Our verdict on the new Renault Arkana
Renault has expanded its model line-up again with the all-new Renault Arkana. This is a sporty, hybrid Coupe-SUV, with prices starting from £25,300. The Renault Arkana will rival the likes of the Toyota C-HR and Citroen C4, but how does it compare? Here’s our thoughts on the new Renault Arkana. Read on for more details such as the Renault Arkana's performance, specifications and key features.
We think the new Renault Arkana is beautifully designed and finished to a decent standard. Sized between the Renault Captur and Renault Kadjar, this is a well-designed car with sporty looks. You may notice some similarities with the Captur as Renault has incorporated some of its styling features. In terms of boot space, the Renault Arkana has a maximum 513-litre boot capacity. This is generous compared to both the Toyota C-HR Hybrid and Renault Captur. As for the interior, the Renault Arkana offers generous legroom for all passengers and it’s clear high-quality materials have been used throughout. Furthermore, the infotainment system and controls are reportedly easy to use.
The Renault Arkana has three trim levels available – Iconic, S Edition and RS Line. We’re impressed that all trim levels come well equipped as standard with features such as parking sensors, a reversing camera and cruise control. If you opt for the Arkana S Edition, you can expect a bigger touchscreen display and bigger wheels. Priced from £29,900, the Top-spec Renault Arkana RS Line gets additional features like automated parking and heated front seats. These prices seem reasonable when compared to the Toyota C-HR Hybrid which starts from just over £27,000. Make the Arkana your perfect car with a wide range of optional accessories offered.
In addition, the Renault Arkana is available with either E-Tech Hybrid or Petrol mild-hybrid technology. This hybrid technology helps to reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. We expect the E-Tech hybrid 145 Auto to be the favourable option. It’s claimed this car can achieve 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds and a WLTP fuel economy of 56.5mpg. These are similar figures to the Toyota C-HR Hybrid. If you're looking for a greener form of transport but don't think a pure electric car is right for you, then a hybrid could be the ideal alternative option.
We feel the Renault Arkana deserves a rating of 4/5 stars from GB Vehicle Leasing. If you’re looking for a hybrid car with a sporty design and plenty of convenience features, then the new Renault Arkana could be a great lease car. During independent crash-testing in 2019, this Renault car also achieved a Euro NCAP Safety Rating of 5 stars. This included an impressive score of 96 per cent in its adult occupancy NCAP assessment. However, the Renault Arkana doesn’t seem to match other sporty rivals when it comes to performance. If you’re looking for a family car, then the Ford Kuga Hybrid might be a preferred option. That said, it’s great to see Renault adding a purpose-built hybrid to the model range. As the demand for both hybrids and SUVs continues to increase, this seems an excellent addition to Renault's model line-up.