Dacia Jogger Extreme

SE TCe 110

Dacia Jogger, 2022, front
Dacia Jogger, 2022, side
Dacia Jogger, 2022, rear
Dacia Jogger, 2022, interior
Dacia Jogger, 2022, rear seats
Dacia Jogger, 2022, rear seats folded
Dacia Jogger, 2022, boot
Dacia Jogger, 2022, boot, rear seats folded
Dacia Jogger, 2022, badge

DACIA'S latest offering is great value for money and no other new car comes close to matching its incredible versatility for such a low price.

You can use the Jogger as a full seven-seater or collapse the third row of seats to turn it into a large estate car or go for massive space by just leaving the front row seats upright.

This car challenges the usual family car formula and Dacia has just produced the biggest surprise of the year.

It may not offer luxury or a premium badge but it drives decently enough and offers good equipment levels throughout the three trim range.

Prices start from just £14,995 and all versions are powered by Dacia's new TCe 108bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

With all seats in place, the boot still offers a useful 213-litres of storage space, rising to 712-litres with the third-row seats folded.

Folding the second-row seats and removing the third row increases that to a staggering 1,819 litres.

The JoggerEssentialis the starting point and it includes manual air conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking sensors, an adjustable steering wheel, automatic headlights, front fog lights, electric front windows, Automatic Emergency Braking System (AEBS), and Dacia's Media Control that makes your smartphone responsible for the infotainment experience.

For £16,595 you get the JoggerComfortmodel which adds modular roof rails, body-colour door handles, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with dark metal finish, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors with reversing camera, and 16-inch ‘Flex' steel wheels that look like alloys but are more affordable and so help keep the price down.

Inside the Comfort model gets more equipment with a soft-feel steering wheel, satin chrome interior door handles, satin chrome and copper orange air vents, central armrest with storage, electric rear windows, electric parking brake, keyless entry, automatic air conditioning, blind spot warning, and Dacia's 8-inch Media Display system with two USB ports and smartphone with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

At £17,395, the limited edition special editionExtreme SE model I sampledintroduces 16-inch black alloy wheels and both front and rear parking sensors with reversing camera. The interior, is boosted by heated front seats, floor and cargo mats, and Dacia's Media Nav system with built-in navigation and wireless smartphone mirroring.

It may look a little quirky but the Jogger is not ugly and is much lighter than any other seven-seater and is certainly better to drive than most of the van-based opposition.

The 1.0-litre petrol engine which gives surprisingly strong performance and the car cruises easily at motorway speed. With seven inside it will obviously take a hit but a hybrid model will arrive next year to provide more punch.

WLTP figures say the present model is good for 48mpg and I found this to be very accurate over a week of mixed driving.

I really enjoyed the Jogger and finding another new car that is so versatile and seats seven for anywhere near the price is impossible.

FAST FACTS

Dacia Jogger Extreme SE TCe 110

Price:£18,745

Mechanical:109bhp, 999cc, 3cyl petrol turbo engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed:114mph

0-62mph:11.2 seconds

Combined MPG:48.7

Insurance Group:16

C02 emissions:130g/km

Bik rating:29%

Warranty:3yrs/60,000 miles

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