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Dacia Logan MCV is UK’s cheapest estate – Geneva Motor Show 2013

Dacia is promising its new Logan MCV – short for max capacity vehicle – will be the UK’s most affordable estate. It will follow in the footsteps of the UK’s cheapest new car, the Dacia Sandero, and the UK’s cheapest SUV, the Dacia Duster.

The Logan MCV estate offers a lot of space for what is likely to be very little money. Its price has yet to be confirmed, but it’ll seat up to five passengers in comfort and has an impressive 573 litres of luggage space ─ significantly more than the 476 litres you get in the Ford Focus Estate.

Ditch the rear passengers, fold the rear sears forward and that amount increases to 1,518 litres over a maximum length of 2.7m — perfect for bringing home all but the largest flat-pack furniture boxes. There’s also 16 litres of additional storage in the form of cubby holes, storage bins and a tray in the dashboard.

Two petrol engine options will be available at launch; the budget 1.2-litre 16v 75 and the pricier 1.5-litre TCe 90 three-cylinder turbo. Dacia claims the latter option weighs 15kg less than a similarly powered conventional engine, which goes some way to explaining the competitive fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures of 56.5mpg and 116g/km, respectively.

Both engines can be put into an Eco Mode that is said to improve fuel efficiency and emissions by up to ten per cent ─ providing you can put up with a hit on performance and climate control oomph.

For diesel lovers, the Dacia Logan MCV can also come equipped with a 1.5-litre dCi. 74.3mpg is achievable and CO2 emissions of 99g/km is promised, putting it in the cheapest tax bracket, though it will cost slightly more to purchase in the first place.

In its bog-standard form, you can expect a few mod-cons such as Electronic stability control, a plethora of airbags, anti-lock brakes, power steering and emergency Brake Assist, ideal if you thought the Duster wasn’t safe enough. Fully loaded Locan MCVs come with a 7-inch Media Nav touchscreen in the dashboard, a radio equipped with Bluetooth and MP3 player connectivity, cruise control and rear-parking sensors.

Pre-orders for the Dacia Logan MCV in the UK will begin in April. We’ll bring you pricing info as soon as we have it. 

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