Dacia Logan MCV – The most affordable new estate car

During these current difficult times in the UK, where fuel prices remain an ongoing concern for many motorists across the nation, a car that’s both practical and affordable is surely at its most sought-after.

For many though finding such a model in the new car market which fulfils both criteria may seem a difficult task. With its fourth UK model however Dacia are looking to provide a clear solution with the new upcoming Logan MCV, a five-door family estate car with a staggeringly low starting price of just £6,995.

With the price range only climbing up to £10,795, the Dacia Logan MCV not only vastly undercuts any other current estate car on the market, but even sits considerably cheaper than some of the latest superminis available.

Yet the impressively low pricing does not seemed to have compromised general practicality on the Dacia Logan MCV, which has the cabin space, luggage space and equipment to compare with the more commonly mentioned family estate cars in the UK.

The Logan MCV has already managed to build up a solid reputation in other European markets outside the UK.

With this in mind, Dacia are confident its bargain estate car can be a hit with many of the UK’s motorists, looking to alleviate their concern regarding fuel prices mixed with other purchase and running costs on their vehicle of choice.

Of course while the low pricing range alone will prove tempting for new family car buyers, the strength of the Logan MCV’s engine range and equipment specifications are still likely to be determining factors.

The Dacia Logan MCV will be sold in three trim levels and with three engine units to choose. The three frugal engines include a 75bhp four-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol. This is the only unit available for the basic trim level called ‘Access’. The same unit however can also be found on the mid-range ‘Ambiance’ and the range-topping ‘Laureate’ version of the Logan.

The 1.2-litre engine delivers an official fuel economy of 48.7 mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions recorded at 135g/km, enough to put the Logan MCV in road tax band E. That means road tax of just over £10 per month.

The second engine for the Dacia Logan MCV is the 0.9-litre TCe petrol unit with 90bhp. It’s relatively new to the brand, following its launch on the Dacia Sandero, after debuting prior in the new Renault Clio. On the Logan this unit enjoys the added bonus of stop-start engine technology to improve efficiency further.

With the help of this the 0.9-litre turbocharged unit is capable of 109 mph on the Logan, with the combined fuel economy figure showing 56.5 mpg and CO2 emissions recorded at just 116 g/km.

That adds up to just £30 in road tax every year, with absolutely zero to pay in the first. With this engine the Logan also comes with Hill Start Assist on UK models.

Rounding off the series of the Logan’s engines is the new 1.5-litre dCi diesel with 90bhp. It delivers 74.3 mpg and CO2 emissions below the 100g/km barrier. As a result, with this unit you don’t owe the taxman a penny when it comes to road fund licence, plus, London drivers will currently be able to skip the Congestion Charge.

Looking closer at what each trim level of the Logan MCV offers, it will make encouraging reading for possibly buyers as well.

The starting Access trim provides body coloured bumpers as standard, unlike the basic versions of the Dacia Duster and Sandero. The 15″ steel wheels round off the car’s strong and practical look.

Dacia hasn’t cut down on the safety kit either. With the Logan ABS and Electronic Stability Control come standard along with traction control and ISOFIX child seat points found in both outer rear seats. Four airbags are also fitted standard in the five-seater Logan.

The mid-range Ambience model, starting from £7,595, adds a radio/CD player, Bluetooth connectivity and electric front windows.

The range-topping Laureate trim, which starts from £8,995, brings even more luxury features to this budget estate. Add-ons include a leather steering wheel and gearknob, an upgraded radio/CD player with an MP3 reader, fingertip remote controls and four speakers.

The rear boot of the Dacia Logan MCV can store up to 573 litres when all the seats are up, which is more compared to certain rivals like the Ford Mondeo Estate which holds 535 litres. Fold the rear seats down in the Logan and the total loading capacity rises to 1,518 litres.

With such a low priced range and efficient engines, plus very respectable loading capabilities thrown in, Dacia looks as well placed as they possibly could to stun the UK’s family car market with its new budget estate model.

The Dacia Logan MCV is available to order now from Perrys Dacia Dealership in Aylesbury. This car will become available for test drives starting from July 2013.