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Dacia Logan has been dominating budget-oriented car segment for more than ten years. The recipe for success lies in the optimal performance-to-price ratio, replenished by the cooperation with a globally known manufacturer Renault. Throughout the history of existence the vehicle has been introduced in varied body versions, including sedans, vans, pick-ups, coupes, and station wagons. The latter, entitled MCV (maximum capacity vehicle), has become a real hit far beyond the European continent. Thus, it would be a good idea to review Dacia Logan of the 2015 production year.
First launched at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, the estate version of Logan keeps on conquering the hearts of customers by spaciousness. Unfortunately, exterior doesn’t speak modernity but is rather a remnant of the past. Still, devotees of austerity will find it an advantage and might be pleased with six different paintworks (stone, blue, red, silver, white, and black) to choose from.
The hood features a pronounced grille with chrome insertions. The bumper is svelte and elegant; the central air inlet, as well as notches for foglights, is quite detailed. The side silhouette is full of dynamism, interfaced with low curves of the roofline and pimples on the lower wings. The tail has got a well-balanced liftgate and updated taillights. The chassis (on any trim) rests on 15-inch steel wheels.
Inside, the cabin is modest as well. One wouldn’t find any modern luxuries, rich electronics or top-notch upholstery. Plastic coating & commonplace fabrics speak cheapness. Instead, there is plenty of room for the passengers and their cargo. The 5-seater station wagon is ready to conveniently accommodate five mid-sized adults, offering sufficient leg/head/shoulder room fore and aft. The boot with all seats up equals to 573 liters – the best-in-class result; when the backbench is folded, its capacity enlarges to astounding 1518 liters.
The steering wheel and gearlever are plastic, void of tactile smoothness. The cabin’s sound insulation is one more weak point of the MCV modification. The noise level, which comes from the outside, is doubled due to the noise generated by the engine. Therefore, driving might become a bit bothersome.
The driver’s seat in the basic version lacks adjustments. Similarly, the backbench lacks headrests. For sure, Dacia has made available those boons, but only on the top trim.
The next point in Dacia Logan review is performance. The 2015 MCV model is shipped with three different powertrains. Upon the whole, there are two petrol motors and one diesel engine. The integrated suspension offers the maximal level of softness in order to add to the wagon’s off-road capabilities. The car’s efficiency allows for accelerating up to 100 km/h for 12.1 seconds. Therewith, fuel economy remains at the lowest level: 5.5 liters per 100 km at average.
The echelon of petrol powertrains is represented by a 0.9-liter turbocharged item that produces 90 horsepower and 135 nm of torque at 2500 RPM. Its senior brother, a 1.2-liter engine, boasts 75 horsepower, consuming 5.8 liters per 100 km. The 1.5-liter diesel motor offers 90 horsepower but twice as high torque. Its fuel economy breaks any record: 3.8 liters/100 km.
It should be noted that this estate vehicle is shipped with a 5-speed manual transmission only. Automatic gearbox is not an option across different trims.
All potential customers have a choice out of three Dacia Logan MCV trims: base Access, mid-level Ambiance and top-level Laureate.
The Access cannot brag about decent set of facilities. The base kit consists of tinted windows, manual windows winding, plastic doors, handles and mirror frames, a power steering, and Isofix child-seat fixtures. The Logan Ambiance adds plastic wheel trims, more qualitative upholstery, power front windows, chrome insertions in the detailing, Bluetooth phone connection, a USB port, central lock, and a powerful stereo.
Finally, the top Logan Laureate version is furnished with 15-inch alloy wheels, leather gear-knob, front foglights, air-conditioner, rear headrests, boot light, a sat navigation system, leather upholstery, leather steering wheel with height adjustments, and cruise control.
All trims come with airbags, antilock brakes, traction and stability control system, ESC, and child seat fasteners. There is a rearview parking sensor, installed on Laureate modification; although, none of the trims can boast the latest advanced safety facilities, such as lane or park assist, post-collision system, etc.
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