Renault Arkana 2021

What's going on here? 
By its own confirmation, Renault has as of late been somewhat of an additionally ran in the UK. However, the organization expects to change all that under new supervisor Luca de Meo's 'Renaulution' plan by dispatching another scope of energized vehicles, beginning with a snappy and helpfully valued cross breed car SUV called the Arkana. 

This all-new C-portion offering is one of 14 electric Renault Group models due for dispatch by 2025, half of which will be EVs. Specifically, de Meo plans to focus on the Volkswagen Golf fragment – a reasonable move, since it's as of now Europe's greatest, getting some 40% of deals. Two more electric C-portion vehicles are ready to go, one of them a completely electric Mégane hybrid. 

The Arkana is now going down a tempest in France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain, where it has recently been dispatched. Delay purchases are said to have passed 10,000 and are mounting quick. It has likewise been "a gigantic achievement" in South Korea, where it is made (by Samsung), so Renault's case that the Arkana is a genuine worldwide vehicle holds a lot of water. Quite a bit of this achievement, the promoting individuals say, is down to its double character: purchasers "have no compelling reason to pick among energetic and useful". 

The Arkana sits on an all-inclusive wheelbase adaptation of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's strikingly flexible CMF-B stage, which is likewise utilized for the Clio and Mégane, among numerous different applications. It's a more up to date stage than that utilized for the Kadjar SUV and obviously more flexible: more grounded, lighter, fit for self-sufficient driving, furnished with the most recent wellbeing gadgetry and prepared for all types of charge. 

Renault's architects are particularly pleased with the way that the Arkana's saucy lines don't bargain back head or room to breathe or boot space, which are all at or near class best for the C-portion. The way in to this is by all accounts tallness and a generally long wheelbase of 2720mm for its general length of 4568mm. The vehicle has conspicuous, solid back rump that permit it a generally high rooftop and in this manner a drastically raked back glass without bargaining back room. 

Three trim levels (Iconic, S Edition and RS Line) are advertised. All are exceptional, yet the S Edition and RS Line (which get comforts like versatile journey control and three driving modes) have correspondingly amazing gear levels, isolated generally by the RS Line's set-up of 18 "extraordinary components" including particular combination wheels, chrome debilitates, wearing seat plans, a Formula 1-enlivened honeycomb grille, various guards and carbonfibre impacts in the lodge. All models have a broad assortment of airbags and dynamic wellbeing helps and fit the bill for the most recent five-star NCAP security rating. 

Two crossover powertrains are offered for each model. The less expensive choice (by £1000) highlights a 138bhp turbocharged 1.3-liter four-chamber petroleum motor with an incorporated starter-generator that gathers energy during slowing down and afterward sends it through a seven-speed double grip gearbox when the vehicle speeds up. 

Our test vehicle had the pricier 143bhp 1.6-liter four-pot super petroleum choice, which has both a coordinated starter-generator and another electric engine joined into its eight-speed force converter gearbox, offering more exhaustive electric activity and help. 

What's it like? 

The contrast between the two is particularly apparent in their consolidated force yields (192lb ft for the TCe 140 against 293lb ft for the E-Tech 145), their CO2 outflows (131g/km against 111g/km) and their efficiency (48.7mpg against 57.6mpg). 

Most purchasers will think the extra £1000 all around spent, particularly business drivers, who will take note of the decrease in the advantage in-kind assessment rate from 29% to 25% – albeit a couple may regret the departure of a second in 0-62mph speed increase (10.8sec against 9.8sec), brought about by the extra 100kg in the half breed's kerb weight. 

Out and about, the Arkana E-Tech feels more electric than energetic more often than not, with a velvety take-off from rest and a capacity to float in and out of town with what feels like negligible contribution from the petroleum part of its powertrain. At the point when you push on somewhat, the motor turns out to be more conspicuous and its four-chamber sound rather brings you practical, despite the fact that at near full commotion it sounds better and pulls well. The reconciliation of the two electric engines with the motor and gearbox is excellent: it's hard to at any point pick which stage the powertrain is in. For a tall vehicle, the Arkana excels out and about. Its best component is precise and pleasantly weighted guiding, whose genuinely speedy equipping makes it simple to put the vehicle through corners. It feels impartial and astonishingly grippy, even in the wet conditions we experienced, albeit 'energetic' is pushing it somewhat far. 

Would it be advisable for me to get one? 

For us and for purchasers, the Arkana's most grounded suit is its flexibility. It's spacious, all around estimated and drives pleasantly on both short and extended periods. Its' looks are likewise more fascinating than those of the normal square-upheld family SUV. It's not difficult to see it doing too in the UK as elsewhere. 

Specialized specs 

Model tried: Arkana E-Tech 145 RS Line 

Cost: £30,900 

Motor: 4 cyls, 1598cc, super, petroleum, in addition to 48V ISG and electric engine 

Transmission: 8-spd programmed 

Driveline format: Front-motor, front-wheel drive 




293lb ft 



Maximum velocity 


Kerb weight (DIN) 






BIK charge band