Geneva 2013: Dacia

  • Logan MCV will be cheapest estate in UK
  • One of the largest around as well
  • Extended warranties available

Car on show: Logan MCV

Logan MCV

MCV stands for Maximum Capacity Vehicle and is the acronym we'll see on the rump of budget brand Dacia's latest model when it arrives in the UK in July. The five-seat Logan MCV is set to be the cheapest and largest estate available thanks to its sub-£8,000 pricetag and 573-litre boot.

Drop the rear seats and that figure rises to an impressive 1,578 litres, and the firm says the combination of door pockets and storage cubbies in the cabin add another 16-litres of oddoment space. Based on the Sandero supermini, but stretched by 430mm, the Logan MCV can swallow loads of up to 2.3 metres.

But the whole point of the Dacia range is to offer value-for-money motoring and it's no different here. Standard equipment is on the meagre side, and if you're expecting more than the bare minimum then you'll leave disappointed. Still, it's easy and relatively cost-effective to splash out on added extras, and the Logan MCV can be specified with rear parking sensors, cruise control and a seven inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and MP3 capability.

Borrowing its engines from the Sandero, the Logan MCV is available with one diesel and two petrol engines. Starting things off is a 74bhp 1.2-litre petrol, while a 2.5-litre DCi diesel produces 89bhp. Star of the show is the 0.9-litre 89bhp three-cylinder turbo though which is both characterful and efficient. Both the three-cylinder and diesel come with an 'Eco' function that reduces engine power and changes the climate control characteristics reducing emissions and fuel consumption by up to 10 percent.

All models come with a three year, 60,000 mile warranty as standard, though this can be upgraded to five years and 60,000 miles or seven years and 100,000 miles for £395 and £850 respectively.

For more information on the Dacia Logan MCV, click here.