RENAULT

RENAULT ARKANA ESTATE 1.6 E-Tech hybrid 145 evolution 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol/Electric Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2108 g/km

The Renault Arkana strays into a market segment for mid-sized coupe-SUVs previously only occupied by the premium brands. To compensate for the lack of a posh badge on the bonnet, you get plenty of pavement presence and a dose of Renault latest hybrid technology, with both mild hybrid and full-hybrid petrol powerplants on offer. As for the inside, well here's where the efforts made to imbue recent smaller models with extra cabin quality have paid off, enabling Renault to push up-market using the same interior technology. The result is a surprisingly polished proposition.

FRENCH RESISTANCE

The stylish Arkana mid-sized coupe-SUV plays to Renault's strengths, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Ten Second Review

The Renault Arkana strays into a market segment for mid-sized coupe-SUVs previously only occupied by the premium brands. To compensate for the lack of a posh badge on the bonnet, you get plenty of pavement presence and a dose of Renault latest hybrid technology, with both mild hybrid and full-hybrid petrol powerplants on offer. As for the inside, well here's where the efforts made to imbue recent smaller models with extra cabin quality have paid off, enabling Renault to push up-market using the same interior technology. The result is a surprisingly polished proposition.

Background

Renault over the years has pioneered various completely new market niches - think Avantime, Twizy, Clio V6 and so on. It's nearly always been a disaster. Where the company has usually done much better is in properly developing an existing idea - think Clio, Scenic and Captur. So the auspices are good for this car, the Arkana. It hails from an existing but relatively undeveloped market niche, that for the mid-sized coupe-SUV - which is the sort of thing that Renault's design department thrives on. So far, only premium European brands have launched models in this segment - think BMW X4, Audi Q5 Sportback and Mercedes GLC Coupe. The Arkana is sized somewhere between these cars and slightly smaller coupe-SUVs like BMW's X2 and the Audi Q3 Sportback. However you pitch it, it's the only volume brand model (and therefore the only truly affordable) entry in this segment. Skoda and Kia are both planning coupe-SUVs, but these will be of the pricey all-electric sort.

Driving Experience

Because the Arkana rides on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's CMF-B compact car platform, which is also used for the Clio and Captur, you'd expect it to borrow engines from those models - and of course it does. Both units develop 140hp and are petrol powered - but each is very different. Things kick off with a turbocharged 1.3-litre four-cylinder 12v TCe 140 mild-hybrid petrol unit, which sends drive to the front wheels via a dual-clutch auto gearbox. It makes 62mph from rest in 9.8s en route to 127mph. And if you can afford a bit more? Well Renault had the option here to install either of its 1.6-litre E-Tech full-electrified powerplants, either the self-charging Prius-like one from the Clio or the PHEV plug-in one from the Captur. It's opted (from launch anyway) for the Clio's self-charging unit, which has two electric motors and a 1.2 kWh lithium-ion battery. It sends drive through a clever F1-derived clutch-less dogbox auto transmission, which Renault reckons is more efficient and smoother than a conventional automatic. 62mph from rest takes 10.8s en route to 107mph. The auto-only powertrain format tells you most of what you need to know about the emphasis on comfort rather than drive dynamics here - but virtually all models in this segment are sold with auto transmission anyway. A nod to autonomous drive technology is delivered by the availability of Renault's 'Motorway and Traffic Jam Companion' - an autonomous drive setting which can assume control of the car's throttle, brakes and steering on the motorway.

Design and Build

So what do you think? Renault Design Chief Laurens van den Acker says the Arkana silhouette is supposed to offer 'a balance between the elegance of a saloon and the powerful stance of an SUV'. Heard that claim before? So have we. Still, there's certainly nothing else in the segment with a rear end quite like this one. SUV credentials are endorsed by 190mm of ground clearance, plus rugged front and rear skid plates and wheel arches. The five-door bodyshell measures 4,568mm in length and 1,571mm in height and it's screwed together, not in France but in Renault's factory in Busan, South Korea. Inside, the front of cabin experience strives for a premium feel, which to some extent is superficially achieved. There's certainly the required level of digitalisation, with a digital instrument cluster of either 4.2, 7.0 or 10.2-inches in size and a central touchscreen that can be either 7.0 or 9.3-inches, depending on trim. It's a practical cabin too, with useful touches like large front door pockets which can accommodate 1.5-litre water bottles. Thanks to a relatively lengthy 2,720mm wheelbase, the rear seat has legroom that's close to what you'd get in a much pricier Q5 or X4. And there's a 513-litre boot (122-litres bigger than that of a Clio), which falls to 438-litres in the hybrid model.

Market and Model

Pricing starts at just over £25,000 and runs up to just over £30,000 and there's a choice of three trim levels - 'Iconic', 'S Edition' and 'R.S. Line'. There's a £1,300 premium to go from the TCe 140 engine to the E-Tech hybrid unit. All versions get a decent standard of media connectivity, with the expected 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring systems, plus over-the-air infotainment screen updates and live traffic updates. Other standard features include adaptive cruise control, an active emergency braking system, lane keeping assist and a traffic sign recognition system. At the top of the range, as mentioned, sits the sporty 'R.S. Line' trim-level that Renault thinks a lot of Arkana customers will want. Variants trimmed in this way stand apart with a front splitter, red coachlines, black alloy wheels and a more aggressive rear bumper that incorporates a pair of chrome exhaust outlets. Inside, Arkana 'R.S. Line' models get contrasting red stitching on the seats and steering wheel, a black headliner, aluminium pedals, special red-striped seat belts and carbon-effect coverings for the dashboard and door cards. Across the range, customers can choose from various cosmetic extras, such as a contrasting black roof, three alloy wheel designs in either 17-inch or 18-inch rim sizes and seven body colours - including an 'R.S. Line'-exclusive 'Valencia Orange' paint finish.

