Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
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.