The Logan MCV’s interior feels solid, but it’s pretty dull and lacks any real creature comforts
The Dacia Logan MCV is definitely cheap, but can you call it cheerful? Well, not really. Its overbearingly grey interior is about as visually exciting as the inside of an empty fridge. Nearly everything you touch feels hard and unyielding, too, but it all seems robust enough to withstand a fair few years of abuse.
The heating and ventilation controls are easy to reach and simple to use, but they do feel a little flimsy. The seats are fairly firm, too, and only top-spec Laureate models come with seat-height adjustment and an adjustable steering wheel as standard. These range-topping cars also get a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation as standard and a leather-trimmed gearlever.
There's not much in the way of style in the Logan's cabin. Keep your expectations low and you won't be too disappointed though
Entry-level Access models have no infotainment system. Hidden behind the dashboard is the wiring for you to connect a stereo but Dacia doesn’t offer to fit one, so you’ll have to head off to Halfords or simply do without.
Ambiance models come with a much-needed four-speaker system that gets Bluetooth connectivity and DAB digital radio, but no CD player.
You’ll need to choose a car in top-spec Laureate guise to drag the Logan MCV’s infotainment kicking and screaming into the 21st century. These versions come with a much more modern seven-inch touchscreen system with voice recognition and satellite navigation as standard.
It’s a fairly simple system to use, although that’s mainly because there are so few features to distract you. The screen is reasonably bright and its colourful icons help you pick out key functions quickly. Two physical switches for the stereo volume make it easier to quickly silence Justin Bieber than the on-screen buttons favoured by some manufacturers.
The built-in satellite navigation system isn’t the easiest to use, nor the most reliable. There’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring, either, so you can’t use your phone’s navigation or music apps through the Logan’s built-in screen.