The Dacia Logan MCV’s neither fun to drive nor particularly comfortable but it’ll happily cart you and all your stuff around
You can get the Logan MCV with a choice of three petrol engines and one diesel. All models come with a five-speed manual gearbox – you can’t get an automatic.
Pick a 0.9-litre petrol model if you spend most time driving around town. It might be the smallest engine on offer but, thanks to its turbocharger, it feels pretty nippy and will return around 45mpg. It’s a little loud when you accelerate hard but it feels smoother and less overworked than either the 1.0-litre model or the ageing 1.2-litre version. Unfortunately, the 0.9-litre’s not available on entry-level Access models.
The Dacia Logan MCV goes about its business like supermarket own-brand washing powder. It does the job, but only just…
Spend more time on the motorway? Pick the 1.5-litre diesel. It’s louder around town than the petrols but it’ll return around 65mpg when you’re cruising along. It’s just as powerful as the perkiest petrol Logan, too, so it doesn’t feel too sluggish.
The diesel’s also the engine to go for if you want to regularly carry four friends or fill the Dacia’s huge boot with heavy luggage. Unlike the petrols it won’t struggle to pull itself up steep hills if you’ve a full complement of passengers on board.
The Logan’s boxy body not only makes it hugely practical, but it offers great visibility, too. The pillars between the windscreen and the front doors produce a slight blind spot at junctions but there’s so much glass behind your head it’s easy to check for overtaking traffic on a motorway or reverse into tight parking spaces.
Dacia offers a reversing camera as a £200 optional extra on top-spec Laureate models for a little extra peace of mind, too.
The Logan tries its best to be comfortable but it’ll stumble slightly over bumps and rutted roads while large potholes send unpleasant knocks through its cabin. It’s not overly uncomfortable but its body leans in tight corners which can make your passengers feel slightly car sick on long journeys.
All Logan MCVs come fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox that’s designed to keep engine revs down on the motorway rather than allow for rapid acceleration around town. Unfortunately, plenty of wind and tyre noise still makes the Logan far from relaxing on long journeys.
Euro NCAP awarded the Logan MCV a three-star safety rating in 2014. It might not be the safest car on sale, but all models come with stability control which is designed to help stop you losing control on slippery surfaces. Top-spec cars also feature cruise control and a speed limiter as standard.