Since its birth in 2010, the Duster has not really competed, being the only Dacia model likely to appeal to small families. Some have certainly opted for the Lodgy, but the MPV, too rustic, hardly to be envied despite its 7-seater and its honorable road qualities. So much so that he will soon be leaving the catalog, giving way to this new Jogger which the Duster has every interest in being wary of. This time around, the SUV could see its family status seriously challenged. Before we could get behind the wheel of the new 7-seater Dacia, a first virtual confrontation was needed..
1. Home / livability: a logically larger Dacia Jogger
On the simple criterion of habitability, the Jogger leaves no chance for the Duster. The newcomer is indeed 20 cm longer than the SUV, while the wheelbase is downright 23 cm longer. Even if the Duster is welcoming despite its reasonable size (4.34 m), passengers will inevitably be more comfortable on the bench of the Jogger. Not to mention the 7-seater available as an option in the latter while the Duster remains only a “simple” 5-seater.. The trunk also promises to swallow up a lot more luggage, both thanks to a larger volume but also easier loading given a very square body contour.
|Criterion||Dacia Duster||Dacia Jogger|
|CriterionLength||Dacia Duster4.34 m||Dacia Jogger4.55 m|
|CriterionWidth||Dacia Duster1.80 m||Dacia Jogger1.78 m|
|CriterionHeight||Dacia Duster1.69 m||Dacia Jogger1.63 m|
|CriterionWheelbase||Dacia Duster2.67 m||Dacia Jogger2.90 m|
|CriterionTrunk volume||Dacia Duster445 dm3||Dacia Jogger708 dm3|
2. Modernity: the Jogger widens the gap
Based on the new CMF-B platform from the Renault group – a little relieved to be less expensive – the Jogger widens the gap with its brother on the modern side. In particular takes the dashboard of its little sister Sandero, it can dress its interior in fabric while the Duster sticks to raw plastics, well assembled though. Same notable difference between multimedia systems. With its screen placed below and with a poorer definition, the SUV cannot do much in front of the 8 ”high shelf of the Jogger. Failing that and for less, the latter can also transform your smartphone into a multimedia system via the Dacia Media Control application, while the Duster does not offer it either.
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3. Engines and transmissions: the revenge of the Dacia Duster
If it cannot hide the weight of the years, the Duster is however getting back into the saddle on the engine side. In addition to the traditional 3-cylinder ECO-G 100 compatible with LPG, the compact SUV indeed offers the excellent TCe 4-cylinder 1.3 turbo in two power levels, 130 or 150 hp.. Not to mention the dCi 115 diesel, still available. In good any way, it can also receive the four-wheel drive (only on diesel), while the automatic gearbox with EDC double clutch has made its return to restyling on the TCe 150. Opposite, the Jogger offers only two engines: the ECO-G 100 and a new 3-cylinder direct injection 110 hp, not LPG compatible. In 2023, the arrival of a hybrid version will obviously represent an asset for the Jogger but the price will also be higher. And the latter will not offer a 4×4 transmission, while the hybrid will be the only way to have an automatic gearbox..
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Conclusion: a Duster not to be forgotten
Launched in 2017 and restyled this year, the Duster cannot do much in the face of the modernity of the new Jogger, more rewarding inside, better equipped and above all more livable thanks to its large size. On the other hand, the Duster, well born, retains certain significant advantages such as the automatic transmission, diesel for heavy-duty riders or even all-wheel drive for inhabitants of mountainous regions.. A certain versatility which should allow it not to be eaten by a very promising Jogger and which will rely heavily on its 140 hp hybrid engine from 2023.