Inventing a new type of car is the best way to make a car that is top-of-the-line.
It was originally a four-door coupe in the original Mercedes CLS; it was also done by the Nissan Juke as an SUV-sized B-segment. The Renault Arkana is a crossover-coupe that offers more versatility than the B-segment and not nearly as much as the C-segment.
Few people will be able to define their next small family car in such a specific way. There are many options if you don’t care about the Arkana’s unique, sloping-roof SUV design. While the Captur and the Nissan Juke are cheaper, they sacrifice some interior space. You can afford a higher-end SUV such as the Hyundai Tucson or Nissan Qashqai if you increase your budget.
The Arkana is now subject to our complete road test in order to determine if it offers a new compromise between interior space and size for crossover breeds or a mess of disparate cues. We also find out if the E-Tech hybrid powertrain performs as well as a plug-in hybrid in full hybrid mode as the Megane.
A glance at the Arkana lineup
Renault claims that the Arkana was its first all-hybrid car. Although the E-Tech is a hybrid, the Renault 1.3 TCe engine has been a standard in Renault’s engine lineups for many years. It is only available with an EDC dual clutch automatic in the Arkana. You can choose from one of three trims for both versions: Iconic or S-Edition, and RS Line.