This month motoring journalist Sue Cooke, gets behind the wheel of the Dacia Logan MCV Techroad
Facts at a Glance:
Model: Dacia Logan MCV Techroad | Price: £13,160otr | Engine: TCe 90 | Performance: 0-62 in 12.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 104 mph | CO2 emissions: 125 g/km | Combined fuel consumption: 43.5-45.6mpg (WLTP)
Back to school and drivers will find the 25 minutes or more they saved on their daily commute to work over the school summer holidays will disappear. With less traffic on the road, more than half of Britain’s car commuters will have gained at least five minutes each morning and a spectacular total of 1,365 years saved across the whole country in just one week, so says research by the online motor retail specialist BuyaCar.co.uk, following a poll of more than 500 drivers and linking with Department for Transport figures.
As congested roads return so will the long faces of stressed out drivers, unless you happen to be driving a Dacia. Current happy owners voted the manufacturer best value brand for 2019 in the Auto Trader New Car awards. A survey of more than 60,000 owners rated their car in 16 key areas and Dacia won, for the second year running. And in 2018 Dacia was named as the most recommended car brand in the UK in a YouGov survey, beating 34 other manufacturers.
So why does a Dacia mean a happy face? I spent a week driving the Logan MCV, an estate, which on the Stepway model adds a rugged exterior look. I like the muscular styling which includes flared wheel arches and dark metal roof rails. The raised ground clearance of 50mm took me easily over the muddy fields of a car boot parking field.
I like the impressive interior space, with five proper seats. The Logan can carry items up to 2.7m long with the rear seats flipped. The 573 litre boot easily accommodated my larger car boot goodies and the very flat sill which is a modest 589mm above ground level made it a simple task to load my heavier items.
Dacia has just launched a new limited edition across the range called Techroad. The new trim is available in two exclusive colours, Fusion Red and Highland Grey and can be spotted by its side decals and motif details. As well as the extra design features, as standard the Techroad edition comes with soft-feel steering wheel, air conditioning, Media Nav Evolution multimedia system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®, DAB Radio and Bluetooth connectivity, rear parking sensors, cruise control and speed limiter.
I did miss one feature I usually find on other road test cars though. There was no mirror on the driver’s sun visor! Dacia says by keeping things simple it is able to offer high quality cars with proven reliability.
The TCe 90 petrol engine, mated to a 5 speed manual transmission has a lively performance reaching 62mph in 12.4 seconds. For those drivers seeking to be environmentally friendly, there is a reminder gearshift indicator and an ECO mode that helps to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 10% for even more savings at the pumps. There is also a Blue dCi 95 diesel engine.
After clocking up a hefty mileage total to reach yet another car launch I realised how comfortable the journey had been and how easy the Logan is to drive.
Happy drivers are definitely those driving a Dacia Logan MCV Stepway Techroad with its practicality, a good range of standard equipment and best value for money.