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Renault Arkana SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Renault Arkana’s two powertrains offer decent fuel economy

Carbuyer Rating

3.9 out of 5

MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

4.0 out of 5

​Straight from launch, the Renault Arkana comes with electrification on both engine options. The range starts with a petrol engine with mild-hybrid assistance. This is a small battery mounted under the passenger seat that stores energy that would otherwise be lost during braking. That’s then used to assist the petrol engine, slightly improving fuel economy.

The E-Tech hybrid gets a bigger battery, although it’s still only 1.2kWh, so doesn’t give the option to drive on electric power alone for any great length of time. It also gets two electric motors and a 1.6-litre petrol engine – a combination that promises diesel-like fuel efficiency. Renault has no plans to offer a diesel version. There’s no plug-in hybrid or electric version yet, so if you’d like to take advantage of lower running costs or tax liability, it’s worth checking out the Captur plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or the Megane E-Tech Electric.

Renault’s claim of 58.9mpg seems achievable; our test-drive on faster roads returned over 53mpg, and staying at lower speeds would increase the fuel efficiency further still. That compares well to hybrid SUV rivals like the Kia Niro and the Toyota C-HR. Buyers of the mild-hybrid version can expect up to 48.7mpg, so neither engine will prove expensive to run.

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All models are subject to the lower rate of VED (road tax). Meanwhile, CO2 emissions stand at just 111-112g/km for the hybrid (131-133g/km for the mild-hybrid), so it offers a reasonable Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rating for company-car drivers. Due to the way that plug-in hybrid and electric cars are incentivised for business users, Renault’s other electrified SUVs are even more appealing for this group, however.

Insurance groups

Insurance groups for the Arkana are similar to the Renault Captur, which starts in group 13 and rises to 17 out of 50. The E-Tech version is cheaper to insure, sitting in group 14 for the Iconic model and 15 for the RS Line. The mild-hybrid petrol model is in group 18 or 19, depending on which trim is chosen.

Servicing

A three-year service plan is around £500 and can be paid in one go or in monthly instalments, making it easier to spread the cost of maintenance. Look out for deals with servicing plans included or discounted to save yourself money when it’s time for scheduled maintenance.

Warranty

Like every new Renault sold in the UK, the Arkana benefits from a generous five-year/100,000-mile warranty, with an unlimited-mileage clause for the first two years. The battery in the E-Tech version is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles, and Renault will replace it if it drops below 63% of its original capacity during the cover period. Renault also provides 12 years’ cover against anti-corrosion and three years’ cover for paintwork.

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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