Mileage: 2300 (5200 on previous Logan)
Over the last six months, we’ve been banging on and on repeatedly about what good value the Dacia Logan MCV is. We’d say we’ve proved, beyond all reasonable doubt, that our original hypothesis - that the Logan is the cheapest car that a family can get away with in the real world – is spot on, and that this alone gives it a very unique appeal for buyers on a budget.
Of course, cheap doesn’t necessarily mean good value, but in our book, the Dacia is both. The car costs just £10,300 in our favoured form, and for that, you get a car with a huge amount of family-friendly space and plenty of other stuff to like besides. And yes, while you do have to put up with a few ergonomic shortcomings and other rough edges, it’s nothing that you can’t easily put up with, and it’s well worth doing so for the price.
But just how low is that price? After all, we talk about the £10,300 price tag like it’s nothing, but in fairness, that’s still a lot more than your average family will be able to find down the back of the sofa. So, let’s look at it in context.PCP
(Personal Contact Purchase) finance is the most popular way of buying a new car these days, and if you look at the current deals
on Dacia’s website, our favourite version (the TCe 90 Essential) of the Logan costs just £129 per month on a four-year agreement (full representative example below). Divide that by a 31-day month, and you’re looking at a grand total of £4.16 per day.
That’s nothing. That’s two small coffees. That’s three-quarters of a pint of London-priced lager. That’s a Big Mac plus another 50p in your pocket. That’s all manner of other insignificant little things you wouldn’t think twice about as a daily outgoing. And yet, in the Logan’s case, that’s a large, practical family car with an enormous boot.
It’s no wonder then, that Dacia – for the second year in succession – has just been voted by Britain’s car buyers as the ‘Best Value Brand
’ in Auto Trader’s 2019 New Car Awards
. And on performances like this, we can’t see Dacia being toppled any time soon.
However, while our last six months with the Logan have consolidated our views about the value that the Logan represents, it’s also taught us a lot more than that about the car. It’s taught us that even when you forget how cheap the Logan is, and how much value you’re getting for your money, this is still a really likeable car in its own right. It’s an honest car. It’s a no-nonsense car. It’s a what-you-see-is-what-you-get car. And in an industry that’ll batter and barrage you with hard-sell marketing spin at every available opportunity, that’s really, really refreshing. It’s for this reason, and many others, that I’m going to be very sad to see it go.
PCP Representative Example:
Logan MCV TCe 90 Essential
Monthly Payment amount: £129.00
Number of monthly payments: 48
Duration of agreement: 49 months
Average miles per year: 6,000
Annual Interest rate: 6.90% fixed
Representative APR: 6.90%
Cash Price: £10,300
Deposit contribution: £250.00
Amount of credit: £8,059.00
Optional final payment: £3,466.00
Total amount payable: £11,899.00
Date of deal: 28/05/2019
*All figures correct at the time of publication