Dacia Logan MCV estate - Interior & comfort
It feels very basic, but the Dacia Logan MCV has smooth suspension
Bumpy roads can unsettle the Dacia Logan MCV, but on the whole the car soaks up imperfections pretty well and on most roads it rides quite smoothly. The interior isn’t especially visually appealing, but we reckon it can be forgiven in light of its low price. However, the plastic steering wheel and gearlever aren’t particularly pleasant to the touch.
The Dacia does suffer from wind and road noise at higher speeds and engine noise can become a little boomy, particularly in the diesels.
Dacia Logan dashboard
Despite the fact that it uses switchgear from parent company Renault that wasn’t designed with Dacia cars in mind, the Logan MCV’s interior is easy to get on with. Everything feels well bolted together, even if it’s not luxurious.
On the range-topping Comfort and Stepway versions, Dacia fits a touchscreen sat nav and stereo and it's a nice surprise to find that it’s better than the systems fitted to some far more expensive rival cars. Overall, the Logan MCV does feel cheap inside, but in a functional rather than unpleasant way.
The standard Logan MCV is available in three trim levels: entry-level Access, mid-range Essential and top-of-the-range Comfort.
The Dacia Logan Access is very sparsely equipped. It comes with 15-inch steel wheels, roof rails, electronic stability control and ISOFIX child-seat mounts on both of the outer rear seats. All the windows wind up and down manually and there’s no stereo.
Moving up to the Dacia Logan Essential gets you extras like chrome touches inside, upgraded upholstery, electric front windows, air-conditioning, remote central locking and a stereo with DAB digital radio and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
Going for the top-spec Dacia Logan Comfort model gets you a car that doesn’t scream ‘budget’ quite as loudly as the cheaper versions. Standard features here include a seven-inch touchscreen with sat nav, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a leather gearknob, cruise control, rear parking sensors, heated door mirrors, front foglights and air-conditioning.
If you want more of an SUV look, consider the Logan MCV Stepway, which is based on Comfort trim. It sits on slightly raised suspension, has roof rails, wheelarch extenders and silver skid plates that make more of a difference to its appearance than you might think.
Inside, the main distinction is a textured seat fabric with a touch of the neoprene wetsuit to it, and a bold Stepway emblem embroidered into the headrest. The steering wheel, with its soft feel and another Stepway logo, feels far nicer than that in lesser models.
There aren't many options available to buyers of the basic Access model, but Laureate owners can choose from 15-inch alloy wheels (£300), a reversing camera (£200) and a front armrest (£75). It’s also worth considering the optional spare wheel (£150) and Western Europe mapping upgrade (£90), while a Comfort Pack adds a leather steering wheel and electric rear windows for £100. A Height Adjustment Pack for Ambiance trims makes the front seatbelts, driver's seat and steering wheel adjustable for greater comfort.