Dacia Logan celebrates 10th birthday

Dacia are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the launch of their popular Logan model.

Originally introduced in June 2004 under the codename “X90” and developed over the course of four years, the Dacia Logan became the breakout success for the brand following their takeover by Renault six years previously.

In fact, the Logan has become so successful that it became the company’s best-selling model since the Dacia 1300, which to date has sold nearly two million units.

Just a year after it was introduced on the Romanian auto market, the Logan arrived in Western Europe too and soon ended up being sold across the globe and under various guises such as the Renault Logan, Nissan Aprio, Mahindra Verito, Renault Tondar 90, Lada Largus, Nissan NP200 or Renault Symbol.

The Logan went through a facelift four years after its initial release, and in 2012, the Romanian-based automaker pulled the wraps off the second generation of the model during the Paris Motor Show. It has become one Dacia’s most popular models since Renault brought the brand to the UK back in 2013.

Available in three trim levels, the entry-level Access, Ambiance and top of the range Laureate model and built on the same platform as the company’s other best-seller, the Dacia Sandero, the Logan also shares the same front fascia as the Sandero and reinforces Dacia’s ethos of maximum bang for minimum buck.

The higher-level Ambiance version introduces some additional creature comforts including Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones, chrome featuring and alloy wheels, while the premium Laureate offers a seven-inch touchscreen multimedia system, leather steering wheel, cruise control and a chrome front grille.

The Logan features a comfortable ride, easy to use controls and unparalleled space for your money, with an extremely generous 573-litre boot, which expands to 1,518 litres when the rear seats are folded down, making it an ideal car for families of all sizes.

Suspension is soft and strong and comfortable, and the chassis sits visibly higher than most other compact cars to help it negotiate dirt roads and potholes on ill-maintained asphalt roads and steering is consistent, with a reassuring amount of grip, meaning that the Logan feels stable even while travelling at speed.

The newest iteration of the Logan is powered by a choice of three engines, a 0.9-litre I3 turbo, a 1.2-litre I4 as well as a 1.5-litre diesel variant, all of which are connected to a five-speed manual transmission.

Cheap motoring is the ethos of the Dacia brand, and the Logan isn’t expensive to insure and costs very little to run, with low CO2 emissions of 99g/km meaning a free tax disc and reduced bills for company car drivers.

The Dacia Logan is available from as much as £6,995 for the basic Access model, with the Ambiance costing an additional £600 while the Logan Laureate is available from £9,795.