I was expecting it as the cheapest electric in Europe. I drove her. I found out everything. Now I have come to tell you, briefly, the main impressions I was left with after this Dacia Spring test drive. For more details and spices, read Auto Expert magazine. Photo: Adrian Cobzașu
Sing the glory of the country, today is a holiday! That’s what the march of glory in Aida’s opera says. And how right he is! Tell me, with your hand on your heart, that two years ago you would have imagined that Dacia will produce the cheapest electric in Europe! I admit not.
I’m not boring you with technical details anymore, because you have them all here. Nor about the space and quality of manufacturing, because I’ve already told you here. Read with confidence, you will find out how it sits in the back, what the trunk is like, how well the panels are aligned, what materials it has… In fact, you will find EVERYTHING I was able to remove from Spring without driving it. But today I went with him. Here’s how I felt!
What real autonomy does it have?
Being the first official test, I had to follow the route developed by Dacia officials. This Dacia Spring test drive had only a negligible urban part, so I’m waiting for the extended test to build. But I can say that, outside the locality, consumption fluctuated as follows: at an eminently relaxed pace, with Eco mode switched on and air conditioning off, speed 50-70 km / h, Spring consumed 10.9 kWh (range 245 km), at a normal running 12 kWh / 100 km (223 km), at a fast running 13.3 kWh / 100 km (201 km), and maximum engine pull, with overtaking and on-off acceleration 15.9 kWh / 100 km ( 168 km autonomy).
How slow is it?
You will reluctantly raise your eyebrows when I tell you that it is not as slow as the 44 hp might make you believe. That is, in the city you will surely be happy, because up to 50 km / h is fast. On the long road I overtook road trains without problems, because Spring is accelerating. Not fast, but decent. Overall, you can go with it on the open road and you can overtake without overturning, as long as you have little road culture and do not throw yourself with your eyes closed on the opposite direction. Here’s a video with the car accelerating.
They say it goes at 125 km / h, but on the highway, I passed the 131 km / h column indicated on the board. That’s how much he caught my copy.
Test drive Dacia Spring: how is it on the road?
Surprisingly good! Surprising. I mean, don’t be afraid to turn around at corners. And this is wonderful, especially since the suspension is soft, so it filters the unevenness in the city well, the Linglong 165/70 R 14 tires look so narrow, the ground clearance measures 15.1 cm, and the steering is very assisted. To develop the subject of the direction a little, it is surprisingly well adjusted in the central point: permissive enough not to be scared at 131 km / h (ha!) And precise enough not to bypass the pits with short movements. Not at all vague, as I would have imagined. It’s just that the steering wheel is fixed (the steering column doesn’t adjust), the seat doesn’t adjust in height, so you’ll feel like our dads in the Dacia 1300, trying to find the correct (not ideal!) Position at the wheel.
How noisy is it?
E. In the city, you hear traffic and music from the other cars quite loudly. From 90 km / h you can hear the tires on the road, and the wind in the mirrors. If the wheels throw another stone into the passages, you can hear it clearly, with the sound of tin. But it compensates for the lack of engine noise at medium and high speeds. At low speeds, I would have preferred the artificial noise made by the engine to alert pedestrians to be heard less in the passenger compartment.
|Maximum power (HP)||44|
|Maximum torque (Nm)||125|
|L / l / h (mm)||3,734 / 1,622 / 1,516|
|Luggage compartment volume (l)||300|
|Empty mass (kg)||921|
|Acceleration 0-100 km / h (s)||nc|
|Battery capacity (kWh)||26.8|
|Top speed (km / h)||125|
|Mixed consumption (kWh / 100 km)||10.8|
|WLTP range (km)||225|
|Price (euro with VAT)||of the 16,800|