Renault Arkana 1.3 TCe Mild Hybrid 140 R.S. Line 5dr EDC Review

Category: Coupe SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £29,900What Car? Target Price£27,872
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.

The top tier R.S. Line trim adds features such as electronically adjustable heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and semi-autonomous parking. Other than that, it’s mainly aesthetic upgrades that you probably wouldn’t miss if you went for our recommended version, the cheaper 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.


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Key information

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

50.4

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

513

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

132

g/km

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