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Dacia Logan MCV - Britain's Cheapest Estate Car

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Dacia is a brand that's becoming hard to ignore. With a range of ultra-budget cars surging into the UK market, it is fast turning into the Primark of the auto industry. Not only is its much awaited small hatchback, the Sandero, Britain's cheapest car, the Logan MCV will be taking up its crown of Britain's cheapest estate car from July this year.

Just so nobody is under any illusions, we are talking £6,995. Believe it or not, for just under £7,000 new, you can get a perfectly competent, large vehicle, that's not even ugly. The major manufacturers should be quaking in their boots but, fortunately for them, British consumers have a strong tradition of brand snobbery that should keep the bigger names safe for a while.

That said, it wouldn't do for the like of Ford and VW to get complacent. The Logan MCV shares a chassis with the aforementioned Sandero, along with that car's gearboxes and engines. These would be an entry-level 1.2 litre petrol unit with 74bhp, a perky 0.9 litre unit for 89bhp and a 1.5 litre diesel for 89bhp and a very desirable 74.3mpg. This same unit produces CO2 emissions of 99g/kg, giving it that oh-so-precious tax exempt status.

Again, following the Sandero's pattern, you get trim levels badged Access, without a stereo (but pre-wiring is there if you wish to DIY it) and with colour coded bumpers, 15" steel wheels, traction control and 60/40 split fold back seats. So far, so basic.

For another £600 you get the Ambiance trim, with a stereo, Bluetooth connectivity, electric front windows, remote control central locking, chrome-detailed fascia and black roof bars. The range-topper is known as the Laureate and, at last, you get some decent kit, such as air conditioning, cruise control, electric mirrors and windows all round, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a chromed grille and front foglamps. You can tart up these standard models with a couple of optional accessory packs if you feel the need (and it's likely you will).

On the plus side, the boot holds a useful 573 litres and the rear seats can be folded down to make 1518 litres – and that's the point of this car. It's all about basic, unsophisticated but robust practicality. It allows economy buyers to get a reliable, spacious new family car, at a price that previously would only have bought used.

Dacia's three-year warranty and roadside assistance package is an extra incentive for buyers, who can start placing orders now ready for delivery by July.

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