Dacia Jogger - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Dacia has focused on maximising interior space in the Jogger, with plenty of flexibility for passengers and luggage
The Jogger is a very user-friendly family car; the seven-seat configuration provides decent flexibility, while the large windows make it feel light and spacious inside and also provide good visibility for the driver.
Sometimes it can be a bit of an ordeal climbing into the third row of a seven-seater SUV, but access to the rear seats in the Jogger is quite simple – you can either fold the middle row backrests, or flip the whole seat squab forward. And, once sat down, you can pop the rear windows out to allow fresh air into the cabin.
If you need extra carrying capability, then the mid-range Expression model might be the better option. It features modular roof bars as standard which can be manually adjusted to a horizontal position and will hold up to 80kg of kit – particularly useful if the rear seats are occupied and taking up boot space. Models with the modular roof bars can also be fitted with a bicycle roof rack.
Numerous accessories are available for the Jogger, including the 'Sleep Pack' which we tested ourselves earlier this year. The box can be transformed into a support for a full-sized bed, and/or fold forwards to be a table, all the while offering 220 litres of storage space. Another option for campers is a huge four-person tent Dacia offers as part of the 'Sleep Pack Ultimate' that attaches to the boot of the Jogger.
For a seven-seater family car, the Jogger is pretty compact. At 4,457mm long it’s 242mm shorter than a Skoda Kodiaq, while being 138mm narrower than the Czech SUV means it will be much easier to pilot around town and park up in tighter spaces.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Room upfront for the driver and front passenger is fine, while buyers will be pleased to know that the Jogger doesn’t compromise on space as you move into the middle and rearmost seats. Accommodating three adult occupants across the second row should be pretty painless, while only the tallest of passengers will find that kneeroom is a bit limited in the rear seats. We also found during our testing there's ample headroom for six-footers in the Jogger's third row, as well as some room for your feet under the seats in front.
It’s a tale of two halves with the Jogger’s boot space. If you’re carrying a full quota of passengers then there’s a modest 160 litres of luggage capacity, while folding the rear two seats unlocks a useful 565 litres. Dacia claims that, with both the second and third-row seats in a folded position, you’ll have up to 1,807 litres of cargo space. In case you're wondering, those figures apply to both the petrol and hybrid Joggers.
Adding to its practicality, the Jogger 1.0-litre petrol model is rated to tow up to 1,200kg, which means it should be able to pull a trailer or even an average-sized (2-4 berth) caravan – although we’d always advise to double check any weight limits before setting off. However the Jogger Hybrid's towing capacity is limited to 750kg.
In this review
- 1Dacia Jogger review Offering family-friendly practicality at a unique price, the Dacia Jogger seven-seater is sure to appeal
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Jogger’s 1.0-litre petrol engine is solid enough, while more efficient hybrid power is now available
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsLow insurance costs and strong residual values will appeal to Dacia Jogger buyers
- 4Interior, design and technologyDecent levels of kit and a functional cabin mean the Dacia Jogger should be a hit with families
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingDacia has focused on maximising interior space in the Jogger, with plenty of flexibility for passengers and luggage
- 6Reliability and safetyOne-star Euro NCAP score will be an issue for some buyers, but it’s worth examining the Jogger’s safety rating a little more closely