- Huge boot
- Incredible value for money
- Low running costs
- Basic standard kit
- Dated interior
- Dull styling
Roomy estate for those on a budget.
The Dacia Logan MCV, first introduced in 2013, is the latest in the Romanian manufacturer's lineup. The budget car maker has been hugely successful in the UK market, thanks to incredibly low purchase cost, and no-frills motoring. The Logan costs less than some superminis, but offers more space than a family hatchback, making it a great option for families on a budget.
It isn’t what you’d call refined, with a rough ride, a low quality interior, and sparse equipment. Running costs are low however, and there’s plenty of interior space and boot capacity. If you’re in need of practicality, but don’t have a lot of money, the Logan may well be the perfect car for you.
Functional and practical, but lacks in finesse.
As you’ve probably already gathered, the Logan is a car that puts practicality above all else. You can’t argue with the space it offers, but it’s interior is dated, and equipment levels are sparse on entry-level models.
The dashboard design of the Logan is one of utilitarian simplicity. Compare the Logan with its more expensive rivals and it does feel pretty cheap. Material quality is poor, with hard plastics adorning every area. Controls are simple and easy to use, which will attract buyers who value ease of use. And whilst it might lack class, the cabin does feel like it’s built to last. It’s not the easiest car to get comfortable in however, as the steering wheel isn’t adjustable.
If there’s one area in which the Logan excels, it’s in the practicality that it offers. There’s more than enough legroom and headroom in the back, even for tall adults, making it a great car to lug passengers around in. The 573 litre boot capacity is astonishing for a car that’s as cheap to buy as the Logan. It’s a huge space, with more than enough room for a full family’s travel luggage.
Equipment levels in the Logan are scant across the range, especially with the entry-level model. The most basic Access trim is sparse to say the least. You’ll get little more than the basic shell, with no electric windows or air-con. Mid-range Ambience adds front electric windows, a CD player, and Bluetooth. Whilst range-topping Laureate trim adds air-con, rear electric windows, and alloy wheels.
All in all the Logan does everything you’d expect from a budget family estate. The interior might lack class, but it’s well-built, and will withhold the rigours of family life. Practicality is exceptional, though don’t expect to get all the modcons, especially if you go for an entry-level model.
Acceptable, but not a lot else.
If you’re expecting the Logan to be a fun car to drive once you’re behind the wheel, you’re probably going to be in for a bit of a shock. The steering lacks feel, whilst its heaviness makes parking and weaving in and out of traffic a bit of a pain. Once you get the Logan up to speed the steering is a little better, though there is noticeable body roll whilst cornering. It’s never unstable, but there’s less grip than you’d get from a more expensive rival.
Suspension and Chassis
The soft suspension setup in the Logan certainly doesn’t lend itself to driving experience, but in some ways it does aid ride comfort. At lower speeds the Logan easily deals with loose surfaces and potholes. Take the Logan up to the national speed limit however and it becomes unsettled. Refinement is also pretty compromised. Road and wind noise are particularly intrusive on the motorway, so it’s not a car that you’d want to do long distances in regularly.
Gearbox options in the Logan come only in one guise. No matter which Logan you go for, you’re going to get a five speed manual transmission. It does the job, but you might sometimes find yourself struggling to put the Logan in the right gear, as it’s not exactly precise. A lack of sixth gear also means it can be noisy at speed.
Two decent petrols, but most buyers will want to go for the diesel.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Logan, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There are two petrols on offer, but both have to be worked hard. The diesel is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch.
The Logan is not a car that’s geared towards petrolheads, and it really shows when you look at the engines on offer. The most powerful engines are the 0.9 litre petrol, and the 1.5 litre diesel. Both produce 90bhp, but the diesel has far more torque, with 220lb/ft on tap. Neither is particularly quick in a drag race, with the 0.9 litre petrol taking 11.1 seconds from 0-62mph, and the 1.5 litre diesel taking a marginally slower 11.8 seconds. Both are more useable than the entry-level 1.2 litre petrol however, which will sluggishly crawl to 62mph in 14.5 seconds.
Eco-friendly buyers will however be reasonably pleased with the engines in the Logan range. The greenest is undoubtedly the 1.5 dCi diesel. It produces 90g/km of CO2 emissions, which for a family estate is exceptional. This model is also the best option for money savers. Not only does it come with a zero road tax bill, it also offers up to an impressive 81mpg. You can save yourself plenty of money on fuel if you go for the diesel Logan.
Though the 1.2 litre petrol engine is the cheapest in the Logan range, for most buyers it’s one to avoid. The diesel is easily the pick of the bunch. Not only is it the most powerful, it also happens to be the best for the planet, whilst also offering impeccably low running costs.
3-star NCAP results, and a mediocre kit list.
Unlike most modern family estate cars, the Dacia Logan failed to achieve the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety result. Its 3-star result might look bad on paper, but it’s essentially down to the lack of modern safety equipment. In its test the Logan scored 57% for adult protection, 75% for child protection, 55% for pedestrian protection, and 38% for safety assist. Standard safety kit includes four airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, and ABS. Compared to some modern cars, it’s pretty unimpressive, but it’s to be expected in a car as cheap as the Logan is.
Exceptional value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation.
The Dacia Logan offers family buyers incredible value for money, no matter which model you go for. That’s simply because it’s so much cheaper to buy than its rivals. Running costs do depend however on which model you go for. The 1.2 litre petrol engine will cost the most to run day-to-day, but go for the 1.5 dCi diesel, and you’ll get a free road tax bill, as well as impressive fuel economy. The Logan really is a bargain buy.
Insurance groups for the Logan vary between model to model. Generally speaking though, you’ll probably pay less than you would for an equivalent rival. The cheapest model to insure is the 1.2 Access, which is in group 3, whilst the most expensive is the range-topping, super-efficient 1.5 dCi Laureate, which is in group 12.
Depreciation is a factor to consider with the Logan, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Dacia Logan MCV might have many flaws, but when it comes down to value for money, there isn’t a car on the market that can match it. It offers a spacious interior, and a huge boot, for less than the price of a supermini. It’s low-key interior, questionable safety standards, and unengaging drive might put of some family buyers. But if you want a hugely practical car that does the basics right, you can’t really go wrong with a Dacia Logan.
Buying a used Dacia Logan online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Dacia Logan for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Logan. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Dacia Logan online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Dacia? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Dacia Logan, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Logan, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Dacia to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.