- Very cheap
- Huge boot
- Under- powered engines
- Sparse equipment list
The Dacia Logan MCV, which stands for Max Capacity Vehicle, is the cheapest estate car available to buy here in the UK.
It joins budget brand Dacia’s two other models on sale in the UK, the Duster off-roader and the Sandero hatchback. It is built on the same underpinnings as the rest of the Dacia range, but is a little longer than the Sandero to allow greater interior space.
One of the headline stats for the Logan MCV is the impressively roomy boot – there’s 573 litres available with the rear seats up and 1,518 litres with them folded flat. You can also load objects up to 2.3 metres long into the car.
Appearance-wise, the car looks very much like a stretched Sandero with the addition of roof rails and a large tailgate.
Basic standard kit, lots of optional extras
Standard equipment, as you might expect, is fairly basic on the cheapest of the three trim levels. Dubbed Access spec, it includes power steering, front side airbags and not very much else.
More kit is on offer with mid-level Ambiance trim, while top-spec Laureate get luxuries such as cruise control and electric rear windows. As you can tell, the emphasis here is very much on value-for-money.
There is a decent range of optional kit on offer, however.
Extras include rear parking sensors and a seven-inch touchscreen multimedia and satellite navigation system with Bluetooth connectivity and MP3 player compatibility. A more conventional ‘Plug&Radio’ system offering some, but not all, of the same functions is also available.
Three engine choices
The range of engines is the same as the Sandero. There’s a pair of petrol engines - a 1.2-litre unit with 74bhp and a three-cylinder 0.9-litre turbo with 89bhp. You can also choose a 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine with 89bhp. All engines are taken from Dacia’s parent company, Renault.
The two most powerful engines have an ‘Eco’ function, which reduces power and the amount of energy used by the climate control system. Dacia says this can enable reductions of up to 10 percent for both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The Parkers Verdict
The Dacia Logan is ridiculously cheap which is the biggest selling point for the car. Every time you despair over the lack of kit, the manual locking doors or wind-down windows, just remember that it is a practical spacious estate car with a three-year warranty for under £7.000.
Find out more by reading on for our full Dacia Logan review.