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First Drive: Dacia Logan Stepway

Dacia Logan Stepway TCe 90
The story: Renault’s budget brand Dacia has added a new variant to the Logan small estate range with the rugged-look and higher ground clearance styled MCV model.
Category:Supermini
Key rival:Skoda Fabia estate
Price:£11,280
Efficiency:55.4mpg
Emissions:115g/km
On sale:Now

Dacia’s compact estate Logan MCV range has been expanded with a jacked-up new Stepway version offering cladding and a raised ride height, in addition to the Logan’s huge load space and low price. 

The new Logan MCV variant is marked out by flared wheelarches, roof rails, front skid plate and two-tone bumper, and in regular Dacia fashion, has a low price of just £11,495 for the 90hp 1.2 petrol, or £13,095 for the 90hp diesel. Both have a five-speed manual gearbox, and the latter sits at 100g/km, putting it in the same BIK band as the petrol’s 115g/km. Economy is 72.4mpg for the diesel and 55.4mpg for the petrol. 

Dacia Logan Stepway 2017 - Image 6The Stepway is based on the high-spec Laureate trim, which means there’s rear parking sensors, sat-nav, USB and aux input, and Bluetooth.

But the biggest plus point, and the thing that has started earning Dacia some company car business among job-need fleets, is the huge boot space of 573 litres. 

To sit in and to drive, the Logan is clearly cheap rather than good value. The interior plastics are low-rent, the gearchange is lumpy and there’s more vibration and noise than more expensive cars offer. Other basic features include the irritation of the boot only opening with the key. 

But there is nothing else that can touch the Logan MCV for practicality at this price, although this Stepway version is cosmetic rather than adding add any off-road ability. 

 

paul barker

The verdict

Feels cheap, but is smart, has a cavernous boot and reasonable spec for a price you’d expect to pay for a used car.