The all-new Renault Arkana SUV Coupe has been launched in Australia in three variants: Zen, Intens and R.S. Line. The R.S. Line won’t be here until January 2022.

Arkana sits in size between Renault’s other two SUVs, the compact Captur and the medium-large Koleos, and effectively replaces the previous Kadjar model.

A fully-opening sunroof is optional on the Intens and standard on the R.S Line.

Inside, there’s leather and suede upholstery in the Intens and R.S. Line. The driver and front passenger in these models have electrically adjustable, heated and ventilated seats

Renault’s Easy Link multimedia system is accessed via a driver-focused floating 9.3-inch portrait or 7.0-inch landscape central touchscreen.

Arkana has an Arkamys Auditorium Sound, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone replication and four USB ports. There’s wireless phone charging for the R.S. Line.

Renault tells us the Arkana can carry three adults comfortably in the back. This is something we will comment on as three in the rear frequently means there’s not a lot of room for the person in the middle seat. We will borrow an Arkana and check for ourselves as part of our road test review.

Boot volume is 485 litres and a split-level floor giving the choice of easy loading with the flat bottom, or maximising space with a deeper boot.

Arkana has a 1.3-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol with115kW, and 262Nm at 2,250rpm. It drives the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Driver assistance systems standard across the range including active emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, blind spot warning, easy park assist, and automatic high-low beam headlights.

The Easy Park Assist system has hands-free parking. Parking sensors in the front, rear, and side of the vehicle.

Rear cross traffic alert detects other vehicles as you reverse out of a parking space or driveway is standard on Intens and R.S. Line.

Occupant protection is provided by front and rear curtain airbags, and front and side chest airbags for the driver and front passenger.

Renault Arkana has received a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

Arkana is backed by Renault’s 5 Year Easy Life Ownership package. That’s 5 years unlimited kilometre warranty, five capped price services with an impressive 30,000km service interval between each, and five years roadside assistance when the services are done by an official Renault dealer.

Arkana Zen: $33,990
Arkana Intens: $37,490
Arkana R.S.: $40,990
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Renault dealer for drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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