Dacia Jogger long-term test: report 2

The Dacia Jogger is one of the cheapest seven-seaters you can buy, but how will it fare as a photographer's apprentice? We're living with one to find out...

Dacia Jogger with mattress in its boot

The car Dacia Jogger 1.0 TCe 110 Extreme SE Run by Max Edleston, senior photographer

Why it’s here To show that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a spacious and practical seven-seater

Needs to be Capable of swallowing all of my luggage, comfortable over long distances and able to function as a mobile office when needed

Mileage 6548 List price £22,595 Target Price £22,595 Price as tested £22,595 Test economy 46.9mpg Official economy 48.7mpg

10 October 2023 – Kit and caboodle

Most modern cars come with a lot of equipment, and my Dacia Jogger is no exception; air-con, cruise control and even keyless entry are all standard.

As someone who needs to retrieve items from their car a lot during the course of a working day (a light here, a tripod there), often while already weighed down with camera cases, I particularly appreciate not having to fumble in my pocket for the key fob. It’s equally useful that I don’t have to worry about locking the doors as I walk away, because the car will do that for me.

Dacia Jogger key

As a bonus, the delay before the Jogger locks itself is long enough for me to take something out of the car and then run around to the other side to retrieve whatever other item I’ve inevitably forgotten.

My Extreme-trim car goes one step further, with the card-shaped key letting me activate my car’s lights or even open its boot without having to touch the car at all. Again, when I’m loading or unloading for a photoshoot, that’s very handy.

What’s also handy about my car is the sheer space available inside it. While my Jogger is obviously a very different proposition from the vans I’ve run previously, it is capable of doing a passing impression of one – because its rear space is absolutely huge, and with its second and third rows of seats folded down, can easily be used to tackle large, awkward loads.

Dacia Jogger interior back seats

This was handy recently when I needed to dismantle an old bed and take it to the local recycling centre. To my surprise, what I’d imagined would need a couple of trips only required one, with the Jogger swallowing the frame, headboard and even the mattress all in one. 

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