Renault Arkana review

Category: Coupe SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Renault Arkana 2021 interior infotainment
  • Renault Arkana 2021 front
  • Renault Arkana 2021 rear cornering
  • Renault Arkana 2021 interior dashboard
  • Renault Arkana 2021 interior rear seats
  • Renault Arkana 2021 interior infotainment
  • Renault Arkana 2021 front right static
  • Renault Arkana 2021 front tracking
  • Renault Arkana 2021 left static
  • Renault Arkana 2021 rear right tracking
  • Renault Arkana 2021 rear
  • Renault Arkana 2021 rear tracking
  • Renault Arkana 2021 front detail
  • Renault Arkana 2021 rear lights detail
  • Renault Arkana 2021 interior front seats
  • Renault Arkana 2021 interior detail
  • Renault Arkana 2021 boot open
  • Renault Arkana 2021 front
  • Renault Arkana 2021 rear cornering
  • Renault Arkana 2021 interior dashboard
  • Renault Arkana 2021 interior rear seats
  • Renault Arkana 2021 interior infotainment
  • Renault Arkana 2021 front right static
  • Renault Arkana 2021 front tracking
  • Renault Arkana 2021 left static
  • Renault Arkana 2021 rear right tracking
  • Renault Arkana 2021 rear
  • Renault Arkana 2021 rear tracking
  • Renault Arkana 2021 front detail
  • Renault Arkana 2021 rear lights detail
  • Renault Arkana 2021 interior front seats
  • Renault Arkana 2021 interior detail
  • Renault Arkana 2021 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Renault Arkana is a really good price for its size. It’s far cheaper than the Toyota C-HR, undercuts the Cupra Formentor and is not much more expensive than the smaller Citroën C4.

It is also predicted to hold its value against depreciation similarly well to the C-HR after three years. Remember, you can compare the best prices by checking out the free What Car? New Car Deals pages.

Top-spec R.S. Line additions include wireless phone-charging, electrically operated heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, but you’re mainly paying for its sportier styling so we’d give it a miss.

Back to safety kit, and all Arkanas get automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keep assist. It’s worthwhile stepping up to S Edition, though, because of the extra safety tech that brings, including blind-spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic warning system.

The Arkana scored the full five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test, proving slightly safer than the C-HR for adult occupancy protection, and notably better for child occupancy protection. The Formentor was tested under NCAP’s latest and far more stringent rules, so it's difficult to compare.

The Arkana is too new to have featured in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Renault as a brand finished 16th out of 30 manufacturers. You also get a five year or 100,000 mile warranty to bring extra peace of mind.

Renault Arkana 2021 interior infotainment

Overview

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.

  • Low running costs
  • Competitively priced
  • Keen handling
  • Sluggish acceleration from E-Tech
  • Limited rear head room
  • Poor rear visibility
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