What is it?
The march of the SUV continues. First it was the likes of BMW and Mercedes who chopped the back out of a regular one and called it a coupé SUV, and now it’s the turn of the French with the Arkana. Renault claims it as a first for a mainstream manufacturer, but we’d argue the Nissan Juke and Toyota C-HR could baggsy the sector as well.
It certainly looks good enough to carry it off, moulding Renault’s recent face with jacked up ride height and sloping rear boot to good effect.
Inside it’s equally as impressive, with a neat body-coloured flash running all the way round the front interior. Build quality seems good and the mix of physical buttons (for the climate control) and 9.3-inch touchscreen is effective.
Importantly for a coupé SUV, the rear head and legroom isn’t too compromised. You have to duck your head getting in - imagine you’re being arrested by the police - but once you’re there it’s a roomy place to be. The boot is also pretty deep and runs to 513 litres but it lacks height, even allowing for the two-layer floor.