Sitting on the showroom floor at the Harare Renault dealership is the Renault Logan. It’s known as the Dacia Logan in some territories, has made a name for itself as an affordable alternative for those looking for a subcompact car. A 4-door sedan that has seating for up to 5 people, it uses a simple yet effective formula to stand out in a segment that is fast becoming competitive. The current Renault Logan is set to become one of the most popular rides in Zimbabwe, and that is for good reasons. Its perfect for a small family or as part of your fleet as its nippy and efficient.
The current model now features redesigned bumper and grille. On the looks department, for a budget tier car, it’s not shabby at all. The dashboard of the updated Logan, now houses a larger infotainment system that comes with navigation functions. There are more than enough amenities in the interior that should make all passengers feel at home, and its trunk space is above average for a car of its size.
The engine used in the Renault Logan is a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 110 horsepower and 148 Nm of torque. While there are no diesel engine options available, this vehicle still provides excellent fuel efficiency and torque. An automatic transmission is also available which delivers smooth power and is suitable for city driving.
It is more than capable of pulling off pleasant surprises. Surprisingly loaded for such a low-priced car, it is one of the better buys in the subcompact car segment. It comes as no surprise that it’s one of the highest-rated new cars in today. Logan is a great car in terms of reliability. The “newcomer” offers luxury appointments such as colour-coded bumpers, foglights, electric windows, remote central locking, power steering, aircon, ABS with EBD and a driver’s side airbag.
As soon as one enters the cabin, the decidedly vertical dashboard – complete with oversized rectangular switches and black knobs – dominates the view. The imitation wood trim is a trifle passé, but I guess it’s better than el cheapo “aluminium-look” plastic. And as for the beige-coloured interior trim, it has to be a neat freak’s worst nightmare – the Logan is aimed at small families.
The general fit and finish is reasonable at the Logan’s price and there is ample head- and shoulder- room (courtesy of the wide track and high roof), and 510 dm3 boot capacity. The steering and gearchange actions are positive, the 1,6-litre engine reasonably torquey and stopping power is spot on. In summary the running costs are low thanks to the vehicle’s tried and trusted mechanicals and reasonably simple configuration. It offers great value indeed.
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