Dacia has made a fair splash in the Irish market in a relatively short period of time with more and more of their cars appearing on the roads.
So it was much anticipation that we took hold of a Dacia Logan MCV from Cleary Motors, Loughtagalla, Thurles to check out what all the fuss about.
This 898cc petrol engine vehicle had surprisingly plenty of power under the bonnet - OK , so you won’t do 0-90 in five seconds, but then would you really want to?
The big thing this vehicle has going for it - apart of course from the ridiculously low price of 14,890 Euro - is the huge sense of space in all sections. It has a massive boot, as you would expect from an estate type car, great leg room in the back and plenty of space for the driver and front passanger.
It is a no frills vehicle and yet it has all that you could possibly want from a car. It proved to be very solid and secure on the road, had an easy to manage manual transmission and gave a variety of options in terms of vehicle layout - let down the back seat and you have a van type format capable of hauling as much as a small van.
So, the Logan is economical, flexible and easy to manage - three good points for starters. It is reasonable to purchase and commands road tax of just 200 Euro. And, if you want a vehicle that can range from a family car, to a commercial vehicle, to the sporty type’s wagon at weekends, then you are looking in the right place with the Dacia Logan.
The big question when it comes to Dacia- and this applies to all it’s models - will be re-sale value when the time comes to trade-in in a few years time. The Duster, Sandero, Stepaway and Logan will all do exactly what they boast and at a reasonable price, but will they hold up when the years pass?
The thing is, the starting price is so low that even allowing for a greater depreciation than normal, and there is nothing to suggest that this will happen, the customer will still be a winner in our opinion. Remeber, the same kind of comments were being made about Hyundai, Skoda and Kia when they entered the Irish market and they now command a fair slice of the motoring cake.
“There has been great interest in the Dacia range and we are selling quite a few of the cars. People love them and are impressed by what they can do at such reasonable prices,” Pat Cleary told us this week.