Geneva 2012: Dacia

  • New Dacia Lodgy MPV could arrive in 2013
  • Claimed to offers outstanding levels of space
  • Available with five or seven seats

Dacia still hasn’t reached the UK yet but that’s set to change in 2013. 

The company is the budget brand of Renault and makes low-cost and reputedly durable cars.

The first car on the Dacia stand, which could also be making its way to these shores in 2013, is the Lodgy MPV.

Parkers Pick – Lodgy

  • What is it? It’s an MPV available with five or seven seats. Yep, it has a dodgy Lodgy name, but don’t hold that against it.     
  • Vital stats and facts: The Lodgy’s major boast is that has ‘outstanding’ space and, for larger families, that will be most welcome. It has a loadbay that’s one of the biggest in the segment. It’s not particularly fast but it’s frugal and with a decent diesel engine at its disposal it’ll be cheap to tax. There are two petrol engines: the 1.6 MPI 105 and the new, turbocharged, 1.2 TCe 115 with direct fuel injection. There are also two diesels, both based on the 1.5 dCi Renault engine.
  • Why would you buy it? You’ll have a sizeable family and the Lodgy – although an embarrassing name – will be perfect for the job. Plenty of space, economical and cheap to buy. See what Car Magazine thinks here.
  • Why wouldn’t you? You might be put off by the ‘budget’ nature of the Dacia brand, and Renault-based products don’t have a wonderful history in terms of reliability, but they have focused on build quality in the past few years and that has paid off.
  • Prices and launch date: 2013 at the earliest and we expect it to be cheaper than a Renault Scenic.

What else is on the stand?

There’s a limited edition Duster SUV called the Duster Delsey and there’s also the Sandero Stepway – an evolution of the Sandero, apparently.  

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