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Renault Arkana review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

Hybrid model offers low running costs, but the Arkana is a pricey car to buy

With only two engines to choose from, the choice is pretty simple when it comes to running costs. The Arkana E-Tech hybrid model is the best option for low emissions - and company car tax - and returns better fuel economy as well. 

It emits 111g/km of CO2 and sits in the 26 per cent tax bracket for business users. A like-for-like petrol model emits 131g/km of CO2 and so it sits in the 30 per cent bracket, which means it costs hundreds of pounds more for company drivers to tax.

If you’re a private buyer, the hybrid’s fuel economy of 57.6mpg is again clearly more appealing than the petrol model’s 48.7mpg - though the latter figure is still pretty good for a petrol, even a mild-hybrid one. During our own test of the Arkana E-Tech hybrid we managed an average of 50.7mpg, which means a realistic range from the 50-litre tank should be well over 500 miles.

It’s worth noting that the hybrid model is a traditional hybrid with a small 1.2kWh battery, not a plug-in. This means you can only drive on electric power for a very short distance, and the engine and regenerative brakes are what charges the battery, not an external source.

Insurance groups

The Arkana range starts with the Iconic model, which sits in insurance group 18 for the 1.3-litre petrol model and 14 for the hybrid version, which is likely because it’s not as fast. Move up to S Edition and the insurance groups go up to 18 and 15 for these models respectively. Finally, the R.S. Line versions sit in groups 19 and 15 respectively. In comparison, the Mazda CX-30 range spans groups 12 to 21.

Depreciation

The potential niche appeal of the Arkana may help Renault’s coupe-SUV to hold onto its value a little better than other models in the French manufacturer’s lineup. Our data suggests that the Arkana should retain around 54 per cent of its list price over a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period. This a healthy figure, but is still a little short of rivals such as the Toyota C-HR which pushes towards 59 per cent for its GR-Sport versions, and the Mazda CX-30 with average residuals of 55-60 per cent over the same three-year period.

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