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Renault Arkana Review

Written by Allan Noble · 22/10/21

The Renault Arkana 2021 model is a new hybrid in Renault's range. Officially known as the e-tech hybrid, this version of the Arkana is still based on the CMF-B platform that Renault uses for the Clio V and the Captur II. Two versions of the Renault Arkana are being made. The first is a turbocharged 1.3 litre petrol engine with a mild hybrid electric support that the petrol engine being turned off when the car is idle. The other is the e-tech hybrid which features a 1.6 litre petrol engine and full hybrid functionality. It is this version of the Arkana, available from Sep 2021, that is the subject of this review.

Summary

To summarise the Renault Arkana, you'd have to first begin with the fact that this is a stylish coupe SUV that looks good even among stiff competition from the BMW X4 or the Mercedes GLC. The big difference the Arkana Renault has is that it is priced more cheaply than many of its competitors. This is the case whether you are looking at the mild hybrid version of the car or the full hybrid system and twin electric motors. Power is sent to the front wheels of the car via a six-speed clutchless transmission which may feel a little clunky at first but this is rarely a problem when you are in cruise control. Overall, the 2021 Renault Arkana is great for anyone who wants a hybrid that will provide a boost when on the open road while offering superb fuel efficiency in town. In short, the Arkana offers something for everyone except, perhaps, the driving purist.

Range, Charging, & Emissions

To begin with, the e-tech Renault Arkana has a very modest range indeed. It comes equipped with a lowly 1.2 kWh battery which is only powerful enough to provide up to 3 km of range on electric power alone. The point about the small battery compared to many other hybrids is that it is there to help with fuel economy rather than to provide electric-only power. The design of both the full and the mild hybrid has been to produce a coupe SUV that uses as little fossil fuel as possible in a range of different driving situations.

As such, you cannot plug the Arkana in to charge it up. instead, every cell in the battery pack is charged via the car's forward motion. According to Renault, this means the car will produce just 4.8 l per 100 km and 108 g of CO2 per km in ideal conditions. As most in depth reviews will point out, this is one of the key selling points of the Arkana, something that thousands of consumers in Asia and continental Europe have already bought into.

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