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Rachel Riley appears at CV Show with Dacia’s first Duster VAN

Dacia and Rachel RileyDacia has launched its first factory-built Duster van at the CV Show 2015 in Birmingham – with the help of Countdown’s Rachel Riley.

Prices for the Duster Commercial range start from £9,595 plus VAT, and Dacia boasts it offers up to 1,150 litres of load space with a 550kg payload.

There’s even a 4×4 version alongside the standard front-wheel drive model; both will use Renault’s trusty 110hp 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel engine which combines up to 56.5mpg fuel economy in front-wheel drive guise, with 0-62mph in 12.2 seconds.

Even the 4×4 version averages over 54mpg though, and Dacia reckons this one’s set to draw landscape gardeners, farmers, ground maintenance staff plus forestry, power and communications companies.

Riley’s presence on Dacia’s NEC van show stand will undoubtedly help rouse interest in the new Dacia van too – she’s on hand to interactively demonstrate the new Duster Commercial’s competitive value in crowd-drawing fashion. Clever Dacia.

Dacia Duster Commercial

Andy Heiron, Dacia brand manager, said: “With the Dacia brand now established as part of the UK motoring landscape following two very successful years of growth, we now feel the time is right to launch a Duster product in the commercial vehicle sector.

“Having previously considered local adaptations, the shift of production location to Europe gave us the opportunity to have an N1-homologated product direct from the factory.”

It won’t even be sold in paired-back base trim: model choices are either Ambiance or Laureate, with all offering electric windows, Bluetooth, USB socket, stability control and fancy chrome interior highlights. The cargo deck is fully lined with tough plastic, and is nearly 1.4 metres long and more than a metre wide.

Dacia Duster Commercial

Tradesmen will ideally want to get the Laureate though: this adds air con, cruise control with speed limiter, electric door mirrors and fancy piano black interior detailing that a builder will turn matt in no time at all.

The Duster Commercial will arrive in dealers later this year, to provide an interesting new competitor in the car-derived vans market that already account for 30 per cent of Britain’s booming light commercial vehicle sector.

Dacia Duster Commercial van – prices

ModelPrice*
Commercial Ambiance dCi 110 4×2£9,595 + VAT
Commercial Ambiance dCi 110 4×4£11,295 + VAT
Commercial Lauréate dCi 110 4×2£10,845 + VAT
Commercial Lauréate dCi 110 4×4£12,545 + VAT

*excludes VED (£0 for 4×2, £130 for 4×4), First Registration Fee (£55) and delivery (£595)

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Dacia Logan MCV: 1518 litres for £6995

… DACIA TO SELL A SUPERMINI ESTATE THAT IS ALMOST AS BIG AS A VOLVO ESTATE…

Dacia has revealed the UK’s most affordable estate car will cost from £6995 when it is launched in July – giving it an unbeatable space-to-price ratio.

The new Logan MCV boasts a 573-litre boot with the seats up: that’s virtually as large as a Volvo V70. Yet it also costs less than a VW Up – and three and a half times less than the cheapest Volvo V70.

Hence the name: MCV – or, Maximum Capacity Vehicle…

Seats down, space extends to 1518 litres. The opening is more than a metre wide too, with 787mm from base to roofline. It should be practical enough then – even if the base engine might not have the guts to quite cope with it.

The £6995 Dacia Logan MCV

The £6995 tag buys you a 1.2-litre 75hp engine that will be familiar to drivers of the outgoing Renault Clio. It’s hardly the fastest thing in the world and claimed economy of 48.7mpg is likely to be a high water mark, given how you may have to drive it.

Much better is the 0.9-litre TCe 90 three-cylinder petrol, a delight of an engine that has the added bonus of turbocharged torque, too. Just one problem – that starts at £8395, rather than £6995. But it does average 56.5mpg and, with CO2 emissions of 116g/km, also comes in under the new 130g/km CO2 company car writing down allowance barrier.

The 135g/km entry car doesn’t.

Or there’s a 90hp 1.5-litre dCi diesel, with much more torque still, and 74.3mpg fuel economy (along with free road tax courtesy of 99g/km CO2 emissions). That starts at £9395.

The trim lines of the Dacia Logan MCV

Dacia offers three trim lines with the Logan MCV, in line with other models: Access, Ambiance and Laureate. Only the meek 1.2-litre engine comes in Access trim, and it’s pretty basic: no stereo, no wheel trims, no electric windows (it does have body-colour bumpers though, unlike the £5995 Sandero Access).

Ambiance adds all this plus Bluetooth, remove central locking and posher interior trim. Impressively, Laureate trim (costing from £8995 with that 1.2-litre motor) is expected to sell best: it adds air con, electric door mirrors, cruise control and alloys.

You can even get sat nav on the Laureate, for just £250.

Dacia Logan MCV: the deal

Keen to bag the UK’s cheapest estate? Get in fast, then: although test drives don’t start until July, orders can be placed from today – and with a lead time of a couple of months, you should act fast if you’re to steal a march on other buyers.

It’s Sandero-based so won’t set the world alight in how it drives, but will still be perfectly passable for the undemanding. And really, driving dynamics won’t be top of your list if you’re shopping for a cheap estate: space and price will be…

… and there really is no other new car on sale in the UK that can match the price-busting new Dacia Logan MCV. /By Richard Aucock