A well-known catchphrase from the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series was "Space: The Final Frontier". Well, it seems that the engineers in charge of the Logan MCV brief included Jean-Luc Picard fans when they decided how much headroom this car was going to have. Somewhere between a mid-size minivan and a compact, there isn't exactly enough space to fit a handball team in perfect comfort, but there are still up to seven seats available. By coincidence, our test car was equipped with the seven seats package, in a 2-3-2 configuration.
Although the overall space is more than enough from the lowest point in the vehicle to the highest, the legroom isn't something to brag about, especially considering you're going to fill it up with seven different individuals. In other words, those seven people should be really close friends in order to coexist in peace during a longer journey in the Logan MCV. This especially considering that, besides some space for your beverages flanking the two rear seats, there isn't that much storage available.
For example, the only storage space available for the passengers in the middle is a small travel bag or a murse
on their laps, IF they do carry one with each other. Other than that, there's the medium-sized glove compartment and front door pockets enough to fit a few Coke bottles into them. Sure, there are a a few optional features to improve this "lack of storage spaces" situation, but out test car didn't have them.
The fit and finish of the interior is abounding with good and bad exclamations. First, the bad: the plastics are as horrendous as in almost any 90's commercial vehicle, but we'll let this slide considering it costs almost half than the cheapest seven-seater out there. On the good side, the fit is not exactly what you'd expect from a low-cost car such as this one, and the main reason for this is the one-piece dashboard. This makes it pretty hard for any random pieces to detach themselves from one another, so the whole dashboard gives a pretty solid feeling for such an inexpensive vehicle.
The worst part about fitting a car so short (4.5 meters, or 176.2 inches) with seven seats is of course the fact that the luggage compartment is almost non-existent, with only 198 liters (7 cubic feet) available behind the two seats in the rear. Of course, you can - very easily we might add – retract either the two seats in the back or/and the middle bench, thus creating enough space for a game of Twister – 2350 liters (83 cubic feet).
Also, the interior is far from being at least mildly ergonomic from a number of reasons. First of all, the switches for the front windows are on the center console, while the ones for the rear are between the front seats, in a place hard to reach both by the driver AND the rear passengers. Second of all, the knob for controlling the tilt of the exterior rear view mirrors is placed just under the handbrake lever. It's like the project managers first imagined this car without power windows and mirrors, which were later added to the interior as a last-minute finishing touch.Continue reading