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Renault Arkana

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Summary


‘Coupe-style’ SUVs are popular among upmarket brands, but the Renault Arkana is one of only a few of these sleeker crossovers made by mainstream manufacturers.

New in 2019, the Arkana is based on the French brand’s Captur SUV, but with a lower and more raked roofline, with additional length also offering more legroom for rear passengers.

The Arkana is available with two electrified petrol engines. You can either choose a hybrid unit, combining a 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors to give 145hp, or a mild hybrid option that provides a boost to a 140hp petrol engine but can’t drive under electrical power alone.

The Renault Arkana has received a rather mixed set of reviews from the UK media, reviewers generally coming to the conclusion that the Arkana may be a capable machine but that there are better alternatives, even within the Renault SUV range.

Auto Express explained, “The Arkana misses the mark when you consider that a smaller SUV like the Captur is better value, while the larger Renault Kadjar is more comfortable.”

Carbuyer finds issues with both the ride comfort and engine performance, concluding that, “With a firm ride and slightly dull powertrains, the Arkana isn’t as appealing for drivers as it first looks”, although the reviewer admits that the Arkana’s “fuel efficiency and practicality are more impressive, and Renault’s five-year warranty adds some lustre to the ownership experience.”

The Renault Arkana has also received praise for its decent value for money, its smart infotainment system, and its spacious interior and large boot, but it is clear to see that the coupe-SUV has failed to win over the majority of UK media outlets, Top Gear wrapping up their review by declaring “there’s absolutely nothing here that pegs it as a must-buy.”

As of June 2022, the Renault Arkana currently holds an Expert Rating of 59% from 16 reviews.

Arkana highlights

  • Roomy inside despite styling
  • Competent handling
  • Efficient full hybrid system
  • Looks – better than most SUVs

Arkana lowlights

  • Unimpressive petrol engine
  • Harsh low-speed ride
  • Aggressively sharp steering
  • Looks, full of unneccesary details

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol hybrid, petrol mild-hybrid
Price: From £25,300 on-road

Launched: Summer 2021
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Business Car

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Carbuyer

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Driving Electric

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2019

96%

ADULT OCCUPANT

83%

CHILD OCCUPANT

75%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

74%

SAFETY ASSIST

Notes on safety rating

The Renault Arkana is structurally very similar to its sibling, the Captur SUV which was tested by Euro NCAP on its launch in 2019, and so both cars share the same five-star rating. The testers praised the car in all areas, including the standard-fit autonomous emergency braking which includes pedestrian and cyclist detection.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Renault Arkana has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. If and when Green NCAP puts the Arkana through its paces, we’ll publish the results here.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Renault Arkana has received

2022

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Hybrid Car
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Crossover

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Renault ArkanaThe Renault Arkana is the brand’s first coupe-SUV and first proper hybrid, but its rigid ride comfort leaves room for improvement.