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Dacia Logan MCV estate - Reliability & safety (2013-2021)

The Dacia Logan MCV should be just as dependable as the Sandero hatchback

Carbuyer Rating

3.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.4 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

2.5 out of 5

It's in these two categories that the Dacia Logan MCV's budget origins are perhaps most harshly exposed. Neither are the car's safety or reliability credentials particularly impressive. However, this doesn't automatically imply that owners will be disappointed

Dacia Logan reliability

Dacia finished right at the bottom of the table in both our 2017 and 2018 Driver Power owner satisfaction surveys. However, rather than suffering outright condemnation, the brand's low placing seems to stem merely from the fact that other cars received higher praise in many areas.

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Although too few Logan MCV owners participated for it to be individually featured in either survey, Dacia owners were unimpressed by the interior materials and fit and finish of their cars, and find the engines a little noisy and uninspiring. On the other hand, running costs are low and the spacious luggage compartments are appreciated. When it comes to reliability, 17.2% of Dacia owners reported at least one fault in the first year of ownership.

Safety

The Logan MCV only scored three stars in the industry-standard Euro NCAP crash tests, due largely to a poor score of just 57% for adult occupant protection and 38% in the safety assistance category. It would appear that keeping the cost of the car down has meant making some sacrifices in terms of safety, while skimping on hi-tech systems like lane-keeping assistance and autonomous emergency braking hasn’t helped in this regard, either.

Euro NCAP's assessment of vehicles is taking into account an increasing number of driver assistance systems, which the Logan MCV has few of. All this makes it a slightly old-fashioned seeming choice when it comes to safety. Puncture repair foam is standard across the range, but a more dependable space-saver spare wheel is an optional extra at £100. On higher-spec models, parking sensors and a reversing camera can also be specified.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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