Best Family Car, Dacia Jogger is a car that jointly produced and marketed by the French manufacturer Renault and its Romanian subsidiary Dacia.
Its nameplate was released in August 2021 as the successor to the Logan MCV and Lodgy in the compact MPV market segment. Based on the third-generation Logan, it will be offered with five and seven seats.
Body and chassis
Decia Logan III
Dacia Sandero is third
1.0 L H4Dt TCe 100 I3 12V Turbo
1.0 L H5Dt TCe 110 I3 12V Turbo
1.0 L H4Dt ECO-G 100 I3 12V Turbo
2,897 mm (114.1 in)
4,547 mm (179.0 in)
1,784 mm (70.2 in)
1,632 mm (64.3 in)
Dacia Logan MCV
Dacia Dokker (passenger version)
In 2023, a hybrid version will be offered, the first Dacia-branded vehicle to feature a hybrid drivetrain. Although the car has some “crossover” design, it is not intended to be used as an SUV
In June 2022, less than a year after its commercial launch, the Jogger received a slight update, revealing the brand’s new logo, as did the entire Dacia range.
The grille has been slightly modified. The steering wheel has been updated with a new logo and all other badges have been replaced Trim levels have been revised and a new Lichen Khaki color has been introduced.
The new Dacia Jogger is a great car, with no rival coming close to its level of versatility at this price point
Overall Auto Express rating
5.0 out of 5
It’s no surprise that the Dacia Jogger is great value for money, but consider the amazing versatility it offers at such a low price and no other new car even comes close.
Whether you choose to use it as a full seven-seater or fold down the rear seats to turn it into a massive estate car, it does a great job of fulfilling both roles.
It may be basic, but it’s decent enough to run. Carmakers have stuck to the tried-and-tested family-car formula for years.
When a car tries to be many things, it often fails to master any of the various briefs assigned to it, instead sitting awkwardly between several categories without nailing any of them.
In this case, though, the Jogger has really achieved what it set out to achieve – and managed to do so at a pretty staggering price.
So let’s start with the basics. Under the skin, the Jogger derives from the same CMF-B architecture as Dacia’s Sandero supermini – and therefore our favorite small car, the Renault Clio.
It shares a similar stubby bonnet with the Sandero and under it is a variation of that car’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine. Here it produces 108bhp and 200Nm of torque.
From behind the bonnet, things start to look a little strange. While there’s some chunky plastic cladding and a reasonable amount of ground clearance to tick the SUV boxes, looks are mainly there to maximize this car’s trump card: practicality.
The CMF-B platform has been extended by 459mm over the Sandero’s to create a vehicle that measures 4,547mm in length. But Jogger is still not bed.
In fact, this means it takes up only slightly more space on the road than a Honda Civic.
Look at the car in profile and you’ll notice a pretty pronounced step in the roofline on the B-pillar – 40mm, to be precise. This combines with a near-vertical drop off at the rear end to maximize a truly modest footprint to benefit cabin space.
As a result there are seven Jaga seats. And we’re not talking about two parents in the front and five little ones further back.
There is enough space for adults in all three rows. The middle row offers the same knee room as the Volkswagen Golf, but considerably more legroom and headroom.
There’s also a really comfortable center seat, so it’s comfortable enough for three.
Pull a little loop on the top of the back seat and fold the seat forward to give access to the back row.
It’s a touch tighter for head and knee room than in the middle, but it’s still more comfortable there than significantly larger seven-seaters like the Skoda Kodiaq and Land Rover Discovery Sport.
This seating arrangement still has a modest 212-litre boot.
No need to sit for seven? Fold them down and there’s a massive 699-litre boot They can even be removed completely – at 10kg each, they’re not too heavy – and you’ll have more space.
Once you’ve exhausted all that storage space – plus the 23 liter interior cubby, it’s time to maximize the outdoor storage potential.
The Jogger is available with a modular roof rack; Using an Allen key supplied with the vehicle, the bars can be unscrewed and rearranged to form a stronger cross brace, which is 80K
As for driving, it’s not really bad considering its purpose. At just 1,200kg, it’s very light by seven-seater standards, so it feels pretty nippy.
The suspension is soft, so there’s a decent amount of roll through corners, but the ride is significantly better than any van-based MPV.
It is fairly comfortable on a cruise. The peace on a motorway is only disturbed by the quite pronounced wind noise from around the door mirrors.
Likewise, that engine delivers powerful performance. Admittedly, it’ll take a hit when loaded with seven people, but a useful dose of low-down torque means it’ll get up to motorway speeds just fine, even fully loaded.
A hybrid model is due next year, which will not only cater for those who want more power (it’ll offer 138bhp) but we can also improve on the 44mpg we manage on this 1.0-litre petrol – especially in town driving.
There are a few minor drawbacks to Jogger’s versatility. For the seven-seater, it would have been better to have more than just two Isofix points.
Even one in the front passenger seat would give parents more child seat options – and the infotainment screen has to be manually dimmed at night via a setting.
But then you remember that this is a Dacia, take a look at the price list and those small negatives can be easily forgiven.
The Jogger starts from £14,995 in base Essential trim, which includes air conditioning, rear parking sensors, cruise control and auto headlights as standard.
It’s based on a PCP finance agreement and is possible to put £196 up front and pay £196 per month for four years.
If you can budget £16,595 (or £215 per month, with a £215 deposit, on the same PCP terms) we’d recommend the Comfort.
It adds modular roof bars, a touch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, front parking sensors, a reverse camera and a few other extras.
The top-of-the-line Extreme SE shown here has alloy wheels, heated front seats and a built-in navigation system that’s not as good as the one built into your smartphone anyway.
So while it’s still not exactly expensive, £225 deposit/month With loss, we’ll hold on to those 49 tenors.
It’s impossible to find another new car for seven seats anywhere near that price. Even doubling the price of essentials still complicates it. A SEAT Tarraco, which is more powerful and posher inside, costs from £30,785. Even a (five-seat) estate car with as much space as a Skoda Octavia will set you back at least £23,250.
Model: Dacia Jogger Extreme SE Tce 110 Price: £17,395 Engine: 1.0-litre 3cyl petrol Turbo Power: 108bhp/200Nm Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive 0-62mph: 1k/1mpg 1 Op. 1. 1 m.p. 1 Op. Sale: Now
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