Dacia is looking at a commercial version, but there aren’t any firm plans yet.
The final clever practical touch is the modular roof bars. These double up as the rails, swivelling round easily to carry ski or bike attachments. The dynamic weight limit is 80kg, but it can take a roof tent if the car is static. Nothing screams ‘lifestyle’ more than people sleeping on the roof of their car.
For the moment, the only engine is a 1.0-litre petrol triple, producing 109bhp and 148lb ft, the latter from 2900rpm. That might not sound like much but, thanks to a 1205kg kerb weight, it rarely feels asthmatic. It’s more reactive than you’d expect it to be and it’s hardly a neck-snapper, but it’s acceptable for making decent progress. The 0-62mph time is 11.2sec, not that it’s particularly relevant in a car such as this.
What is important is refinement, and for that the Jogger is good. The triple’s thrum filters into the cabin but is never intrusive or coarse, even at around 5000rpm. Road and wind noise are also well damped.
Despite the absence of mild-hybrid tech, the Jogger manages official figures of 47.1-46.9mpg and 132g/km. Again, the low kerb weight helps.
The standard six-speed manual gearbox has a long throw, but it’s precise. Top is quite tall, so the car feels happier in fifth at the 45-60mph you will do on A-roads, but it’s fine for motorways. An automatic ’box will come with the hybrid early next year.
The ride quality is largely good. It feels well tied down, with good body control that avoids the pitch and roll you’d expect of a relatively high-sided vehicle, but sharper surface changes upset it more. All cars come on 16in wheels (steel or alloy, depending on trim), and while our top-spec test car came with relatively high-profile 205/60 tyres, they don’t iron out as much of the rubbish asphalt as we’d like. The odd bump is okay, but a series of them makes the cabin jiggle.
Unlike some cheap hackabouts, this isn’t a car that delights in being door-handled around a series of switchbacks. The steering is precise and linear, if light, but its high centre of gravity and enormous boot means it can’t take on something like the Suzuki Swift or Hyundai i20.