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RENAULT ARKANA ESTATE

1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 145 S Edition 5dr Auto

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The stylish Arkana mid-sized coupe-SUV plays to Renault's strengths, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Background

Renault over the years has pioneered various completely new market niches - think Avantime, Twizy, Clio V6 and so on. It's nearly always been a disaster. Where the company has usually done much better is in properly developing an existing idea - think Clio, Scenic and Captur. So the auspices are good for this car, the Arkana. It hails from an existing but relatively undeveloped market niche, that for the mid-sized coupe-SUV - which is the sort of thing that Renault's design department thrives on. So far, only premium European brands have launched models in this segment - think BMW X4, Audi Q5 Sportback and Mercedes GLC Coupe. The Arkana is sized somewhere between these cars and slightly smaller coupe-SUVs like BMW's X2 and the Audi Q3 Sportback. However you pitch it, it's the only volume brand model (and therefore the only truly affordable) entry in this segment. Skoda and Kia are both planning coupe-SUVs, but these will be of the pricey all-electric sort.

Driving Experience

Because the Arkana rides on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's CMF-B compact car platform, which is also used for the Clio and Captur, you'd expect it to borrow engines from those models - and of course it does. Both units develop 140hp and are petrol powered - but each is very different. Things kick off with a turbocharged 1.3-litre four-cylinder 12v TCe 140 mild-hybrid petrol unit, which sends drive to the front wheels via a dual-clutch auto gearbox. It makes 62mph from rest in 9.8s en route to 127mph. And if you can afford a bit more? Well Renault had the option here to install either of its 1.6-litre E-Tech full-electrified powerplants, either the self-charging Prius-like one from the Clio or the PHEV plug-in one from the Captur. It's opted (from launch anyway) for the Clio's self-charging unit, which has two electric motors and a 1.2 kWh lithium-ion battery. It sends drive through a clever F1-derived clutch-less dogbox auto transmission, which Renault reckons is more efficient and smoother than a conventional automatic. 62mph from rest takes 10.8s en route to 107mph. The auto-only powertrain format tells you most of what you need to know about the emphasis on comfort rather than drive dynamics here - but virtually all models in this segment are sold with auto transmission anyway. A nod to autonomous drive technology is delivered by the availability of Renault's 'Motorway and Traffic Jam Companion' - an autonomous drive setting which can assume control of the car's throttle, brakes and steering on the motorway.

Design and Build

So what do you think? Renault Design Chief Laurens van den Acker says the Arkana silhouette is supposed to offer 'a balance between the elegance of a saloon and the powerful stance of an SUV'. Heard that claim before? So have we. Still, there's certainly nothing else in the segment with a rear end quite like this one. SUV credentials are endorsed by 190mm of ground clearance, plus rugged front and rear skid plates and wheel arches. The five-door bodyshell measures 4,568mm in length and 1,571mm in height and it's screwed together, not in France but in Renault's factory in Busan, South Korea. Inside, the front of cabin experience strives for a premium feel, which to some extent is superficially achieved. There's certainly the required level of digitalisation, with a digital instrument cluster of either 4.2, 7.0 or 10.2-inches in size and a central touchscreen that can be either 7.0 or 9.3-inches, depending on trim. It's a practical cabin too, with useful touches like large front door pockets which can accommodate 1.5-litre water bottles. Thanks to a relatively lengthy 2,720mm wheelbase, the rear seat has legroom that's close to what you'd get in a much pricier Q5 or X4. And there's a 513-litre boot (122-litres bigger than that of a Clio), which falls to 438-litres in the hybrid model.

Market and Model

Pricing starts at just under £27,000 and runs up to just under £33,000 and there's a choice of four trim levels - 'Evolution', 'Techno', 'R.S. Line' and 'E-Tech engineered'. There's a £1,300 premium to go from the TCe 140 engine to the E-Tech hybrid unit. All versions get a decent standard of media connectivity, with the expected 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring systems, plus over-the-air infotainment screen updates and live traffic updates. Other standard features include adaptive cruise control, an active emergency braking system, lane keeping assist and a traffic sign recognition system. Near the top of the range, as mentioned, sits the sporty 'R.S. Line' trim-level that Renault thinks a lot of Arkana customers will want. Variants trimmed in this way stand apart with a front splitter, red coachlines, black alloy wheels and a more aggressive rear bumper that incorporates a pair of chrome exhaust outlets. Inside, Arkana 'R.S. Line' models get contrasting red stitching on the seats and steering wheel, a black headliner, aluminium pedals, special red-striped seat belts and carbon-effect coverings for the dashboard and door cards. Across the range, customers can choose from various cosmetic extras, such as a contrasting black roof, three alloy wheel designs in either 17-inch or 18-inch rim sizes and seven body colours - including an 'R.S. Line'-exclusive 'Valencia Orange' paint finish.

