Dacia has started taking orders for its all-new Jogger which, with a starting price of less than £15,000, makes it one of the most affordable seven-seat cars in Northern Ireland right now.
Sold in three specifications – ‘Essential’, ‘Comfort’ and special edition ‘Extreme SE’ – the only engine available from launch is a 1-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol that produces 108bhp. In time, it will be joined by a LPG ‘Bi-Fuel’ Jogger and, in 2023, a hybrid version that combines a petrol engine and two e-motors.
‘Essential’ trim guarantees manual air conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiting function, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, front fog lights, electric front windows and automatic emergency braking.
Moving up a rung to ‘Comfort’ adds roof rails, body-coloured door handles, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, and a dark metal finish for the mirror caps for £16,595.
They also wear 16-inch ‘Flex’ steel wheels that, “although styled to replicate the appearance of alloy wheels, are more robust and affordable should they need to be replaced”, says Dacia.
The cabin’s ambience is lifted by a soft-feel steering wheel, satin chrome interior door handles, and satin chrome and copper orange air vents.
Standard equipment is enhanced by an 8-inch touchscreen with two USB ports, smartphone mirroring, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Automatic air conditioning, automatic wipers, a reversing camera, rear electric windows, an electric parking brake, keyless entry and blind spot warning also feature.
Starting off at £17,395, the limited-run ‘Extreme SE’ Jogger introduces 16-inch black alloys, front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. The interior gains heated front seats, satellite navigation and wireless smartphone mirroring.
Irrespective of which grade Jogger buyers opt for, six airbags, blind spot warning, park assist and hill assist are included as is Electronic Stability Control.
Dacia claims a rear module that extends the car’s length to just over 4.5 metres not only makes it the longest model in the range but as versatile “as many larger models from the segments above”.
Loading the boot – which totals 213-litres in seven-seat guise and 712-litres with the third-row of seats folded – should be an easier process because of its raised ride height that provides 200mm of ground clearance. With all three rows folded down, users have an 1,819-litre cargo area to play with.
24-litres of interior storage is spread across a 7-litre glove box, front and rear door pockets that can carry a 1-litre bottle, and a 1.3-litre compartment within the centre console.