Dacia Logan MCV-07

Here’s a car that should fulfill the automotive needs of most people (what we all want is a different matter altogether) – a large estate with a small price. The new Dacia Logan MCV (Max Capacity Vehicle) joins the Renault-owned brand’s budget Logan range, which already has the sedan, Sandero hatchback and Sandero Stepway.

The estate-bodied Dacia Logan MCV offers class-leading loading capacity with a boot that can take in 573 litres with the rear seats up, or 1,518 litres with them folded. The 4.49 metre-long wagon (430 mm longer than a Sandero) is capable of carrying items up to 2.7 metres long. A flexible and spacious interior at city car prices is the promise here.

The interior arrangement offers no less than 16 litres of stowage features, such as front and rear door bins, cubbies and a storage tray on top of the dashboard. The luggage compartment cover has a rigid upper section with additional interior stowage capability. The easy-to-use 2/3-1/3 split/folding rear bench, standard on all versions, adds versatility.

Like the new Logan and Sandero, the MCV comes with a choice of two petrol engines: 1.2 16v 75 and the brand new TCe 90, a three-cylinder turbo petrol unit that weighs 15 kg less than a conventional engine of equivalent power. This one does 20 km/l and 116 g/km emissions. There’s also the proven 1.5 dCi diesel that manages 90 hp, 26.3 km/l and 99 g/km.

UK order books for the Dacia Logan MCV open next month, with first deliveries from July. My ideal garage is one with an economical workhorse cum family car like the Logan MCV, leaving room for an impractical but exciting sports car for those itchy days. Not so easily achieved here, though.