Dacia Jogger is a muscular crossover that is also a spacious van
There are some car manufacturers that we are far away from, but who make quite sound and practical cars in other parts of the world. Dacia is one such manufacturer, which has quite the repo for practical and cheap no-frills cars in Europe. Dacia is one of those bread-and-butter makers that mostly lock Skoda.
And this time around, Dacia might have an ace up its sleeve to overtake Skoda’s supremacy in Europe, thanks to the all-new Dacia Jogger. The name may sound uninspiring, but this minivan/estate is a whole new level of affordability, practicality and accessibility. In short, this car is the versatile car you will need. Things are looking pretty good for Dacia since they also recruited former Aston Martin design director Miles Nurnberger.
So, expect similar and cooler cars in the future. The fusion of a muscular, sharp look: SUV potential and an interior that can be sorted into 60 different layouts, makes the Dacia Jogger a steal for its offered 15,000 euros (the equivalent of less than $18,000). It’s crazy value and space for the money! But the catch here is that Dacia Jogger is only for the European market.
The Dacia Jogger is very cheap for a car that looks sharp, has beefy SUV credentials, has 7 spacious seats and expresses our love for estates.
A brief about Renault’s Romanian cousin: Dacia
Dacia is the bread and butter manufacturer in Europe. They built cheap, no-frills cars that disrupted the well-known Skodas and Volkswagens, which are considered the best first-time buy among cars. Dacia is owned by Renault and many of its cars are renowned and sold around the world, such as Dacia Duster and Lodgy.
The new, cooler Dacia Jogger succeeds the boring Lodgy, Dokker and Logan estates, and what a transformation! In fact, Dacia’s portfolio has been revamped with an all-new design language that makes its cars look beefier and more premium.
Cheap domains are going to be much cooler now
Station wagons were once the coolest modes of transportation, even more desirable than 2-seater sports cars. This is because the estates have beautifully merged sportiness and practicality without any issues. The Audi RS2 was an icon that showed us that family transportation can be lightning fast. Well, the all-new Dacia Jogger isn’t fast, but it does put on a good looking face, which puts a smash value on what it offers.
The very first hybrid Dacia will be a Jogger
When launched later this year, the Dacia Jogger will come in two engine options – a 1.0-litre turbocharged inline-4 petrol engine and a bi-fuel version of the same; both of which produce around 100 HP. Dacia will offer a hybrid engine for the first time in its history, with the Jogger later in 2023.
It will be a 1.6-liter gasoline engine mated to two electric motors and a 1.2 kWh battery. It will only be offered with the FWD configuration despite its “off-road” appeal. Its performance graph is quite healthy for the price and helps it be versatile without breaking a sweat.
Dacia Jogger Interior has 7 seats and 60 layouts
Inside, things have changed for the better and the new Jogger boasts one of the most versatile and practical interior layouts in its class. The extended wheelbase really helps provide a comfortable experience in all 3 rows. This 7-seater MPV can be adjusted in 60 different configurations, with the second row also folding in a 60:40 ratio.
Boot space with the 3 rows up is a healthy 160 liters which rises to 708 liters if the 3rd row is removed. Yes, none of them fold flat, and the only way to maximize cargo space is to remove the third row and tie the second row vertically behind the first. The dashboard is clean and has a floating infotainment layout.
Nothing lavish here, but the quality isn’t there either. Tech-wise, it has an 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, built-in navigation and 4 or 6 speakers. You can comfortably seat 7 occupants or turn the Jogger into your perfect travel companion, anywhere!
Dacia Jogger looks beefy for a minivan
We clearly dig Dacia’s new design language. It’s refreshing, nostalgic, and makes the Jogger look pretty high-end. The muscular lines around the bonnet and side profile clearly highlight its SUV vibe. The large LED taillight layout is from a bygone era. Practicality and versatility are of great importance here and that is exactly why taller lights are back, as they allow for a wider tailgate design.
The design is inspired by the Bigster SUV concept and the Jogger is based on the CMF-B platform which it also shares with the all-new Sandero. It gets 200 mm (7.8 in) of ground clearance, the wheelbase is longer than Samdero by 300 mm (11.8 in) and is 4,537 mm (178.6 in) long (making it the longest Dacia to date). The cool looking roof rails are quite functional and these adjustable ones can hold up to 80 kg (176 lbs) of weight.
Dacia Jogger will be the cheapest 3-row MPV
Dacia has planned the launch of the Jogger in some European countries in 2022 with production starting from November 2021. But if the Dacia Jogger starts from 15,000 euros as offered, then it will be the cheapest 4 row MPV/estate from all over Europe and this will upset Skoda and Volkswagen. There’s no chance we’ll get this all-purpose offering because it doesn’t have the target audience there. Sure, it can do a lot, but it’s too boring performance-wise to make much sense.
Sources: Media.dacia.com, Topgear.com, Autocar.co.uk
The Dacia Sandero is a subcompact or supermini car. It is, and always has been, almost comically cheap and offers simplicity and space.
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