Building a budget small car is one thing, but when Dacia announced it was to offer class-leading space for class-leading money with an estate, it surprised many people. Okay, so its Dacia Logan MCV estate is built using bits from a circa-2000 Renault Clio, but when you look at the list prices, that starts to seem insignificant. Indeed, the Dacia is a complete bargain next to rivals such as the Kia Ceed Sportwagon, and Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia estates.
The entry-level naturally aspirated 1.2 petrol is from that Clio, too, and it feels it, although at least it’ll be cheap to run.
More advanced is the turbocharged 0.9 petrol, which offers more mid-range punch, but still has to be thrashed to go quickly. A 1.5 diesel tops the range, and is the quickest, cleanest and most frugal engine, but also the most expensive to buy.
Part of the Logan’s charm is its low starting price, but Access trim offers barely anything in the way of equipment, so is a poor choice. Next-level Ambiance makes more sense, because it comes with a few worthwhile extras – company car drivers should look here. For not a lot more though, we’d recommend going for Laureate, which adds further goodies, and allows you to choose an optional touchscreen system added for relative peanuts.
Overall, the Logan MCV gets three stars. It doesn’t drive sharply, ride particularly well and is noticeably less refined than rivals. Again, though, it’s cheap to buy and run and it has the interior space and boot to rival estates many price bands above it. This helps you to forgive some of its faults