Fitted with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-banger diesel with common rail, the Logan MCV 1.5 dCI doesn't exactly deliver supercar performance. Also available in a cheaper, 70 hp version, our test car had the "fire-breathing" 85 hp variant, which, apart from the sluggish power delivery on almost every step of the power scale, provides an impressive fuel economy. In the three-day period we had the MCV on our hands, most of the driving was done in a busy city, with stop-and-go traffic.
Well, despite not the best conditions, the overall fuel economy didn't exceed the 6.2 liters per 100 kilometers (US 38 mpg) mark. Considering this is a compact seven-seater, we find that more than impressive. Living in the city with a car like this isn't such an easy feat though, if we take into account a few more details. The car has a wheelbase almost as long as the one of a Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse, which doesn't exactly "feels good" in a crowded city. Parking is also not facilitated by the oddly-shaped D-pillars, which curve upwards, restricting visibility towards some angles to the rear of the car.
On the other hand, the overall visibility and parking on the kerb is positively influenced by the almost SUV-like 16 centimeters (6.3 inches) of ground clearance. This, with the help of the flat and mildly-high lateral windows give you the impression of driving the G-Klasse Popemobile, with very good visibility around the vehicle whenever you find yourself in a "tight" situation. Also, you should consider the car lacks parking sensors.
All in all, the fuel consumption is way below the average of what we've recently tested, especially considering the amount of seats available in the MCV, almost making us feel as snub as a Prius driver. Still, on the whole, this is not a car made to be used exclusively in the city, since it's not quite easy to park.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
This is absolutely fantastic! I love it! It reminds me of the little bus I used to take to go to school every day after I arrived in the US. Yeah, some people were making fun of me, taking my lunch money and giving me atomic wedgies whenever I stepped out of the "short bus" – as everyone called it - but I didn't care. In that yellow vehicle I felt the safest I could be, together with my booger-eating friends.
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