Renault Arkana E-TECH Hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
A solid, functional cabin is one of the Arkana’s redeeming features, however, it’s the same cabin you’ll find in almost all modern Renaults
The Arkana’s well built interior is one of the car’s strongest features – it's nearly identical to the Captur and electric ZOE’s cabins. Overall, it feels solid and functional, with physical switches and a set of rotary dials for the climate control up front, as opposed to touch-sensitive sliders. However, it must be said similarly stylish models like the Mazda MX-30 boast far better material quality.
Renault Arkana E-TECH dashboard
Under the touchscreen are 'piano-key' switches for the driving modes, as well as a trio of rotary dials for the climate control with built-in displays, which are easy to adjust on the move. While there’s little to complain about with the Arkana’s dashboard, it feels solid and functional rather than flashy, so it’s by no means the best interior in its class.
The cabin design is the same you’ll find in almost all modern Renaults, from the ZOE electric supermini to the Clio and Megane hatchbacks. Only the recently unveiled Megane E-TECH Electric crossover promises something new in this department.
Equipment, options & accessories
The Arkana E-TECH is available in three trim levels: Iconic, S Edition and R.S. Line. Iconic cars come with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a 4.2-inch driver’s information display and seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
S Edition builds on the entry-level spec with 18-inch alloys, a 9.3-inch touchscreen, a seven-inch driver’s display, adaptive cruise control and a leather steering wheel, while top-of-the-range R.S. Line cars get sportier exterior styling, including a new front bumper, R.S. leather and suede heated sports seats, a heated steering wheel and a hands-free parking system.
There are a few optional extras available on certain versions of the Arkana, including an openable sunroof, the Winter Pack (that includes a heated steering wheel and front seats) and Renault Easy Drive (which features adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane-centring).
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
Entry-level Arkanas get a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, while higher-spec models like the one we tested feature a 10-inch unit. Like all infotainment systems that rely solely on a touchscreen, it can be hard to navigate while on the move, and it’s not the slickest system on the market, but works well overall. All Arkanas get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, too.
In This Review
- 1VerdictRenault’s full-hybrid coupe-SUV may not have the performance to match its sporty styling, but it's well equipped and has fuel economy to rival the best diesels
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsWhile not as efficient as a plug-in hybrid, the Arkana can still return decent fuel economy when you’re relying more on the electric motors than the petrol engine
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Arkana has a lengthy warranty, reasonable insurance ratings and manageable company-car tax rates, although a plug-in hybrid will be even cheaper to run
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Arkana E-TECH’s engine and transmission stand out as its biggest weak points, despite its efficiency and how refined it feels in electric mode
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingA solid, functional cabin is one of the Arkana’s redeeming features, however, it’s the same cabin you’ll find in almost all modern Renaults
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Arkana is unusual in the sense that it offers decent practicality, including a good-sized boot, despite a rakish roofline
- 7Reliability & safety ratingRenault’s performance in the most recent Driver Power survey, and the Arkana's five-star Euro NCAP score, are reassuring