Renault’s value brand, Dacia, offers one of, if not the cheapest ranges on sale today. Its cars may not be the most stylish or the most ought-after, but they are all very affordable and provide those looking for no-fuss motoring a welcome option.
But the current market is also dominated by the crossover – SUV-styled models with a hatchback base. So, Dacia also offers the Logan with SUV-inspired styling, as well as a slightly raised ride height.
We take at this model, known as the Logan MCV Stepway, to see whether this style of vehicle can prove to be a practical option.
Offered with two power options, the MCV Stepway we got behind the wheel of the 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol version, which was paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. Developing 89bhp and 140Nm of torque, this version of the MCV Stepway can go from 0-60mph in a sedentary 12.2 seconds – going on to a top speed of 104mph.
Although it sounds slow, the engine is actually really good with plenty of torque being offered at higher revs and it settling down around down. However, at higher speeds, the engine does start to struggle, and it feels less refined. The alternative engine, a 1.5-litre diesel, develops 94bhp and is more economical than the petrol.
Ride and Handling
With the car being towards the cheaper end of the market, the driving feel is not the most refined. The ride is comfortable thanks to the soft suspension and the well-cushioned seats, meaning you can cruise well.
However, the steering doesn’t feel as well balanced as expected, with the steering not self-centering in a standard fashion. There is also a lack of feel from the front wheels, which can be an unnerving sensation.
Interior and Equipment
Dacia isn’t known for producing premium products and that’s reflected inside the car. The cabin is very simplified as it’s a place where Dacia can cut costs, so there are many cheaper materials used. But this does make it very durable and more likely to last.
But where the Logan MCV excels is on space. The 573-litre boot space is cavernous, and the flat floor is incredibly helpful. There is also a lot of room for adult passengers in the rear, with lots of head and legroom allowing for lots of comfort.
Dacia models aren’t the most expensive anyway. But with the Logan MCV starting for as little as £8,495, it’s very difficult to not recognise its great value for money. Although for that price you do get the barest essentials such as air conditioning, daytime running lights and hill start assist.
For the Stepway Techroad we tried, additional equipment includes a reversing camera, air conditioning, a seven-inch touchscreen with sat-nav and smartphone connectivity. This is as equipped as a Dacia gets, but for budget motoring, it’s good nonetheless.See Available Logan deals
For the £13,555 starting price, you can buy the Stepway Techroad for less than most superminis on the market. Considering the amount of practicality and durability you get with the MCV Stepway, that’s incredibly good value for money.
With the petrol engine on-board, Dacia claims it can achieve between 43.5mpg and 45.6mpg, while emitting 125g/km CO2.
Although it may not be as refined as many other cars, the Dacia Logan MCV Stepway is both practical and durable to endure the rigours of family life. With a frankly huge boot and the bare essentials on the top-spec
Techroad model, it’s very difficult to fault at the sub-£14,000 price point. If you want no fuss and no frills practical motoring, the Logan MCV is difficult to look past.