When first hearing about a car almost as long as a mid-size sedan and as cheap as a mini, the first thought to mind must be the fact that its creature comforts are absolutely non-existent. Well, with the Dacia Logan MCV you wouldn't be that far off with that supposition. Don't get us wrong, this is not as uncomfortable as a golf cart, but drawing a parallel between this and just about any modern station wagon would be like comparing a Derringer pocket pistol to a Desert Eagle hand cannon. Both firearms can kill you, but the number of bullets necessary and how much the aim matters is a little bit different between the two.
First, let's talk about the good things, from the comfort point of view. The interior is spacious enough to carry at least five passengers in a relatively high space comfort. The legroom is medium-sized, but the headroom is almost enough to fit a dad with his two-year old kid on his shoulders. Also on the good side is the suspension comfort, even on poor quality roads and at low and medium speeds. At high speeds though, the softness of the shock absorbers is working a bit against the car, making it act like a boat during a small monsoon.
The passengers from the middle and rear seats should either have a nice, sound sleep or they should be very talkative during longer journeys, since they have absolutely nothing else to do in the back. As we mentioned before, the only storage space available in the rear are for the two rear seats, leaving the guys in the middle to only fiddle with the poorly-placed window controls.
Other than that, our test car was fitted with almost everything the Romanian manufacturer can provide in terms of comfort features for its cars. That sounds a bit epic, but it isn't. We had a manually controlled air conditioning system - with only one zone, naturally – that worked pretty respectable given the interior size of the Logan MCV, four power windows with very "outside the box" placed controls and an on-board computer. Continue reading