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Renault Arkana SUV - Interior & comfort

You get a high-quality, high-spec interior in the Renault Arkana SUV

Carbuyer Rating

3.9 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

4.0 out of 5

​Perhaps you’ve already seen the interior of the new Renault Captur or Clio and, if so, the Arkana’s cabin will be instantly familiar. Nearly all of it is carried straight over, and higher-spec models feature an eye-catching portrait touchscreen that boasts impressive screen resolution.

Like the Clio and Captur, the material quality is better than Renaults of old. The soft-touch surfaces are welcome and the quality puts some more expensive rivals to shame. However, some buyers spending upwards of £30,000 for a top-spec Arkana may be disappointed that the same interior is available in a significantly cheaper supermini. 

We found the ride quality of our R.S. Line test car was disappointing, although it was left-hand drive, which means you feel more of the potholes and manhole covers at the side of the road. Renault appears to have gone for a sporty feel (albeit without managing to create a sporty driving experience) but most families are likely to prefer the smooth ride of the Citroen C4, which has much softer suspension.

Equipment

The Arkana misses out on the basic trim you get in the Clio and Captur, instead starting with the Iconic model that has been a mid-range trim on other Renault models. That means the level of standard equipment is very good, with all cars getting LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, cruise control and a seven-inch touchscreen display with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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S Edition brings the bigger screen and sat nav, plus larger wheels, ambient lighting and auto high-beam assistance. Top-spec RS Line adds electric heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, automated parking and sporty styling inside and out.

Options

The optional extras available to choose depend on the trim level you go for. Iconic buyers can only add metallic paint and a spare wheel, while on S Edition you can also pick a black roof, a sunroof, hands-free parking and packs that include additional driver assistance features or leather upholstery and heated seats. RS Line comes with the latter pack as standard, but allows you to add a Bose sound system instead.

Technology

Renault’s 9.3-inch touchscreen doesn’t look too different from the screen fitted in the latest Mercedes S-Class – one of the most technologically advanced cars on sale. The Renault system not only looks great but is quick to load and pretty intuitive to use. Few mainstream carmakers have a system that works so well, although we expect many customers will still prefer to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to send their phone’s apps to the car’s screen.It's worth noting though that these can’t fill the display because of its portrait layout.

While not available initially, a digital instrument cluster will be forthcoming in the next few months, replacing the normal dials with a configurable screen.

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.3 TCe Mild Hybrid 140 Iconic 5dr EDC
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £24,810

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 145 Iconic 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £26,040

Fastest

  • Name
    1.3 TCe Mild Hybrid 140 Iconic 5dr EDC
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £24,810

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