logan MCV’s and very nearly as roomy as the 610-litre Skoda Octavia Scout – a car that costs nearly £15,000 more. You can easily carry a few suitcases and soft bags and its square shape makes loading bulky items a doddle.
Flip the rear seats down in a handy two-way (60:40) split and you can carry long items and a rear-seat passenger at the same time. With both seats folded, its 1,518-litre load bay can easily carry a bike with both wheels attached.
You can get the Logan MCV Stepway with one petrol and one diesel engine. Pick the 0.9-litre petrol model if you spend most time driving around town – it’s smoother and quieter than the diesel and will return around 45mpg.
The 1.5-litre diesel will manage a more frugal 65 mpg and makes a better choice if you cover lots of motorway miles. It’s got a little more pulling power than the petrol, too, so will make lighter work of towing a trailer or carrying heavy loads.
Neither models are particularly comfortable – you’ll feel a few unpleasant bumps through the seats on poorly maintained roads and there’s plenty of wind noise and tyre roar on the motorway.
It’s not all bad news, however. The Logan MCV Stepway’s large windows make it easy to thread through tight city streets and its standard rear parking sensors help make it fairly easy to park. You even get a reversing camera on top-spec SE Summit spec cars.
The Stepway is certainly more exciting to look at than the standard Logan MCV, but it’s just as dull to drive. For the money, however, it’s one of the most practical small estates on the market.
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