Dacia already has a reputation for practicality and value, but they’re hoping to expand on that offering with their first seven-seater family car: the Dacia Jogger.
Offering the length and practicality of an estate, the spaciousness of an MPV and the styling of an SUV, Dacia has promised the Jogger will be in a class of its own when it arrives early next year.
Dacia Jogger exterior
Based on the same platform as the new Dacia Sandero, the Jogger is 4,547mm in length with a bold, wide grille. This is flanked by Dacia’s signature Y-shaped LED daytime running lights which add to its styling features.
Perhaps one of the most unique touches is the adaptable modular roof rails. These can be transformed to accept anything from skis to mountain bikes and hold a generous 80kg carrying capacity.
At the rear, vertical lights maximise the width of the tailgate which makes loading the boot easier while the low load sill provides easy access. With all seven seats in place, 213 litres are available which extends to 712l with the third row folded down and a massive 1,819l with all rear seats down.
To add to its ruggedness, the body structure has been reinforced in key areas while ground clearance is at 200mm unladen. Powerfully styled wheel-arches replicate the appearance of alloy wheels albeit they are more robust and affordable in keeping with Dacia’s USP.
Dacia Jogger interior
Thanks to the 2,897mm wheelbase, interior space is maximised for all seven occupants, with Dacia claiming even adults can sit in the third row in comfort.
All the seats are sculpted to provide the driver and passengers with optimum support and comfort, with the split-folding second row seats offering the same seat height (758mm) as those in the front, together with generous foot- and knee-room.
Access to the third-row seats is via a tipping mechanism on the second row, made easier by longer rear doors, and once aboard occupants will discover an impressive 855mm of headroom and 127mm of knee-room, which are among the best currently available in the seven-seater segment. The long boot floor (1,150mm) can easily accommodate a pram or a child’s push bike without disassembly by folding down one of the third-row seats, while hikers can easily transport a full kit and that of their friends.
This level of practicality extends throughout the cabin to include a generously sized seven-litre glove box as well as front and rear door pockets that can each hold a one-litre bottle, plus a 1.3-litre lidded storage area within the centre console and six cup holders throughout.
Dacia Jogger tech
Three multimedia and infotainment systems will be available across the range, starting with the Media Control system: this offers a smartphone docking station integrated into the dashboard. Corresponding information is then shown on the central 3.5-inch TFT digital display via the free Dacia Media Control app.
Media Display is available further up the range and offers an 8-inch touchscreen mounted on the dashboard and angled at the driver. This is Bluetooth enabled and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as access to car features, with four speakers also upgrading the audio offering.
At the top of the Jogger’s multimedia offering is Media Nav which adds wireless connectivity, in-car navigation, USB ports and an upgraded audio system.
Safety features including Emergency Brake Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Hill Start Assist and Park Assist are available across the range for added convenience.
Dacia Jogger engines
At launch, the Dacia Jogger will be available with two engines, including the brand new TCe 110 turbocharged petrol engine. Dacia will also continue to offer a full range of bi-fuel models including the LPG TCe 100 Bi-Fuel engine. The petrol engine produces 110hp while the bi-fuel manages 100hp. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on all models.
Joining the range in 2023 will be Dacia’s first hybrid powertrain option, which aims to make it the most accessible seven-seat hybrid on the market. This will pair a 1.6-litre petrol engine, two electric motors, and a multi-mode automatic transmission, combined with a 1.2kWh 230V battery.