The Dacia Logan MCV once again raises eyebrows for its pricing structure. You get a lot of car for your money.
The Logan MCV - that acronym stands for maximum capacity vehicle - sits on the same platform as the Dacia Sandero (as do all Dacias), but it is stretched by 430mm. The MCV is 4490mm long and delivers 573 litres of boot space with the rear seats up, rising to 1518 litres with the seats down.
While that seats down boot space leaves it fighting (and only just losing) with giant load-luggers such as the Volvo V70 for space, more standard rivals for the financial outlay would be the Skoda Fabia estate and Seat Ibiza ST. Engines range from a 74bhp turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol unit in the base car, with a turbocharged 89bhp 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol and an 89bhp 1.5-litre turbodiesel offered further up the range.
Tricking out your Dacia Logan MCV
There are three trims to choose from with the entry-level Access spec getting only the bare essentials, including hill start-assist, electronic stability control, traction control, LED day-running-lights and a 12-volt socket, while the mid-range Ambiance model adds air conditioning, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, height adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, and DAB radio.
Laureate is the range-topper and gets a height-adjustable driver's seat, a leather steering wheel and gearknob, cruise control, rear parking sensors and Dacia's 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system complete with sat nav.