Despite only achieving a moderate score for this chapter, the new Dacia Logan is clearly a step ahead in terms of comfort when compared to the previous model and that’s because the automaker has followed a simple principle: fix what was wrong in the past.
The ergonomics are now superior, with most of the controls being within your reach. The steering is lighter, so parking maneuvers are considerably easier, but the ultra-thin steering wheel may offer an unpleasant sensation to many drivers
There are certain areas of the car that provide comfort but aren’t obvious if you just take a quick look around the cabin. The driver’s footrest, for example, is now in its place, so you no longer have to use the rounded shape of the old model. Then there’s the center armrest, which is now offered as an option. This comes after many owners of the previous model turned to the aftermarket world for having one.
Another apparently minor element that could really get on one’s nerves in the old model was the turn signal sound, which was shared with multiple low-cost Renault cars. This has changed now and it feels much more civilized.
However, the cost-cutting shortcuts mean that the cabin of the Logan doesn’t get receive quite as much soundproofing as you’d like it to. And when you open or close the doors, these make unpleasant metallic sounds, with the whole cabin amplifying these. What’s more, both the interior and the exterior the doorhandles also sound unusual in a bad way.
Financial reasons are also behind the lack of a proper grab handle for the rear doors. In fact, the rear passengers don’t get too much respect, as they also lack any kind of storage space, as well as side airbags.
While these absences may or may not be understandable, there’s no excuse for the fact that the climate control system doesn’t seem to fully faces the challenges of your average winter season.
We’ll also mention the sun visor mirrors. It’s great the vehicle has two of them considering its price, but these are not covered - this allows the reflections to draw your attention when the visors are in certain positions.
In the end, the Logan offers a decent level of comfort, mixing elements such as the excellent interior space with issues brought by the low budget nature of the vehicle.Continue reading