Logan Privilege 1.6 16VMonday, March 10, 2014
Space is abundant in this Renault
I drove the Privilege 1.6 litre 16V Renault Logan. From the moment that I made first contact with it, I felt I was driving a completely different car compared to the Logan’s previous version.
Regarding the external dimensions, this model has a total length of 4,349mm and a height of 1,529mm, making it the largest vehicle in the segment. Its trunk has preserved the primitive virtues of the Logan: one of the largest capacities in the segment, with 510dm3. And now, additionally, the loading space can be expanded by folding the back row of seats.
Aesthetically, the exterior has incorporated curved lines, more rounded surfaces and chrome features that enhance its figure. The most noticeable changes are found in the front, however, with Renault’s current style fully implemented. A large diamond is the chief protagonist of a grill that is framed in black and chrome tones. The hood is quite short, including double optical headlights with chrome-lined anti-fog and renovated bumpers.
On the sides, air vents have been placed on the rear windows, although the surfaces remain clean and traditional, with only one line marking the body in the lower area. The door handles have the same colour as the body, while the side mirrors have turning signal lights.
In the rear, style has been modified, but the Logan’s essence has been preserved. The rear window has inclined, while the taillights have taken on a squarer shape, moving on from the previous version’s triangular ones.
Inside, all features combine aluminium, chrome and black, bright plastic tones. There is overall improvement aesthetically. Air conditioning is organized in an interesting design of circular commands that operate intuitively, but above them, a Media Nav touch screen, relaying images of maps and directions from the GPS system, steals the spotlight.
The driving seat is comfortable and can be adjusted in height to reach the perfect driving position, although the steering wheel is only adjustable in height. Cruise control commands are ergonomically found on the wheel, along with those to control the audio system.
The version I tested is equipped with a 1598 cm3 petrol engine that delivers 105 HP at 5750 rpm and a torque of 14.8 kgm at 3,750 rpm. The engine has a double overhead camshaft head, inline four-cylinders and 16-valves, and is paired with a manual five-speed gearbox. Its top speed is 175 kmph, which is reached in fifth gear at 5,150 rpm. I accelerated from zero to 100 kmph in 11.70 seconds. In terms of consumption, at 100 kmph , the car required 6.5 litres to travel 100 kilometres. At 120 kmph, consumption rose to 7.8 litres for the same distance. At 130 kmph, the maximum speed allowed on Argentine highways, the rate moved up to 8.5 litres. Moreover, in the city, the vehicle used up 9.8 litres per 100 kilometres.
The new Logan has dual airbags and ABS in all of its versions. In addition, improvements in vehicle suspension include an increased stabilizer bar, which enables greater speed when taking corners.
Due to sales volume and market sector targeting, the new Renault Logan is undoubtedly one of the most important vehicles in the new B segment. It is a car aimed at families, fleets, travellers and taxi drivers. People highly appreciate its interior space, and now also its design and equipment.