The family cars are very much important factor in the world of today. The low fuel mileage, lower maintenance cost, and lesser tax expenses are the major requirement in every market. Besides the basic necessities, there are plenty of other requirements as well, which include a smoother drivetrain, smart exterior designing, lighter structure and neat interior appointment. Well, with all these requirements, there a left behind a very few cars that qualify these calibers.
Here we have the Dacia Logan manufactured by the French and Romanian automakers. The Logan replaced the Dacia 1310 that stayed in the business for the whole tenure of the Cold War. For 35 good years, the 1300 series left a remarkable response on the market. Well, it was certainly hard to replace such a successful car. But Dacia did give it a try, and the Logan was introduced.
Soon after the Dacia 1300 series was put to an end, the Logan was introduced. It was 2004 when the Logan was introduced. Well, Logan was not something Dacia or its parent company, Renault, has designed. It was a car brought in from Russia, with Love. Well, this was called the Lada Largus in Russia. And it was rebadged as well as translated as Logan.
The market response was fine. But it was not good enough to keep this car steady. Soon it was gifted to the Indians and they rebadged it as Verito. Unfortunately, it could not even show a remarkable success in India.
Eight years after that, the second generation Logan was introduced. It was displayed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. And just after its introduction, the second generation was introduced in the market. Well, the present day Logan start from $11,400 and has 3 models.
|0.9 – 1.6 L||5 – speed manual|
4, 5 and 6 – speed automatic
|90 – 131 hp||100 – 168 lb – ft|
|0 – 62 MPH||Top Speed||Body Style||MPG|
|14.5 s||115 mph||Sedan|
|32 city/ 36 highway|
The Dacia Logan has been designed for a lower fuel consumption. Further, a moderate maintenance cost is its fate. And without any doubts, the Logan is capable of saving your money for the fuel expenses. Certainly, it is a car for an everyday ride, or more often an economy car.
The base engine itself is the recognizer that how much fuel the Dacia Logan would require to be driven the whole day long. The introductory model is available with the 0.9 L 3-cylinder gasoline engine. This model is capable of scoring 49 mpg as the combined fuel mileage.
In addition to that, the Logan is also available with the 1.0, 1.2 and 1.6 L gasoline engines. The 1.0 L is the same 3-cylinder engine, but with some additional power. While the 1.2 and the 1.6 L share some more power and better performance. But here the fuel mileage gets a leak.
Besides the gasoline, the Logan also comes with the flex-fuel options. The flex-fuel versions are available with the 1.0 L and 1.6 L engines. Both of these are the 4-cylinder engines and a better fueling option.
If you prefer the diesel drivetrain, then you can opt for the 1.5 L 4-cylinder diesel Logan. Certainly, this would not give you too much of exhilarating performance response. But would help you save some budget on fuel.
The 3-cylinder options are available with the 5-speed manual transmission. While the upper versions get the option for 4, 5 and 6-speed automatic cum manual transmission. As with a lot of urban riders, the Logan also suffers from its automatic transmission. And we would still say that the manual gearbox would be better than the automatic one.
The Logan is available as the Sedan and the Station Wagon. The British prefer the Logan MCV station wagon. While the Romanians love the Sedan. The design is just static as the standard cars. There is nothing fancy available in it. You get the halogen lamps, roof rails for the station wagon, steel wheels and alloy wheels as optional. The fog lights, body colored bumpers and side mirrors and multiple colors choices are only available with the upper trim levels.
Further, the exterior designing for both the station wagon and the sedan is almost the same. The only difference is the rear.
The interior appointment is just fine. It is not much fascinating. Instead, the interior ingredients are cheap and certainly inexpensive. The cloth seats, fiber accent and trim and lack of convenience spots are some major interior features.
Ahead of that, the spacing is fine in the front row. While the station wagon offers a decent allocation for the rear seating. But the sedans are bit miser. The trunk offers subtle space for the cargo, good enough to carry the groceries.
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The Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto are certainly not available for Dacia Logan. But it does carry a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with some multimedia options. Well, you would not get it with the base model. But the upper trim levels come equipped with this system. Further, the finest trim even gets the navigation.
Besides, this system offers the telephony, mobile phone connectivity and charging pods for your mobile.
Besides too many catches, the Dacia Logan offers a decent amount of safety equipment. In a way, this is a safe city car. Well, it has good enough airbags and adjustable seatbelts. Further, it gets a handful of options for the active safety and driving assistance. Like it has rear view camera for parking, hill start assists, ABS, tire pressure monitoring system, cruise control and emergency brake assist.
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When it comes to the other options, you would certainly admire the Skoda Octavia. It is a similar car but has some better traits. But the overall comparison of both the cars is same. Certainly, these are the economy cars.
The Dacia Logan is fine enough if you need something to drive. Something good enough to save your fuel. And tamed enough to let you spend less money on maintenance.