New Dacia Jogger set for a run at the budget MPV class
The seven-seat Dacia Jogger MPV goes on sale later in 2021 starting from around £13,000 as a budget-focused rival to the Citroen Berlingo
- Brand’s first seven-seat MPV model for the UK market
- Will launch with petrol engines, with hybrid powertrain by 2023
- On sale in November, likely to start from around £13,000
The all-new Dacia Jogger MPV has been revealed ahead of it’s official debut at the Munich Motor Show. The new car gets a utilitarian SUV-style design and is the brand’s first ever seven-seat model for the UK market.
Dacia will offer the Jogger with a range of petrol engines at launch but a hybrid model is due to follow in a couple of years time. The new car is a replacement for the Lodgy, a model which was never sold in the UK, and will be a budget rival for van-based MPVs like the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter.
The latest addition to the Dacia line-up will continue the brand’s value-for-money focus with an expected starting price of around £13,000. Pre-orders start in November, with first deliveries expected in early 2022.
2022 Dacia Jogger: design
It’s clear that the Jogger shares design cues with both the Duster SUV and the Sandero supermini. The nose is wider, with upswept ‘Y-Shaped’ headlights, a hexagonal front grille and a large lower air intake.
From the side of the Jogger you can see the van-like high roofline and roof rails, along with body cladding down the flanks. At the rear, the vertical ‘Y-Shaped’ tail lights allow clear access to the boot, while the Dacia name is spelt across the tailgate.
Interior and technology
The interior of the new Jogger boasts a similar design to that of the latest Dacia Sandero and Duster models, with a four-spoke steering wheel and hexagonal air vent design. The centre console houses a trio of rotary controls for the ventilation system.
Buyers will be able to pick from three infotainment setups, with the Media Control option using a smartphone in place of an infotainment screen. This setup features a smartphone docking station, which runs the ‘Dacia Media Control’ software via the driver’s smartphone to control functions such as sat nav, radio and music streaming.
The next level up is the Media Display system which adds an eight-inch touchscreen to the dashboard, a four-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Buyers can also spec the Media Nav system, which adds two USB ports, sat nav, wireless smartphone connectivity and a six-speaker stereo system.
Trim levels and specifications
The Jogger will be available in three trim levels, with the entry-level Essential being the most basic. A mid-range Comfort model will also be available, with full specifications expected to be revealed closer to the car’s on sale date. Every version will get 16-inch wheels, with lower spec cars sitting on ‘Flex’ steel wheels with hubcaps and higher trim models getting diamond cut alloys.
At launch, the limited-edition Extreme trim will top the range. This will feature off-road styling with black bodywork cladding on the wheel arches, side skirts and bumpers, along with contrasting silver front and rear skid plates. Black painted 16-inch alloy wheels are standard, and buyers can pick from five paint finishes.
Dimensions and practicality
The Jogger is the longest model to be offered by Dacia to date, at 4,547mm in length. It also has a 2,997mm wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) to accommodate its seven-seat layout. Interior space is helped by the angled roofline, which increases in height by 40mm from the front seats to the rearmost seats. Dacia has also given the Jogger raised suspension, with 200mm of ground clearance.
With all seven seats in place, boot space is 213 litres, increasing to 712 litres in five-seat mode. To help aid practicality, owners will be able to remove the third-row of seats entirely, with each seat weighing in at around 10kg. With the third row removed and the middle row folded flat, a vast 1,819 litres load space becomes available.
Despite the Jogger’s focus on cost savings, the brand hasn’t skimped on practicality with features such as folding picnic tables on the front seat backs, integrated roof bars that can carry up to 80kg, and ISOFIX child-seat mounts in the second row of seats. The interior also offers up to 24 litres of interior storage space across the door bins, central storage cubby and glovebox along with six cupholders.
Platform and engines
The Jogger sits on the Renault-Nissan developed CMF-B platform, which also underpins the latest Dacia Sandero. At launch, buyers will only be able to choose a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine in two power outputs. The TCe 110 version offers 108bhp and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The TCe 100 Bi-Fuel unit produces 99bhp and features a 40-litre LPG tank along with a 50-litre petrol tank. Claimed fuel economy stands at 37.1mpg and with both tanks brimmed, the Jogger can officially manage up to 621 miles of range. Dacia also claims the Bi-Fuel model emits around 10% less CO2 than an equivalent petrol engine, with emissions of 121g/km.
These petrol engines will be joined by a hybrid version of the Jogger in 2023, the first electrified model offered by Dacia. It’ll use the same 1.6-litre petrol engine, dual-electric motor and battery as the Renault Clio E-TECH. Dacia claims this powertrain will allow the Jogger Hybrid to run on pure-electric power around 80% of the time in town.
What does it mean for car buyers?
The MPV sector has been firmly on the decline in recent years as customers have been drawn to more fashionable SUVs in ever-increasing numbers. You still can’t beat a good MPV for outright practicality and interior space, however, and if the price is right they can be a very attractive option for large families who need to carry a lot of stuff. Dacia never sold the old Lodgy in the UK market but this Jogger replacement is on the way here with Dacia’s usual blend of low prices and high utility that seems a perfect fit in this sector. Manufacturers of existing van-based MPVs will be looking over their shoulder when the Jogger arrives in showrooms.