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Dacia Logan MCV Estate review

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Dacia Logan MCV Estate
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18 Dec 2015 14:15 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 12:57

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Driving

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

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.

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There are 5 trims available for the Logan estate. Click to see details.See all versions
Laureate
This trim still looks cheap next to rivals, but the Logan’s many downsides start to become more of an issue as the prices creep up. 15in alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, air-con, a radio, cruise...View trim
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Comfort
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Access
Provides the headline starting prices but in reality few people these days will put up with its spartan equipment list. 15in steel wheels, tyre-pressure monitoring and an immobiliser are the only t...View trim
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Essential
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Ambiance
For not a huge amount extra over Access, Ambiance offers an attractive package. Trims to go over your steel wheels, electric front windows, an Aux input and USB connection, Bluetooth connectivity a...View trim
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