We feel there’s only one word needed for this section. The Dacia Jogger is fine. It’s a £17,000 seven-seater, so it would be unfair to expect anything more than a comfortable ride, an engine that allows you to keep up speed on motorways and handling that enables you to stay on the road when you go round corners. In all three cases, the Jogger is a resounding success.
In fact, in many ways this car exceeded our expectations. The 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine behaves remarkably similarly to a 12-week-old puppy. As is always the case with these thrummy three-pots, the rumble on start-up is always excitable, while initial acceleration from 0-30mph is spritely and energetic, with revs easy to come by. However, ask it to do too much and it will fall asleep on the spot.
The Jogger is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, which is has a reasonably short throw that allows for satisfyingly clean and easy changes, however fifth and sixth gears are strictly for cruising only. Asking for any acceleration at all, at any speed, in either fifth or sixth gear is an entirely pointless exercise, although it is a lesson you learn remarkably quickly when you go for an overtake on a dual carriageway. Take things back to town, though, and the Jogger is perfectly nippy at lower speeds. Power delivery is smooth and assured, making navigating traffic predictable – at least from your end – at all times. Visibility is generally good, too. The B-pillar is enormous which makes for quite the blind spot, but blind spot monitoring is included in Comfort spec.
The best way to describe life behind the wheel of the Jogger is that it’s comfortable. The ride is smooth and settled, and there’s actually a decent amount of insulation from road and wind noise. You’ll be just as well-off cruising along the motorway in this as you would any other comparable seven-seater – not that there are many.