The interior layout, fit and finish
Finding a comfy driving position in the Renault Arkana is easy. There’s a full range of steering wheel rake and reach adjustment, and the seat is naturally supportive. Behind the steering wheel sits an easy-to-read digital instrument display (4.2in in the TCe 140 and 7.0in in the E-Tech 145).
The Arkana’s dashboard is easy to use as well, thanks to its physical controls for all the important functions, including the climate control. The Cupra Formentor has some annoying touch-sensitive controls that are fiddlier to operate when you’re driving.
It’s a high-resolution screen with responsive software, but some of the icons are small and harder to find than we’d like. Also, we prefer the iDrive infotainment in the BMW X2 for ease of use as it comes with a physical rotary controller as well as a touchscreen.
All versions of the Arkana come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, and S Edition and R.S. Line cars also get sat-nav.
The Arkana's interior quality feels like a step up from the Toyota C-HR, which has more hard plastics, especially in its rear-seat area. The Arkana has more soft-touch materials, while the switches feel as well damped as they do in the C-HR and it feels just as well screwed together. In this price range you can do even better, though, because the Formentor feels plusher still.