Dacia Logan MCV Awarded 3 Stars by the Euro NCAP Over Poor Protection

Unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the station wagon version of the Logan is like any other Dacia model around - cheap, plasticky and spacious, with a 12-year-old B0 platform and second generation Renault Clio bits and bobs. It’s no wonder then why the Euro NCAP awarded it with a mere 3 stars.
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Conceived by Renault’s Romanian low-cost brand Dacia as a very affordable family car, the Logan MCV crashed by the Euro NCAP was a base 1.5 dCi turbo diesel, sporting a 1,216 kg (2,680 lbs) curb weight. Starting at €7,990 in Romania and £6,995 in the United Kingdom, this car isn’t up-to-date safety-wise.

The only safety and driver aids offered come in the form of two frontal airbags, side airbags and the mandatory ABS and ESC systems.

In crash tests regarding adult occupant safety, the Dacia Logan MCV got 57 percent

That low score is the result of a lot of deformation, seat belts that don’t benefit from pretensioners, a clutch pedal that moved 144 mm (5.6 in) rearward during impact and poor whiplash protection.

Child occupant protection was a little better for infants and 3-year-old children, with the Euro NCAP awarding the Logan MCV with a respectable 75 percent. As far as safety assist features are concerned, the institute awarded the family hauler with 38 percent thanks to a couple of things: the seat belt reminder feature for the front passengers and the electronic stability control (ESC) system.

Although protection offered by the bumper to pedestrians' legs was predominantly good or adequate, the front edge of the hood showed poor protection of the pelvis areas in all tests, thus scoring no points.

After all, this is just a budget car. Customers and owners of the MCV shouldn’t be too surprised by the 3-star rating awarded by Euro NCAP because this is the cheapest station wagon money can buy in Europe.

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