Cost of Ownership

Expect similar efficiency readings to those you'd get from Renault's Clio supermini and Captur compact SUV models when fitted with the same engines. So when fitted with the 1.3-litre petrol 12v mild hybrid TCe 140 unit, you can expect 48.7mpg on the combined cycle and 131g/km of CO2. For the E-Tech full-hybrid 1.6-litre petrol unit, expect 57.6mpg and 111g/km of CO2. The base 1.3-litre engine's mild-hybrid technology is delivered through an added alternator-starter system paired with a 12V lithium-ion battery under the passenger seat. This technology improves Stop & Start and enables energy regeneration during deceleration. It also assists the engine during the highest fuel-consumption phases, when the engine starts or accelerates. The E-TECH full-hybrid powertrain meanwhile, can provide up to 80% of city driving time with all-electric power, reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by up to 40% over a combustion engine in urban driving. The Renault F1 tech used enables the vehicle to start in all-electric drive and delivers strong energy efficiency, thanks to the innovative multi-mode gearbox, a powerful energy recovery braking system and a high-level automatic battery-charging set-up. Drivers can use the Multi Sense settings to select a specific driving mode: 'My Sense' for daily driving, 'Eco' for even lower fuel consumption and 'Sport' to combine the power of the engine.

Summary

Not all Renault models work in terms of sales success but we think this might be one of them. Even though most people no longer want or can justify a coupe, there's still a latent desire for a swept-back bodyshape that remains unfulfilled in the volume part of the market. Combine that with a fashionable SUV demeanour and you ought to have a winning recipe. Of course, people who would normally stump up the extra for a premium brand mid-sized coupe SUV of this kind are unlikely to want to be fobbed off with a Renault. But if they take a look at, then a seat inside of this Arkana, we think they might be pleasantly surprised. In terms of style and technology, this French contender is certainly a match for its posh, pricier European rivals, though drive dynamics might be a different question. Still, models like this one are usually chosen for pavement presence and in that regard, for the money Renault is likely to want from you for this car, the Arkana's case is surprisingly compelling.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Emissions
Emissions109.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed107mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 7" TFT Driver information display
  • Blind spot warning
  • Bluetooth system
  • EASY LINK 9.3" portrait touchscreen with navigation, Google search and traffic information
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Eco mode
  • EV button to activate pure mode
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Gear change indicator
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Multi-sense - 3 driving modes and 8 ambient lighting
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear view camera
  • Renault automatic emergency assist
  • Smartphone integration compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Traffic sign recognition with over speed prevention
  • Trip computer
  • Variable assistance electric power steering

Entertainment

  • Arkamys classic sound system with 6 speakers
  • DAB radio
  • USB port

Exterior Features

  • 3rd brake light
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic high / low beam
  • Automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor
  • Black side door protection with chrome insert
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • C-shaped LED front signature lighting
  • Chrome decopart on wing (fender molding)
  • Chrome window lower lining
  • Extra tinted rear windows and tailgate
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front driver window with one touch facility and anti-pinch function
  • Front grille with chrome on upper part
  • Full LED headlights
  • Grey front and rear skid plates
  • Heated rear window
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear windscreen wiper
  • Shiny black shark fin antenna
  • Side mirrors adjustable electrically, electrically foldable, with defrosting and temperature sensor, automatically foldable at vehicle closure

Interior Features

  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • 60:40 split and fixed base rear seats
  • Automatic climate control with combined filter, humidity sensor and AQS
  • Central console with storage
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • ISOFIX child seat fixing points on rear outermost seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • LED front and rear roof lights
  • Rear air vents
  • Single front passenger seat

Passive Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS+EBA
  • Active emergency braking system
  • B Brake Mode - One pedal driving with increased regenerative braking
  • Distance warning alert
  • Driver airbag
  • Driver and passenger front and side airbag deactivation
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Driver height adjustable seat belt
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Front and rear no seatbelt warning sound
  • Front curtain airbags
  • Front head airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag
  • Tyre pressure warning light

Security

  • Anti drill door locks and locking fuel cap
  • Central door locking
  • Deadlocking system
  • Hands free keycard with Keyless access and start
  • RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) automatic door locking
  • Rear side wing door and window child locking function (front driver door control panel)
  • Superlocking
  • Thatcham alarm

Wheels

  • 18" Pasadena diamond cut alloy wheels with grey inserts

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    1.2
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion

Emissions - ICE

  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    109
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    109
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    109

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1598
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    78
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    83.6
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    4.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    58.9

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.6
  • Badge Power
    145
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    E-TECH Hybrid 145
  • Coin Series
    S Edition
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    15E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    83
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    75
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    74
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    142
  • Engine Power - KW
    105
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    109
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    15.1
  • Engine Torque - NM
    148
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3600
  • Top Speed
    107

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    PASADENA
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1576
  • Length
    4568
  • Wheelbase
    2720
  • Width
    1820
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2034

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1961
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1263
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    480
  • Max. Loading Weight
    526
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    760
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1435
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.2
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Customer Reviews

   
Mike Lowe

Mike Lowe

"Have to give the whole team at Silverstone a massive 5 stars ( my wife would have given them 6 stars for having to deal with me :-) ) From start to finish a truly professional service for the three cars that myself and my colleges chose for company cars, working with Tom and Michelle has been a pleasure, speed of response to questions has been quick and precise. Thank you and would defiantly recommend Silverstone for your leasing partner."

"6 months ago"

Lewis Higginson

Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

"2 months ago"

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"5 months ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

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"From initial enquiry, to keeping us informed of the car’s delivery progress, to the vehicle collection, the whole lease process with Ryan & the Silverstone Team was excellent. Myself and my partner have been really impressed by everything and hence have since recommended Silverstone to friends and family who are looking at leasing plans for later this year."

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