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Dacia Logan MCV Review

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"Cheap but not so cheerful"
  • Launched: 2013
  • Estate
  • Petrol, Diesel

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Literally the cheapest estate you can buy
  • Generous boot space
  • Super-low running costs

Cons

  • Driving it...
  • Owning it...
  • Having to explain to your neighbours why you bought one

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Overall verdict on the Dacia Logan MCV

"Dacia is a relatively new brand in the UK but has been selling cars - very cheaply - around Europe for decades. The Logan MCV is the cheapest estate you can buy, while its hatchback sister is the cheapest car on sale in any category."

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From the outside, the Logan MCV is conservative, almost dated, in its exterior design. It sits on quite small wheels whatever trim level you go for, and although there has been an attempt to give it some personality in the shape of a bold front grille, it’s unlikely to help you pick it out from the crowd. In an attempt to rectify this Dacia introduced the Stepway, a pseudo-crossover version with body cladding and extra exterior details which helped its cause, but this is of course a more expensive model.


On the inside, there are more reminders that this is a car built down to a spectacularly low price. Much of the cabin uses materials and switches carried over from old Renaults, and interior trim tends not to age terribly well. It’s functional enough, but even if you go for a high-spec model it feels well-built but nothing more. It’s also important to note that the most basic Access model has no radio at all, and you’ll need one of the top two trims to get a touchscreen system.


Under the bonnet the Logan MCV can be fitted with one of a number of well-proven Renault engines. The earliest models came with a choice of a 1.2-litre petrol, a 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel, and in 2016 the 1.2-litre petrol was replaced with a more efficient 0.9-litre petrol.


All of the engine options are here for efficiency reasons only - performance is modest, but fuel economy is strong whichever version you go for.


Driving the Logan MCV isn’t a hardship, but there’s certainly not much pleasure to be gained from it. The engines aren’t too noisy and offer reasonable performance, but the ride quality is middling and there’s no pay-off with good handling either. It does the job required of it without protest, but it doesn’t exactly welcome you into undertaking a journey in it with the promise of comfort or fun. If you choose to try and press on, the Logan MCV has modest grip and little in the way of steering feel, so it discourages you from exploring its limits.


No car is a better wheeled manifestation of the saying ‘You get what you pay for’. The Logan MCV is a tool to do a job, and that job is to move you and your stuff from one place to another. You can buy cars that offer more than that, but you have to pay more for the privilege.


Is the Dacia Logan MCV right for you?

For some buyers the Logan MCV will be the perfect car. You can buy it new for the same price as a decent used car, it comes with a decent warranty and a choice of engines. It’s quite spacious for its size and will cost peanuts to run almost regardless of which engine you choose, which is more than enough positives to satisfy some buyers.


If you don’t give a fig for image, performance or handling, and just want to spend as little as possible on a new car that will take you from one place to another, then the Logan MCV is probably just what you are looking for. Whether you’re an older driver who wants a fuss-free choice or a business owner wanting to keep costs down as much as possible, there are few rivals that can compete with its simplistic approach.


What's the best Dacia Logan MCV model/engine to choose?

The basic 1.2 or 0.9-litre 75PS petrol engine is best avoided. It’s the least powerful option and means you’ll need to work it hard to make any kind of progress. The 0.9-litre TCe turbocharged unit is the most refined option, has a bit more performance and is economical too, but if you plan to regularly carry loads or passengers then the 1.5-litre diesel is the best option - it’s the most economical as well as offering the best performance.


As for trim levels, we’d suggest avoiding the basic Access trim even if you want to save every penny. With no radio at all, central locking and manual windows it makes for a pretty miserable environment, whereas it’s not a big step up to the Essential trim on new models or the Ambiance trim on older models - that gets you DAB, electric windows and Bluetooth and makes a big difference overall.


What other cars are similar to the Dacia Logan MCV?

Cars that cost similar money to the Logan MCV aren’t really competitors in the same class. If you have the same kitty to spend, you’ll be looking at city cars like the Toyota Aygo, Hyundai i10 and Skoda Citigo, none of which are anything like as spacious as the Logan.


You’ll have to spend more money to get one, but true rivals to the Logan MCV in terms of small estates are cars like Skoda’s Fabia Estate, which is a modern and appealing car but costs over £4000 more. A lack of rivals that can match the Logan on space and price is the biggest part of its appeal.


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Cost to run

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Prices and Specs

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Why is Dacia so cheap?

Dacia uses old Renault technology and engines to keep prices on its cars surprisingly low.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Has Dacia stopped making Logan MCV?

The Dacia Logan MCV went out of production in October 2020 to coincide with the launch of the new Sandero hatchback.

Dan Harrison

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Dan Harrison

What does the 'MCV' stand for in the Dacia Logan MCV?

MCV stands for Maximum Capacity Vehicle, owing to the fact that the Dacia Logan MCV is based on the old Sandero but has significantly more boot space thanks to its longer body.

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