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Renault Arkana SUV - Reliability & safety

The Arkana uses familiar parts and has a five-star safety score

Carbuyer Rating

3.9 out of 5

Reliability and safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

There are some strong indications that Renault is on the up for reliability. Both the Renault Clio and Renault Captur have scored well with owners, so there's no reason the Arkana shouldn't prove as impressive.

Renault Arkana reliability

It’ll be a little while yet before we get a clear picture of how reliable the Renault Arkana is but the fact it shares so many parts with the Captur and Clio should calm any concerns you might have.

That's especially true thanks to the Clio coming 29th out of the top 75 models in our 2021 Driver Power owner survey, while the Captur also came a respectable 37th, beating many more expensive models. Both had strong scores for reliability and build quality.

As a manufacturer, Renault itself came 20th out of 29 manufacturers. While this isn't as impressive, the fact its newer models are performing well is a good sign. The Clio, Captur and Arkana all represent a big step forward in terms of interior fit and finish.

Safety

The Renault Arkana promises to protect its occupants in the event of a collision, with a glowing five-star safety score from Euro NCAP. It scored 96% and 83% for adult and child protection, and its standard safety features and protection of pedestrians and cyclists also gained good scores.

As well as the mandatory airbags, ISOFIX child-seat points and anti-lock brakes, Renault has included advanced safety features like autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assist, traffic sign recognition and an E-Call system that notifies the emergency services if you have an accident. Blind-spot monitoring is added on mid-range S Edition trim.

Many drivers will also be glad to see front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, automatic wipers and hill-start assist all fitted as standard too.

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.3 TCe Mild Hybrid 140 Iconic 5dr EDC
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £24,420

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 145 Iconic 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £25,450

Fastest

  • Name
    1.3 TCe Mild Hybrid 140 Iconic 5dr EDC
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £24,420

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