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Dacia Jogger review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

Low insurance costs and strong residual values will appeal to Dacia Jogger buyers

The Jogger is available with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine which, although not including any of the latest EV tech, is still a reasonably efficient performer. Dacia claims its versatile family car will achieve average fuel economy (on the WLTP combined cycle) of 47.9mpg, which seems pretty realistic as we managed 45.4mpg during our own test across a variety of in-town, A-road and motorway driving.

We calculated that the Jogger would cost just over £3,300 to fuel for every 20,000 miles travelled which, for a big MPV-sized fossil-fuelled car is pretty frugal. In comparison, a diesel Kia Sorento would require an extra £1,200 to cover the same mileage - due in part to the Korean SUV weighing around 700kg more than the Romanian brand’s budget seven-seater.

The lack of any hybrid assistance means the Jogger’s petrol engine isn’t able to dip below 130g/km of CO2, so it probably won’t find itself being added to many business fleets. Buyers of Essential and Extreme SE versions will incur a first year VED tax rate of £190, while the Comfort variant costs slightly more at £240 - although these figures are usually wrapped up in the overall on-the-road price of the vehicle.

Insurance 

Provisional insurance ratings for the Jogger put the entry- and mid-spec cars in group 13, while the top-of-the-range Extreme SE model is in group 14, so premiums shouldn’t be too costly. In comparison, the cheapest Hyundai Santa Fe seven-seater SUV starts from group 22, while the Kia Sorento starts from group 30.

Depreciation

Due, in part, to its relatively low starting price, the Jogger is predicted to be a strong performer on the used market. After an average three-year/36,000-mile ownership period, the budget seven-seater should hold onto around 61 per cent of its original value, which means that even if you go for a top-spec Extreme SE model at almost £18,000 you should still get back around £11,000 after 36 months motoring.

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