New to the range, the Jogger is positioned as Dacia’s family vehicle. It measures 4.55 m and features a raised station wagon architecture. His particuliarity ? It is sold in two configurations, 5 or 7 places, for an additional €750.
Facing him, the Duster is 20 cm shorter under the fathom (4, 34). It presents itself as a pure SUV which also offers all-wheel drive. But the two come together because they offer the same dual-fuel petrol-LPG engine.
It is upon entering on board that we notice a serious design deviation. The Jogger benefits from the new “Dacia” dashboard, which is also found on the Sandero. More opulent, the latter is covered with fabrics and has a layout better thought out for new technologies, such as the smartphone holder with USB port or the placement of the touch screen at eye level. But at the time when we realize this match, Dacia is in the process of operating a second restyling on the Duster which will partly correct these faults with a reworked interior.
Practical: an unbeatable Jogger
From a practical point of view, it is a victory by KO of the Jogger. Indeed, the station wagon is available in 7 places, which the Duster does not offer. For the 5-seater versions compared here, the Jogger widens the gap. It takes advantage of its longer wheelbase to pamper its rear passengers more, particularly in terms of the legs but also the head.
Folding bench seat, XXL trunk volume and modular roof bars for the Jogger. It’s a knockout from a practical point of view.
Then there is the boot volume record boot volume of 708 liters as a base and finally some practical aspects such as the modular roof bars or the folding rear seats in portfolio, unavailable for the Duster. In both cases the spare wheel housing located under the floor is condemned by the presence of the LPG cylinder.
But beware, the Duster has nothing to be ashamed of because it offers a really excellent trunk volume despite its 20 cm less (478 litres), however its modularity is logically less accomplished because here only the rear seats fold down.
Budget: rising prices in both cases
The budget is the sinews of war at Dacia. And even though the whole range has seen its prices climb lately, it remains one of the most competitive at present. The less expensive of the two is the Duster (€18,300 in Comfort finish) which leaves with an advantage of €800. Both cars are equipped with the same bi-fuel engine, which consumes approximately the same according to the homologation cycles (6 l/100 km in petrol and 7.5 l/100 km in LPG). They naturally require the same costs and the same maintenance frequencies and finally they have the same guarantee, namely 3 years unlimited mileage. The slight budget advantage is to the Duster’s credit.
Price/equipment ratio: a more modern Jogger
More expensive by 800 €, the Jogger compensates for its difference with a richer standard endowment and non-existent equipment on board the Duster such as, for example, modular roof bars, folding rear seats in portfolio or Android connectivity and wireless Carplay. To this must be added the tinted rear windows. When counting the points, the Jogger displays a better price/equipment ratio.
*Since our comparison was carried out, the finishes have evolved within the Dacia catalogue. The “Comfort” finish is now replaced by the “Expression” finish.