Former Romanian car company Dacia has featured before on Shoppersbase, when it claimed the accolade of the UK’s cheapest hatchback, back in January 2013. Now under the manufacturing umbrella of Renault, Dacia seems to be the fore runner when it comes to affordable cars, as it has just released news of a brand new estate car – The Logan. But as we have come to expect from this thrifty car company, this is not just any old estate car, it is the UK’s cheapest at a mind boggling £6,995.
You can pre-order your interest for the new Logan MCV (Maximum Capacity Vehicle) by visiting the Dacia website at dacia.co.uk, but for under seven grand, what do you actually get?
Well Dacia state on their website that their ‘simple range of cleverly designed cars uses only useful technology’, so don’t expect luxury trims or leather seats. On the basic model you do get the choice of three simple trim levels, body coloured bumpers, 15-inch steel wheels, ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), ASR traction control, ISOFIX points in both outer rear seats and four airbags.
The Dacia Logan is extremely versatile, as it features a 573 litre boot, which is capable of expanding to 1,518 once the rear seats folded down, so that you can transport larger items. There is also a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and a forward-folding front passenger seat that allows maximum flexibility depending on whether you are transporting a rear passenger or carrying longer items.
But although they have maximised the interior space, they have made sure that running costs are also at a minimum. There is a state-of-the art TCe 90 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which combines a gutsy performance with excellent fuel efficiency and your CO2 emissions of just 116 g/km. You can also choose between this petrol engine or the dCi 90 diesel engine, with fuel consumption of 74.3mpg combined and CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. The diesel versions are priced at £9,395 for the Ambiance version and £10,795 for the Laureate version.
There are three Logan MCV’s available, the basic Access model, the Ambiance and Laureate.
The Access is the cheapest and is the standard version, with little extras, but plenty of options for add ons. As with the Dacia hatchbacks, there is no stereo with the basic model
Pay an extra £600 however, and you can upgrade to the MCV Ambiance which will include a radio/CD player, USB input, Bluetooth, remote central locking and electric front windows to the package. And for the Logan MCV Laureate you get all the luxury extras, which include air conditioning, electric door mirrors, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, electric rear windows and front fog lights, priced at £8,995.
You can also add two optional extra packs, the Protection Pack costs £225 and gives you a boot liner, rear parking sensors and rear mats. The Touring Pack costs £280 and features a front centre armrest, luggage net for the boot and transversal roof bars.
Other add ons include a seven-inch touchscreen sat-nav at £250, rear parking sensors for £250 and leather upholstery for £600 on Laureate models, and on the Ambiance and Laureate models you can opt for metallic paint at an extra £495 and 15-inch alloys at £425.
Colour is limited on all models, you only get the Access model in white, while the Ambiance and Lauriate have a choice of five colours – cinder red, mercury, pearl black, sargasso blue and stone.
All of the Logan MCVs have a standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty and roadside assistance. You can extend this warranty for up to five years and 60,000 miles for an extra £395, or there is a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty for £850.
For more information on pre-ordering any of the Dacia Logan models, visit the website at dacia.co.uk.
They are expected to arrive in the UK in July 2013.
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