More than fifteen years after the Logan, the Romanian manufacturer (owned by the Renault group) is redoing the new car for the price of a used model, this time riding the wave of electrics. With less flamboyance, because the EV (electric vehicle) market, which is in the process of moving from niche to “perceptible” on the world stage, is still settling down.
But it should be recognized that the progression is faster than expected, with the almost daily announcements of the biggest manufacturers which indicate, one by one, to abandon the thermal engines. It is also with models like the Spring that the electric car could be democratized, whereas the Logan, in 2004, arrived to satisfy a clientele who hesitated between new and second-hand for budget reasons, and not by adherence to a new technology, which always has its limits.
Little chance, therefore, of seeing electric Dacia clubs set up, nor giant picnics organized by the Romanian firm to bring together its customers focused on the “essential” car. Especially with the Spring, city dwellers will not take the field: 44 hp, nearly 20 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km / h, in other words a danger on the national road, and 230 km of autonomy, a figure to be divided by two for those who venture on the motorway.
Affordable price, of course …
We are still far from the € 7,500 of the Logan, remember this car at “50,000 francs” in the shape of a shoebox without power steering or electric windows, successfully launched in 2004 (nearly 3 million copies produced). since). Priced at more than twice the price (€ 16,990), the Spring is also half as spacious and remains confined to the city.
On the other hand, it benefits from decent equipment and displays real qualities of a city car: measured length (3.73 m, or 11 cm more than a Renault Twingo), sufficient trunk thanks to its crossover-type body, and driving made pleasant in an urban environment by its raised bodywork. Still, at € 12,403 bonus deducted, we can find good recent opportunities, able to escape the city thanks to greater versatility and better performance.
Even if it will – a little – revolutionize the approach to the electric car, the Spring will above all allow Dacia to reach sectors where it was absent: communities and businesses. Moreover, the Spring remains confined to the role of second car, with a low range and a finish reminiscent of the last century. It is nevertheless delivered as standard with manual air conditioning, a Bluetooth radio, a USB socket and a type 2 charging cable.
For € 1,500 more, or € 18,490 (€ 13,498 bonus deducted), the endowment is enhanced by a 7-inch touch screen with reversing camera and parking radar, metallic paint and the wheel. relief. That’s more than € 4,000 less than an electric Twingo, more comfortable on the road and more flattering to the eye, but ultimately not better equipped and even less good in terms of range (190 km). The price of the Spring is therefore its strength.
A price that should be placed in the world of the electric car, much more expensive than thermal and today supported by significant tax measures. If you are attracted by this type of vehicle, however, it would be better to offer you a “high-end” Spring, for the convenience of use, but also for the resale value, which today remains nebulous in view of the number. constantly evolving players.
Thanks WHO ?
To achieve a low-cost electric car, Dacia dug into the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance body bank. No part has been the subject of a dedicated development, everything has been taken off the shelf.
Of course, its design is its own, but the Spring is not quite a new model… In fact, Dacia benefits from Renault’s industrial establishment in China, where it produces the same car under the name Renault City. K-ZE since 2019. The Spring is therefore also built in China, by the company eGT New Energy, a joint venture formed in 2017 by the Alliance and its local partner Dong Feng.
If Dacia offers its models under its own name in Europe, everywhere else they are Renault badged. Note that on the sidelines of its polluter side, China ranks first among consumers of electrified vehicles (half of world production, or about two million out of four).
Price: from € 12,403, bonus of 27% of the invoiced price (€ 16,990) deducted
Dimensions (L. x l. x H.) : 3,73 x 1,58 x 1,52 m
Wheelbase: 2.42 m
Power: 44 hp and 125 Nm of torque
Performance: 0 to 100 km / h in 19”1, 125 km / h peak
Motor: electric, on the front wheels
Range: 230 km, 305 km in town
Recharging time: from 4:51 (wall box) to 13:32 (standard socket)
Battery: 27.2 kWh
Warranty: car, 3 years or 100,000 km; battery 8 years or 120,000 km