It is a proven fact: the majority of motorists find that cars have become too expensive. In fact, Dacia learns from it and multiplies its "serious and cheap" cars. But today, to the very recent Jogger, is added a hybrid engine of the most modern ... All this for much cheaper than the competition! How do they do it? A little reminder... Last year Dacia released this station wagon with the air of ludospace tinged with a hint of SUV. That said, no question of off-road here, the 4x4 is reserved for the Duster. The advantage of this beautiful vehicle (accentuated by the new Dacia identity) is its generous roominess and the possibility of opting for a 3rd row of seats.
Until now, on the mechanical side, the offer consisted of two petrol blocks of 999 cm3, one of which can fuel with LPG. And now, at the beginning of spring, Dacia serves us a "full hybrid" version. Here too, Renault's low-cost brand knows how to lower costs: the Jogger uses the E-Tech system of the recent Clio, Captur and even Arkana. It is therefore the block 1.6 atmospheric petrol (94 hp) coupled to two electric motors. One (48 hp) is located in the automatic gearbox, the other (20 hp) as a generator to ensure starts. Together they offer a cumulative power of 142 hp. This makes it the most powerful of the current Dacias!
Unavoidable additional cost
Who says hybrid, speaks of a battery, this one, lithium-ion, has a capacity of 1.2 kWh. During our test, we were able to appreciate the excellent combination between these elements. Starts are always made on electricity and, if the battery is sufficiently charged, it alone provides energy to the wheels. In the city, on roads - less on the highway - the car can often drive in this silent mode. Only the aerodynamic and rolling noise reveals that we are in a low-cost car. On the other hand, thanks to its suspension with wide travel and its "high" tires (205/60/16), comfort is often better than for more expensive cars. Better, during frank accelerations and / or relaunches of the petrol block, the transitions happen smoothly and without too much noise like "coffee grinder" of some other more prestigious brands.
In short, a good job from the group's engineers! Consumption? During our mixed route (city/road/highway), we noted extremes between 3.9 and 7 liters/100 with an average around 5 liters. That is, at least, two less than on the other engines. Obviously, unless you ride a lot, you will not recover the 5000 euros difference with the other versions. Nevertheless, you will gain in comfort of use. And then, for Dacia, it is an obligation given the increasingly drastic European emission standards. In this regard, the Duster and future Bigster should quickly take advantage of this opportunity.
The Dacia Jogger Hybrid 140 in a few figures
- Petrol engine (hp): 3 cyl,; 999 cm3 - 95
- Electric motors (hp): 48 + 20
- Battery (kWh) : 1.2
- Transmission: front wheels
- Gearbox: auto 6
- L/l/h (mm) : 4.547/1.784/1.691
- Curb weight (kg) : 1.481 (7 pl)
- Trunk volume (l): from 212 to 2085 (7 seats)
- Tank (l) : 50
- 0 to 100 kph (sec.) : 11.2
- V-max (km/h) : 183
- Conso. Combined (l/100 km): 4.8
- CO2 (g/km): 108
- Price (€) : from 24.600
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