Dacia Jogger - Reliability and safety
One-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
The Dacia Jogger is a good family car, but some buyers might be concerned about its poor, one-star Euro NCAP safety score. While the industry crash-test body (represented in the UK by Thatcham) has undeniably improved overall standards, the low rating applied to the Jogger does require a little unpicking in order to fully understand how these conclusions were reached.
Euro NCAP based its results on the (two-star) Dacia Sandero Stepway crossover, with which the Jogger shares the same CMF-B LS platform. The seven-seater model was then downgraded to a single star based on the lack of a seatbelt reminder for the third row of seats, and the car’s relative lack of electronic assistance systems.
However, Dacia has stated it believes that the Jogger is its safest car to date and its customers 'are not willing to pay for electronic aids that would improve the car’s rating'.
Standard safety equipment for all Jogger versions includes ABS, an Electronic Stability Programme, an Automatic Emergency Braking function, cruise control, rear parking sensors and two sets of ISOFIX mounting points in the second row of seats. Mid- and top-spec cars add front parking sensors and a blind spot warning system.
The Jogger didn't make an appearance in the 2023 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey results, although the Mk2 Dacia Duster managed to finish fourth on the list of best cars to own. Meanwhile Dacia itself finished in 26th position out of 32 brands in the best car manufacturers rankings – up from 27th in 2022.
Dacia offers a standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty for the Jogger, along with free roadside assistance for the same period. If you want extra peace of mind, you can extend the Jogger's warranty up to six years/100,000 miles. Extended warranties for the Jogger start from £160.
Dacia says the Jogger needs to be serviced once a year or every 18,000 miles, whichever comes first. As is the norm with most mainstream manufacturers, Dacia provides individual servicing plans to help spread the cost of scheduled maintenance, with a typical three-year/30,000-mile plan is around £600.
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 spaceDacia has focused on maximising interior space in the Jogger, with plenty of flexibility for passengers and luggage
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingOne-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