Renault Arkana review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Renault Arkana has a roomy interior and a big boot, so it’s more practical than it looks
It’s hard to gauge the Renault Arkana’s size in pictures, but it rivals the Citroen C4 and Toyota C-HR, so it’s technically a mid-size SUV with coupe-like styling. This means it’s a pretty practical car, with plenty of interior space and a big boot.
Sometimes models that are based on SUVs but have a more coupe-like look, can be less practical than their plain SUV cousins, so it’s good to know that the Arkana mixes style and space quite well.
The Arkana uses the CMF-B platform just like the Captur, but at 4,568mm long and 1,821mm wide, it’s quite a bit larger than that car. The Captur is 4,227mm long and 1,797mm wide, so the Arkana is only a little wider overall but quite a bit longer. At 1,571mm tall, it’s quite raised-up and this added to the high driving position will appeal to some buyers.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
This means there’s more room inside - we reckon you’ll fit two six-foot passengers in the back, and they won’t struggle for headroom too much. This is unlike some of its rivals, such as the Toyota C-HR, which is a little cramped in the back.
Access is fine and the seats are comfortable, so the Arkana is good for carrying passengers despite the sloping roofline at the rear - and since it’s like a larger Captur in the front, there’s no issue with space there.
The boot space in the Arkana depends on which model you choose. The hybrid car has 480 litres with the rear seats up and if you fold them down this expands to 1,263 litres. This is larger than the 358-1,102-litre area in the Toyota C-HR.
Yet if you choose the petrol model you get an impressive 513 litres with the seats up and 1,296 litres with them down, so the Arkana is one of the most spacious coupe-SUVs of its type when it comes to luggage capacity. There’s even an extra 28 litres of space under the boot floor in this model.
In this review
- 1Renault Arkana reviewThe new Renault Arkana is a stylish-looking coupe-SUV, but the French manufacturer’s other SUVs outshine it
- 2Engines, performance and driveThere are petrol-only and petrol-hybrid models available, both with an automatic gearbox as standard
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsHybrid model offers low running costs, but the Arkana is a pricey car to buy
- 4Interior, design and technologyInterior quality is a let-down in the Arkana, which costs more than a Captur but looks very similar inside
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe Renault Arkana has a roomy interior and a big boot, so it’s more practical than it looks
- 6Reliability and safetySafety kit is very good, while the Arkana comes with five-year warranty cover, too