Just like the exterior styling of the new Logan, the cabin has left behind the shapes of the first generation
, which seemed to have been drawn by a barbarian using an axe. The design is not radically different, it’s actually more of a pleasant evolution.
Don’t expect to find too many elements that are there just for the visual impact though. This title only goes to a horizontal line that runs the entire length of the dashboard, as well as to the trimming on the superior trim levels. The rest of the cabin is just there to handle cater to certain basic needs. For example, you can only have the interior in charcoal black or mixed with grey accents.
Even though the fit and finish leaves many things to be desired, the materials are solid and not all that unpleasant to touch. For example, the textile headliner meets a plastic finish at highest point of the A pillars. The aforementioned areas are solid and won’t brake Mary’s nails
, but they look unpleasant.
The area that’s been improved the most is that of the ergonomics - It’s obvious that the designers have paid attention to a part of the feedback coming from owners of the first-generation model.
The climate control area
has now been brought to the upper side of the dashboard and the buttons are easier to operate. In addition to that, the speedometer
now uses uneven values, which is perfect, since many of these match the speed limits of both city and open roads. The layout of the instruments is now better looking, as well as easier to read, be it during the day or the night.
On the other hand, the electric window controls have the same annoying cost-cutting layout. Those for the front windows are on the center console, while those for the rear windows are located behind the handbrake, so that both the driver and the rear passengers can use them.
And there are other problems too: the electric mirror control
isn’t illuminated and since it’s placed on the lower left side of the dash you can’t see it at night and, just like on certain Renault models, the horn button is still on the turn signal control.
The Logan tries to compensate by offering an interior that’s even more spacious than before, thanks to the increased width of the car. The luggage compartment
has kept its 510 L (18 cu. ft.) capacity, but the versatility has been boosted through the use of a 60/40 foldable rear bench. Unfortunately, you get a weird sensation everytime you open the bootlid, because the hinges slam against the base of the rear window frame pretty hard.
The Logan’s interior has kept the solid feel offered by the first-generation model, adding a bit of extra space to an already roomy cabin and increasing the refinement a bit.Continue reading