Dacia Spring: first impressions in electric

We decided to post feedback from a Dacia Spring owner because it is currently the cheapest electric vehicle on the market. The Citroën Ami is even cheaper, but it’s a UFO in the new mobility space. A must, this feedback will allow you to travel to Spain!

Last night I decided to take a ride on a Dacia Spring. Here in Madrid, the car-sharing service Zity is starting to roll them out and they are gradually joining the Renault Zoé fleet on the streets. I’ve been very interested in Primavera for some time now, as it seems perfect for an urban/passenger car, and in Spain, with government incentives, it costs around 10,000 euros.

I had to take a 40km trip between central Madrid and one of the suburbs to pick up a friend. It was about 60% city and 40% highway.

I’ll start by saying yes, I know it’s a cheaper car. I didn’t expect the same quality I would get from EVs that are two or three times as expensive, but I’ve driven Dacias before (Sandero, Logan), so I know what to expect from the brand. However, it was practically a new car. The one I drove had 130 km on the clock.

benefits

  • I found the panel well defined and easy to understand. You can toggle different stats on the dashboard to show odometer, current KW usage, etc. Personally, I like to see how much Kw I’m using versus just an arbitrary echo/power meter. Also, Android Auto ran smoothly.
  • The interior is easy to understand and everything is very intuitive. The objects are more or less where I expected them to be.
  • Considering it’s such a light vehicle, the energy consumption was lower than I expected. I’m used to driving electric vehicles and I try to save energy when it’s safe and reasonable.
  • The power. When I read that the engine produced only 33 kW I was a little skeptical, but for the size and weight it’s fine. It’s especially agile when you’re moving and stepping on the gas. He leaps forward. When stopped, it’s a little more controlled.
  • Personally, I found the size and appearance to be adorable. I loved the look and feel and the interior is quite spacious for such a small car (at least for the front seats; I haven’t tried the rear seats).

faults, breakdowns

  • The direction. Even on city streets, I felt like I was suggesting that the car turn over. I know the electric steering might be dormant, but this was a new level. On the road, I reached 110 km/h and, frankly, I didn’t want to go any faster. Between the narrow tires and the unreliable steering, I got a little tighter in the corners of the road. My car’s alignment was fine, and as it’s brand new, the suspension shouldn’t be too worn out yet.
  • The position of the seat and steering wheel was not ideal and unfortunately the seat can only be moved forwards or backwards. I would have liked to lower the seat a little (I’m 178cm) and possibly tilt the steering wheel, because the latter somewhat blocked my view of the top of the gauges.
  • The Suspensions. Over the bumps, the car felt quite springy (no pun intended) due to its weight. It has more travel than I expected, and with the weight concentrated on the battery in the rear, the front one liked to lift a lot. Lots of body roll, especially at highway speeds.

Other elements to better understand Dacia Spring

I can’t find any information on whether or not there is thermal management for the battery. It’s hot here in Madrid, and without cooling (even a fan) I don’t see the battery last long, especially since the Spring can be equipped with a DCFC. However, I can’t really find any information about it at the moment.

Again, I realize this is a less expensive vehicle and shouldn’t be luxurious. would i buy one? I don’t know. Certainly not as a long-term vehicle, but I might consider renting one for a while.

I didn’t see much information in terms of unofficial comments or opinions, so I decided to add my two cents. I’m curious to know what other people think about it.

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