Pre-orders open for the new Dacia Jogger ahead of 2022 deliveries, and low prices make it Britain’s cheapest seven-seater
Dacia has opened pre-orders and detailed pricing for the Jogger, confirming that the new model is Britain’s cheapest seven-seater. Prices for the MPV-cum-SUV start from just £14,995, which is more than £2,000 cheaper than an entry-level Ford Fiesta.
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The Jogger has a clear lifestyle focus, with 200mm of ground clearance and SUV-inspired styling, which is matched by plenty of practicality. At just over 4.5 metres it’s the longest Dacia model in the line-up and, as with all forthcoming Dacia models, is based on the brand’s CMF-B platform.
Dacia Jogger: interior and practicality
The 2.9-metre wheelbase (around 30cm longer than the Sandero supermini) allows for up to seven seats, although the Jogger will also be available in five-seat form; we explored how much space was on offer in the third row of the seven-seat model at the car’s unveiling and can report that adults will be fine in the rearmost seats.
Space in the middle row is similar, and although the 60:40 split bench doesn’t slide due to cost and complexity reasons, the seat bases do flip forwards improving access to the back. It’s a practical machine with good headroom too, helped by a 40mm step up in roof height between the front and the rear of the passenger compartment.
Other touches that improve usability include folding picnic tables on the front seatbacks that slide up to 70mm, as well as integrated roof bars with removable sections that can be turned through 90 degrees, taking a roof load of up to 80kg.
Boot space stands at 213 litres with all seven seats in place, rising to 712 litres in five-seat mode, with a maximum carrying capacity of 1,819 litres available by removing the rearmost seats (an easy job, as we found, with each third-row chair only weighing 10kg), and folding the second row down.
The Jogger offers up to 24 litres of storage space spread across the glovebox, door bins (each holds a one-litre bottle) and a central lidded cubby, with six cupholders also on offer.
Dacia Jogger: engines and powertrains
Dacia’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit will be the only engine from launch. It offers 108bhp and 200Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
Bigger news is that the Jogger will become Dacia’s first hybrid model in 2023, with the car using the same 1.6-litre petrol engine, dual-electric motor and 1.2kWh battery set-up as sister brand Renault’s Clio supermini. Dacia claims that the Jogger Hybrid will spend up to 80 per cent of its time on electricity in urban conditions.
Dacia Jogger: trim levels and design
From launch the Jogger will be available in three trim levels.
That £14,995 base price is for the Essential model, which comes equipped with air-con, cruise control, rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking and a smartphone docking station.
Mid-range Comfort adds body-coloured door handles and 16-inch mock alloy wheels, electric and heated mirrors with a dark metal finish, a reversing camera and automatic wipers.
Cabin kit for Comfort spec (from £16,595) includes keyless entry, electric rear windows, improved materials such as satin trim and a soft-feel steering wheel, a centre armrest and climate control. There’s also an electric parking brake, blindspot warning and an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Limited-run special Extreme SE trim tops the range for now. Starting from £17,395, this brings 16-inch black alloy wheels, front parking sensors, heated front seats, bespoke floor and boot mats, and the upgraded Media Nav infotainment with sat-nav and wireless smartphone mirroring.
There’s a family resemblance to the Duster from the front, while some of the Jogger’s design details also serve a functional purpose. For example, the vertical tail-light clusters maximise the width of the boot opening to make loading large items easier.
Dacia Jogger: infotainment and technology
The Jogger will launch with three different multimedia systems depending on spec. First up is Media Control, which is based around a smartphone app, replicating the app’s content on a dash-mounted screen. It’s a simple interface that controls your device’s nav, media and telephone contacts.
Next up is the Media Display system, which adds an eight-inch touchscreen featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as a four-speaker stereo.
Finally, Media Nav adds built-in sat-nav, as well as wireless smartphone connectivity, a six-speaker stereo and two USB ports, rounding off Dacia’s latest tech.
Customers can place a £99 refundable deposit ahead of deliveries commencing in the first half of 2022. As an added bonus, those who do pre-order will have their first service paid for by Dacia.
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