Renault Arkana 1.3 TCe Mild Hybrid 140 Iconic 5dr EDC Review

Category: Coupe SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £25,300What Car? Target Price£24,812
Review

If you’re after an affordable coupé SUV that’s still pretty practical, the Renault Arkana is worth considering. It’s not particularly brisk and the ride is on the firm side, but to make up for that it’s very keenly priced and promises respectable running costs relative to other petrol coupé SUVs. If you don’t mind paying a bit more, there are better options, such as the quicker and more comfortable Cupra Formentor.

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Entry-level Iconic trim comes with a generous amount of equipment, including cruise control, climate control, LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-departure warning, 17in diamond-cut alloy wheels and a 7in touchscreen infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. That said, we’d recommend stepping up to the S Edition trim.

Despite being called a hybrid by Renault, the entry-level TCe 140 only uses its tiny electric motor to assist the 1.3-litre petrol engine to reduce its emissions – it isn’t capable of driving on electricity alone. It’s also slower than rivals like the Cupra Formentor 1.5 TSI 150 and not as flexible in the mid-range, but it’s powerful enough and should offer better fuel economy. It’s our pick of the range because it’s actually quicker than the pricier hybrid E-Tech 145 model, it maximises the Arkana’s cost advantage and it is more practical than the E-Tech, which has a smaller boot. Officially it averages around 50mpg.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH9.8 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

51.3

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

513

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

130

g/km

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