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Dacia Jogger MPV - Reliability & safety

Dacia is working to improve customer satisfaction, if not safety

Carbuyer Rating

3.7 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

1.5 out of 5

The Dacia Jogger is a new model, but it doesn’t come with the same level of safety equipment that you’d typically find in rivals. As for reliability and owner satisfaction, we can only go off Dacia’s other current models, where the picture is rather mixed. It seems buyers drawn in by the brand’s low prices become unhappy with certain aspects of their cars, but love other parts.

Dacia Jogger reliability

Our 2021 Driver Power survey saw Dacia ranked 27th out 29 manufacturers, with customers complaining about build quality, comfort and noisy engines. A high proportion of owners (27.6%) reported faults in the first year of ownership. But in the same survey, the Dacia Duster finished strongly in 16th place out of the top 75 cars on sale, with value, safety, practicality and connectivity all rated highly.

The previous-generation Sandero finished in 75th in that survey, but the new Sandero and the Jogger are based on far more modern underpinnings. They’ve received numerous interior improvements, and we didn’t find the Jogger too noisy on the move, so perhaps Dacia’s ranking will improve in the next couple of years.

Safety

Safety is an area that Dacia has previously admitted not focusing a great deal on, saying that its customers would rather pay less than have too many annoying or overbearing safety systems. Still, a one-star score (out of five) from Euro NCAP is undeniably disappointing.

Primarily, its low rating seems to come from the lack of protection given to people sitting in the third row of seats. There are no airbags or seatbelt reminder warnings for the sixth and seventh seats. Meanwhile, adult occupant protection was described as ‘adequate’ or ‘marginal’ depending on the type of crash.

The Jogger does feature autonomous emergency braking as standard, which is a relief, but it won’t brake automatically for pedestrians or cyclists like other systems do. Hill-start assist is also included, along with front and side airbags.

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