Dacia Jogger MPV - Interior & comfort
Considering its price, the Dacia Jogger has a well-built interior with lots of equipment
We’re pleased to report that the Dacia Jogger doesn’t feel cheap and tinny inside. It has many of the same parts as the latest Dacia Sandero, which means it also uses the same parts as the Renault Clio - a car we’ve praised for its interior quality. There are very few signs that the Jogger is a cheap car, and there are enough soft-touch materials dotted around the cabin to make it feel comfortable.
If you don’t like every function of your car being bundled into a touchscreen, the Jogger should serve you well. Its buttons and climate dials are easy to use, and everything is logically positioned. You certainly won’t take long to acclimatise.
Dacia Jogger dashboard
Dacia’s days of offering deliberate sparseness seem to be behind it. The Jogger’s dashboard feels solidly built, and the variety of materials is far more appealing than the frank black plastic of the old Duster and Sandero.
The Dacia Jogger Essential misses out on a touchscreen, but it does get a phone holder and a USB plug for data transfer. In the holder, you can use Dacia’s own app or third-party ones like Waze for navigation. Comfort and Extreme SE both feature a fixed touchscreen, with the same Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone connectivity as much more expensive cars. Some premium brands charge extra for these features, whereas Dacia includes them for free.
Essential trim kicks off the range and, as the name suggests, it brings some must-have equipment. Rear parking sensors and air conditioning are both included, and you also get automatic LED headlights, cruise control and front fog lights. Tinted windows and body-coloured bumpers make the car look less basic than previous entry-level Dacias. It’s hard to see how all this and seven seats are included for under £15,000.
Comfort looks to be the pick of the range. Besides the aforementioned touchscreen and phone connectivity, you get auto wipers, a reversing camera, climate control and front sensors. Above that is a limited-edition Extreme SE version, with black wheels and trim, heated front seats and sat nav.
Giving lots of options to choose from would increase the cost and complexity of Dacia’s production line, so there’s just one to pick: a spare wheel. It’s a little costly at £300, but could be worth adding for peace of mind if you ever get a puncture. Metallic paint costs around £600, which is likely to increase your monthly payments by about £15.