-Dacia confirms pricing and specification for its fourth UK model – Logan MCV (Maximum Capacity Vehicle) from £6,995
-Logan MCV’s 573-litre boot (1,518 seats down) gives it executive class Volvo V70-rivalling boot space (575 litres) for city car money. In pence-per-litre terms - with a jaw-dropping price tag from £6,995 and a 573-litre boot, a paltry £12.20 per litre.
-Three versions to choose from: Access, Ambiance and Lauréate
-Numerous options available, including seven-inch touchscreen MediaNav, leather upholstery and rear parking sensors
-Two attractively prices accessory packs: Protection and Touring
-Choice of three frugal engines, including new three-cylinder 0.9 TCe 90 petrol and 1.5 dCi 90, both with ECO mode
-Available to order from today. Available for test drive in Dacia Retailers from July 2013
If it’s not the weather getting us Brits down, it’s our obsession with pence per litre. Renault Group’s smart buy brand Dacia is capable of many things, but conjuring up the sun might be a stretch too far, even for them. But, on a brighter note, when it comes to pence per litre – we’re talking bootspace for your money here, not the stuff which comes out of the fuel pumps - it can help cash-conscious new car buyers. The Logan MCV (Maximum Capacity Vehicle) becomes the “UK’s most affordable new estate car” today, with prices from a whisker under £7,000.
The fourth Dacia model to hit our shores arrives in July with a boot to take on a Volvo V70, let alone one to shame every other supermini estate. Or, in layman’s terms, executive class-sized load lugging for city car cash. In pence per litre? With a jaw-dropping price tag from £6,995 and a 573-litre boot with the rear seats in place, a paltry 12.2p. With the seats down and a cavernous 1,518 litres freed up, it drops to only 4.6p. You can’t even get a couple of Black Jacks or Flying Saucers from the corner shop for that these days.
To get anywhere near its unrivalled value-for-money, for the same outlay, most buyers would be left trudging forlornly around used car forecourts on the hunt for a worn-in supermini estate up to four years old. Even then, as a comparison, a Skoda Fabia Estate only musters a 505 litre boot. And at these prices, it’ll more than likely be well outside its standard manufacturer warranty period.
For those looking to buy a rival supermini estate from new it just gets worse. As examples, the list price for its Czech rival starts at £11,105. Its Iberian VW Group stablemate, Ibiza ST, at £12,260. Oh yes, both a whopping £4,000 to £5,000 more than the Dacia. With another £1,700 or so in their pockets compared to the Spaniard, buyers could easily put two Logan MCVs on their driveway instead. It’s not quite buy-one-get-one-free, but you get the idea. Care to know their equivalent pence per (boot) litre stats just to round off their miserable showing? A rather hefty 21.9p and 28.5p respectively.
Of course, those with a more care-free approach to life, could always fulfil their “bootylicious” dreams with an older, larger motor. Like say, the aforementioned Volvo V70. But, then you’re talking six- to seven-year old ones. With up to 100,000 miles on the clock. And funnily enough, still no manufacturer warranty left.
Whichever way you look at it, if Dacia’s ‘You do the maths’ ethos is anything to go by, their sums simply don’t add up.
Like every other Dacia model, the current version of Logan MCV has been a global smash hit. So, while Renault’s Romanian offshoot won’t be importing the Logan saloon into the UK, it’s expecting its spacious new arrival to find plenty of new homes. The new five-seat model is effectively an estate version of the Sandero supermini, sharing exactly the same underpinnings, engines and transmissions, but with a different look beyond the driver’s door.
Whether it’s going to be used as the family workhorse, taking dogs to the park, carting mountain bikes around for dirty (riding) weekends, or loading up with the latest season’s gardening essentials, Logan MCV is built to make life simple. That its boot is vast is immediately obvious, but backing up its impressive practicality is an equally helpful low loading lip. Just 589mm up from the ground. The boot opening’s a decent size too, with a 787mm entry gap up to the roof, combined with a 1011mm boot opening width. Forget the sink, with those kinds of figures, it’s plenty big enough to take the entire kitchen.
It would be churlish to think Dacia is expecting buyers to buy its new baby only for its unpretentious practicality. Underneath its smart looks, Logan MCV has plenty more to offer. Including bulletproof reliability and very low running costs.
Logan MCV– UK’s most affordable new estate from £6,995
In true Dacia ‘simplicity’ style, the Logan MCV line-up mirrors its sister car, Sandero, exactly. The only difference is £1,000 in price between comparable versions, to account for its estate body. Three easily distinguishable trim levels are on offer, Access, Ambiance and Lauréate, priced from only £6,995 to a still scarcely believable £10,795 for the range-topping diesel.