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Dacia Jogger MPV - Engines, drive & performance

Petrol engine provides adequate performance

Carbuyer Rating

3.7 out of 5

Engines, drive & performance Rating

3.0 out of 5

One look at the Dacia Jogger tells you that it’s not going to perform like a sports car. Buyers after a car like this often place the driving experience very low on their list of priorities, so Dacia has tuned it accordingly.

Thanks to its stretched wheelbase and modest 16-inch wheels, the Jogger is very comfortable in town. Hit a pothole and you won’t feel it in the cabin as much as in something like a Ford Focus, and generally it’s impressive at low speeds and significantly better to drive than many of its van-based rival MPVs. Take a corner too fast, however, and the body will start to lean due to the soft suspension setup, reminding you that the Jogger is at its best at a more relaxed pace.

On faster roads, the Jogger is fairly relaxed at a cruise, with the only interruption being the wind noise from the door mirrors

We found the steering to be slightly heavy, which is most noticeable when you’re parking or manoeuvring. It’s a little vague, but no worse than any of its rivals. Overall, the Jogger will be a fuss-free way to get from A-to-B.

Dacia Jogger petrol engines

At launch, the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is the only option. This is a bit more powerful than the one used in the Dacia Duster, with an output of 108bhp, which gets an unladen Jogger from 0-62mph in 11.2 seconds. During our test, it accelerated nicely from around 2,000rpm, and although we tested the car without a full complement of people on board, the useful low-down power of the engine should have no problems getting it up to speed on faster roads when you are fully loaded. It’s not too noisy, either, with just a slight volume increase at higher revs and some engine noise at higher speeds.

A Bi-Fuel engine option is on the way, and the engine can run on either petrol or LPG. In the Duster, this engine is a little slower than the standard petrol engine, so we’d expect that to be the case here too. But with low LPG prices, it could prove cheaper to run.

Hybrid engine

Later on, the Jogger will gain a 138bhp 1.6-litre petrol-electric hybrid engine option shared with the Renault Captur and Clio. It doesn’t have an electric range as such, but collects energy when you slow down to help the petrol engine at speeds of up to 40mph. The engine always starts in electric mode, and it can almost be driven using only one pedal like fully electric cars.

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