This is one of the big surprises of the latest Euro NCAP test session, the Dacia Jogger, launched in early 2022, inherits just one star out of the potential five. A very bad result which calls into question the safety of this car.
Especially since this result comes after the poor scores of Dacia Sandero (2 stars), her little sister Dacia Spring (also only 1 star) and cousin Renault Zoé who sees herself pulling all her five stars in the last test.
How are cars classified?
According to Euro NCAP, it’s simple: a series of tests are carried out on vehicles marketed on European soil. This includes reproducing accident scenarios in the form of crash tests.
For each crash test, a score is given on the resistance of the vehicle itself, and the potential risk of injury or death, to passengers or pedestrians. But the rating is also affected by the safety equipment that the car offers as a standard in the catalog.
These ratings have nothing to do with the kind of “legal minimum” necessary to be approved. Note that some cars are tested multiple times during their careers. With a rating system that gets tougher year after year, a car rated five stars yesterday can become a zero star overnight.
Dacias that can not resist shocks?
In this little game, some brands do better than others. In the forefront of the accused we find the manufacturer Dacia. With Jogger only collecting one star when it was released, it should be put into perspective.
“The adult protection is 70%, which is a good rating and backed our internal testing. So we are four stars in terms of impact resistance. You should also know that the Jogger uses part of our Sandero chassis, so it hasn’t even been shattered by Euro NCAP.” ! ” identifies the manufacturer.
The Jogger was part of Sandero’s hull, and it wasn’t smashed by Euro NCAP
Why is Dacias so bad?
“The rating system causes stars to be lost, not because the car behaves poorly in the event of a collision, but because of equipment issues. For Jogger, it is impossible for the body to distinguish between the five- and seven-seat versions. However, the seven-seater version is not Equipped with an SBR (Seat Belt Reminder) system, which is a belt buckle alert on the two third-row seats. It’s a presumed choice, given the durability of connections on removable seats, which is often dealt with.” Adds Gregoire Vitry, Director of Brand Communications.
“In general, Dacia aims to offer basic cars. We offer a cap at a fixed price level. We are not supposed to get into an arms race like manufacturers selling cars for 50,000 euros.”
Notes for Relativity
Picking up on the Sandero podium, the Jogger gets good marks in the front or the side. The chassis of the car does not lend itself to criticism. On the other hand, the lack of seatbelt warning, knee airbag, or lane-keeping assistance, punishes this car severely in the end result.
The discussed severity is on a family car that sold for around €15,000. Its cousin Renault Zoe is paying the price for its design which has been started so far. With 43% in adult protection, 52% in child protection and 14% in safety aid, you lose the five stars you previously earned.
Is it dangerous then? of course no. Even though your Zoé is rated Zero stars, it will be much safer than a Clio 1, 2, 3 or any city car over ten years old.
Offer related to all brands in the market. At this point, the Euro NCAP tests will have achieved their goal: to make our car journeys much less dangerous.