When building a low-cost vehicle, there’s always a thin line between cheap and value for money - the Logan finds itself on the good side of this balance and this is the best part of the car. The new generation may come with a small pricing increase, but it’s also better equipped, so the ratio between the two stays positive for the customers.
The Logan range now starts at just under €7,000 ($9,300), but a model like the one we drove, with the smart 0.9 TCe engine and gifted with most of the necessary features, climbs to the €10,000 ($13,312) level. We have to mention that the prices include 24 percent VAT.
Another good part of the Logan that’s even better now is its interior space. This vehicle can accommodate up to five passengers and their luggage, no matter how long the journey is.
This Dacia is also robust and dependable, albeit slightly less compared to the old model if you go for the downsized 0.9-liter TCe engine. However, if you’re not planning to abuse the car in rough areas, this powerplant is certainly the way to go. It offers a good compromise between refinement, power and fuel efficiency.
However, don’t expect the Logan to excel at any chapter other than the aforementioned ones. We are dealing with a budget car and you’ll feel it in each and every aspect of everyday driving. This, of course, is the worst side of the vehicle.
The interior styling may have evolved, but it’s still uninspiring. The fit and finish is rather poor and this can be felt both inside and out. For example, you end up with a bootlid lock that freezes during the winter - Now that’s a special story.
Renault welcomed back the Dacia brand and brought it under the international spotlights in order to offer people a no-frills budget line-up of vehicles. The French carmaker did just this, which is why Dacia’s models are now more successful than many of its own. The Logan undercuts all its competitors in terms of pricing, but you inevitably pay for this. It may be a utility-derived choice like the Duster
, but unlike Dacia’s crossover, it’s not a pleasant one.Continue reading