Three engines are available. First is the tiny, turbocharged 0.9 petrol, which has to be worked relatively hard to access its performance. This is the quietest engine in the range, but refinement is pretty poor. We’re yet to drive the larger, naturally aspirated 1.2 in the Logan, but it feels slow in the smaller, lighter Sandero, so we’d wager it’ll feel even slower here – especially with a cabin full of people and a boot full of luggage. It’s noisy, but at least mercifully free from vibrations.
The strongest engine of the range is the 1.5 diesel. It’s noisy when started from cold, but settles down once warm and cruising along. Start to use the revs, though, and you’ll know about it. The only gearbox is a five-speed manual which is notchy and a little awkward for comfort.
The Logan MCV’s suspension is focused on comfort instead of cornering ability, but rarely provides it. The ride is too easily unsettled at low speeds and over larger bumps, while body control isn’t a strong point. The car never feels unstable, there’s lots of body lean and grip runs out earlier than it does in many rivals. The steering is inconsistently weighted, too.