After it was brought by Renault, Dacia’s destiny has finally started to have a bright future. The first model launched under Renault’s ownership was the Logan.
With a small price tag and cheap costs of ownership, Dacia’s new budget car is sold in good numbers on the emergent markets. After seeing how surprisingly successful was the Logan sedan, Renault decided to extended the range and also came with an MPV, a Van and even a Pick-up version of its model.
The Dacia Logan Pick-up was launched in 2008 and was basically a Logan sedan with the rear end chopped off. The Logan Pick-up has a maximum payload capacity of 800 kg and its engines lineup includes two diesels and one petrol unit.
Overall, the vehicle features a pretty clean design language and viewed from the front, it looks identical with its sedan sibling. We like the “V” shaped grille, as it gives the vehicle a touch of dynamism which is also enhanced by the sharp headlights.
The front black plastic bumper has a pretty rudimentary design, but we like the circular fog lamps as they gel well with the central trapezoidal air intake.
The bonnet is slightly sloped to offer a good front road visibility, while the lateral windows and the windscreen are pretty big as well.
Along the sides you’ll find a set of rubber mouldings to protect the body from small scratches in parking lots. The load bed’s edge is also protected by a line of rubber, and the metallic panels have received a special anticorrosive treatment. The load bed measures 1.80 meters long and has a payload capacity of 800 kg. The rear gate can be opened to a 90 degree angle and can support a maximum weight of 300 kg when opened.
Compared to the Logan sedan, the Pick-up gets a higher ground clearance and tweaked suspensions which help it deal better with heavy weights.
Climb inside and you’ll be welcomed by a roomy cabin which is identical with the Logan Sedan. As we are talking about a budget car, perhaps it goes without saying that you are surrounded by rock hard plastics and cheap materials. A close inspection will also reveal that some fittings needed more attention and the build quality isn’t exactly first class.
The good part is that you won’t need to worry about getting your cab dirty, as the most of the materials seem easy to clean.
The dashboard has a simple layout which is pretty practical with every control placed fairly intuitive. The overall ergonomy is well sorted, but we find the HVAC controls a bit too low, being hard to reach while driving.
You won’t need to worry about storage places as the cab is full of them. The glove box is fairly big, as well as the door pockets and we also like the pair of convenient cup holders located in front of the gear knob. Moreover, there is a huge stowage area behind the seats which can be used to store bigger items.
The steering wheel is pretty rudimentary, but feels comfortable to hold and it’s not intrusive.
Drivers will be happy to know that the all-around visibility is nothing short of excellent, but the seats offer only basic support and are available with limited adjustments.
Engines and performance
The Dacia Logan Pick-up is offered with a choice of two diesels and one petrol unit, all coming from Renault.
The 1.6 MPI petrol unit delivers a maximum power of 90 hp at 5500 rpm and a peak torque of 128 Nm achieved at 3000 rpm. The engine is mated on a five speed manual gearbox with the first three gears shorter than the rest to offer superior towing abilities. The 1.6 MPI returns a combined fuel consumption of 8.1 liters per 100 km.
The second engine option was a 1.5 dCi diesel engine and comes with an advanced common rail direct injection system which offers low fuel consumption. The engine develops 70 hp with a peak torque of 160 Nm achieved at 1700 rpm. The company says that 85 % of the torque is available between 1,500 and 3,500rpm. There is also a stronger version of the same 1.5 liter dCi unit which delivers a maximum power of 85 hp. According to Renault, the 85 hp engine delivers a combined fuel consumption of 5.2 liter per 100 km.
As it was expected neither of these engines will impress you with its performances, but they are well suited for utilitarian jobs.
Ride and handling
The Dacia Logan Pick-up has a pretty stiff ride, as it was designed especially for heavy load transport. The front suspension uses the MacPherson layout featured on Renault Clio II, with wishbone arm and non-damped cradle. The reinforced rear suspension uses a programmed deflection H-type torsion beam, plus coil springs and extended-travel vertical dampers. There`s also a front antiroll bar as standard.
The handling isn’t great, but the body roll is well kept in check, thanks to the stiff suspension setup. Unfortunately, the steering is more on the light side of things and won’t give any sort of road feedback.
The stopping power is reasonable and the brake pedal has a healthy feel. Passive safety systems on Dacia Logan Pick-up include a driver`s airbag as standard, plus a passenger`s airbag on option.
The Dacia Logan Pick-up is a rugged workhorse which puts utility on the first place. The load bed is pretty big and practical and the 800 kg payload is at par with what you’d usually get in this segment.
The cabin is far from being luxurious, but it offers all the basic equipment needed to help you get your job done. There are three engines to choose from and all of them are well suited for utilitarian jobs. Though, the petrol unit could’ve been more efficient.
The ride and handling aren’t something to rave about, but we aren’t talking about sports cars here, so we won’t complain too much about this aspect.
However, the best parts are the small price tag and the low costs of ownership, the Logan Pick-up being one of the cheapest pickups that you’ll find around.