Cost of Ownership

Expect similar efficiency readings to those you'd get from Renault's Clio supermini and Captur compact SUV models when fitted with the same engines. So when fitted with the 1.3-litre petrol 12v mild hybrid TCe 140 unit, you can expect 48.7mpg on the combined cycle and 131g/km of CO2. For the E-Tech full-hybrid 1.6-litre petrol unit, expect 57.6mpg and 111g/km of CO2. The base 1.3-litre engine's mild-hybrid technology is delivered through an added alternator-starter system paired with a 12V lithium-ion battery under the passenger seat. This technology improves Stop & Start and enables energy regeneration during deceleration. It also assists the engine during the highest fuel-consumption phases, when the engine starts or accelerates. The E-TECH full-hybrid powertrain meanwhile, can provide up to 80% of city driving time with all-electric power, reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by up to 40% over a combustion engine in urban driving. The Renault F1 tech used enables the vehicle to start in all-electric drive and delivers strong energy efficiency, thanks to the innovative multi-mode gearbox, a powerful energy recovery braking system and a high-level automatic battery-charging set-up. Drivers can use the Multi Sense settings to select a specific driving mode: 'My Sense' for daily driving, 'Eco' for even lower fuel consumption and 'Sport' to combine the power of the engine.

Summary

Not all Renault models work in terms of sales success but we think this might be one of them. Even though most people no longer want or can justify a coupe, there's still a latent desire for a swept-back bodyshape that remains unfulfilled in the volume part of the market. Combine that with a fashionable SUV demeanour and you ought to have a winning recipe. Of course, people who would normally stump up the extra for a premium brand mid-sized coupe SUV of this kind are unlikely to want to be fobbed off with a Renault. But if they take a look at, then a seat inside of this Arkana, we think they might be pleasantly surprised. In terms of style and technology, this French contender is certainly a match for its posh, pricier European rivals, though drive dynamics might be a different question. Still, models like this one are usually chosen for pavement presence and in that regard, for the money Renault is likely to want from you for this car, the Arkana's case is surprisingly compelling.

  • Heated rear window
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor
  • Rear windscreen wiper
  • Front driver window with one touch facility and anti-pinch function

  • Active emergency braking system
  • B Brake Mode - One pedal driving with increased regenerative braking
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Emergency Brake Assist
  • Hill start assist

  • Bluetooth system
  • Smartphone integration compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • Lane keep assist
  • Eco mode
  • Rear parking sensors and rear view camera
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Cruise control and speed limiter
  • Lane departure warning
  • Variable assistance electric power steering

  • EASY LINK 7" touchscreen
  • EV button to activate pure mode
  • Gear change indicator
  • 7" TFT Driver information display
  • Renault automatic emergency assist
  • Trip computer

  • USB port
  • DAB radio
  • Arkamys classic sound system with 6 speakers

  • Black side door protection with chrome insert
  • Front grille with chrome on upper part
  • Chrome decopart on wing (fender molding)
  • Shiny black shark fin antenna
  • Dark grey front and rear skid plates
  • Body coloured bumpers

  • Automatic headlights
  • C-shaped LED front and rear signature lighting (222 eco)
  • Automatic full LED headlights
  • 3rd brake light

  • Automatic climate control with combined filter, humidity sensor and AQS
  • Rear air vents

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Synthetic leather steering wheel
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Variable boot floor
  • Central console with storage

  • Standard bulb front and rear roof lights

  • Front and rear no seatbelt warning sound
  • Driver height adjustable seat belt
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Distance warning alert
  • Tyre pressure warning light
  • Driver and passenger front and side airbag deactivation
  • Front head airbags
  • Driver airbag
  • Front curtain airbags
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Passenger airbag

  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Passenger seat height adjuster
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • ISOFIX child seat fixing points on rear outermost seats
  • Single front passenger seat
  • 60:40 split and fixed base rear seats

  • Hands free keycard with Keyless access and start
  • Anti drill door locks and locking fuel cap
  • RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) automatic door locking
  • Rear side wing door and window child locking function (front driver door control panel)
  • Thatcham alarm
  • Deadlocking system
  • Central door locking

  • 17" Bahamas diamond cut alloy wheels

  • Tyre inflation kit

  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 1.2
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 108
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 108
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 108
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 78
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 83.6
  • CC: 1598
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 58.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 4.8

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 75
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 74
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 145
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: evolution
  • Coin Description: E-Tech hybrid 145
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000

  • Engine Power - BHP: 142
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.8
  • Top Speed: 107
  • Engine Power - KW: 105
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 109
  • Engine Torque - NM: 148
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3600
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 15.1

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 215/60 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/60 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: BAHAMAS

  • Length: 4568
  • Width: 1820
  • Wheelbase: 2720
  • Width (including mirrors): 2034
  • Height: 1576
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 480
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 760
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 526
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1435
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1961
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1263
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.2

  • Metallic paint: £650
  • Solid paint: Included
  • ID Metallic paint: £750

  • Metallic - Metallic black: £650
  • Metallic - Zanzibar Blue: £650
  • Metallic - Metallic Grey: £650

  • Solid - Glacier white: £0

  • ID Metallic - Pearl white: £750
  • ID Metallic - Flame red: £750

  • Cloth - Black/grey: £0

  • Space saver spare wheel: £300

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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