Dacia says its Jogger is safer than many rivals and meets current safety regulations despite the latest Euro NCap tests giving it just a single star.
Earlier this week, Euro NCap said that the Jogger, positioned by Dacia as a value-for-money MPV with seven seats as standard for the UK market, was seen to lack basic safety features which are the norm in most family cars. In addition, some of the ‘active’ safety technology fitted to the vehicle was considered sub-standard, unnecessarily increasing the collision risk.
Dacia UK said in a statement, “We take the safety of our customers extremely seriously. As a car maker, Dacia’s objective has always been to produce vehicles that meet the expectations of our customers: modern, affordable, and fully compliant with European regulations.
“Euro NCAP has its own evolutive protocol of tests that have become increasingly stringent every 2 years. Dacia’s objective is not to chase Euro NCAP stars that would imply fitting vehicles with features and technologies, like some ADAS, that our customers do not want to use and/or pay for today. We will continue to listen to customer expectations and fit models with more and more safety assists as these changes.
“Jogger is a safe new C-segment car that is homologated and compliant with European safety regulations. All-New Jogger is safe and protects occupants to a high standard. It proposes a full list of safety features, providing better protection than most of the cars on the roads of Europe today.
EuroNCAP has its own evolutive protocol of tests that have become increasingly stringent every 2 years.
“The Dacia Jogger is structurally identical to the Sandero Stepway but has a different roof line towards the rear. Based on the EuroNCAP protocol Jogger 5 seats should have the same rating as Sandero, 4* in occupant protection, and 2* overall. However, there will not be details published about Jogger 5 seats version by EuroNCAP. The final rating of Jogger is linked to 7 seats version only.”