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Dacia Jogger review - Engines, performance and drive

The Jogger’s 1.0-litre petrol engine is solid enough, with hybrid power on the horizon

The Jogger sits on a version of the familiar Renault-Nissan CMF-B platform that also forms the basis of the smaller Sandero and Renault Clio. Some of this nimble, supermini character is evident once behind the wheel, as it doesn’t feel too daunting to pilot around town or in more built up areas. The steering isn’t too heavy and everything feels easy to control.

At just 1,200kg, the Jogger is a lightweight in the seven-seater market. The big, bloated SUVs that offer the same flexibility for carrying more passengers are all around 600-700kg heavier, and you often feel every kilo - particularly at lower speeds. In contrast, the Jogger feels more agile and manoeuvrable.

With its 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine delivering just 108bhp, the Jogger isn’t a particularly quick car, but its 200Nm of torque delivered low down the rev range means it gets off the line rapidly enough and can hold its own around town.

Taking the seven-seater up to higher speeds on the motorway doesn’t overly affect refinement levels, with the only noticeable intrusion being increased wind noise from around the door mirrors. The six-speed manual gearbox works well and gives the Jogger decent cruising ability.

For families who will often be travelling at full passenger capacity and with lots of luggage, a more powerful hybrid model is due later in 2023 with around 138bhp.

Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed

The Jogger is able to accelerate from 0-62mph in 11.2 seconds which is reasonable enough, although when fully laden you might find this time a little optimistic. Other seven-seat models such as the Kia Sorento and Skoda Kodiaq are able to post 0-62mph times of well under 10 seconds, but the obvious question here is how much you’re willing to pay for that extra oomph.

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