Dacia Logan 1.0 TCe Bi-Fuel Essential 5dr
- Price£ 10,370
Is there a looser, baggier, less precise driving experience on sale? Perhaps not, but that is absolutely beside the point. Buy a Logan to drive it hard and you’re a masochist of a level we can’t comprehend. More pertinent is that it rides smoothly enough and cruises quietly enough, certainly for its price point. Not having even a modicum of interest in driving it quickly will be of great benefit to the life and longevity of whatever you’ve stored in the back, too.
Not that it can really do ‘quickly’. The punchiest engine – that dinky 0.9-litre turbo – boasts an 11.1sec 0-62mph time, but the first time you pull away you’ll assume you’ve left the handbrake on. It’s a fun little engine in a tiny Renault Twingo, but it has its work cut out long before your Alsatian and/or mountain bike is smearing mud all over the boot carpet. Mind, it’s probably worth the outlay if you can afford it – the entry-level 1.0-litre hits 62mph in 15.5 seconds. Ikea will be closed if you don’t hurry…
Whether the Stepway is worth its extra £1,200 (and its almost £200 monthly PCP payment) depends if you’ve a farm track or suchlike to frequently negotiate. It brings an extra 50mm of ride height as well as a burlier, Kinder Egg toy SUV look, but that also means a higher load bay for getting bits into the back. And it’s not tall enough to be lording it over any Qashqais or Tiguans.
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