Pricing starts at just under £27,000 and runs up to just under £31,500; there's now a choice of three trim levels - 'Evolution', 'Techno' and 'Esprit Alpine'. For our market, Renault now only offers the E-Tech hybrid 145 petrol unit, a full-hybrid.
All Arkanas also get 'LED Performance' headlamps with C-shaped LED daytime running lights, plus diamond-cut alloy wheels of at least 17-inches in size, tinted rear windows, all-round parking sensors with a reversing camera, cruise control with a speed limiter, keyless entry and auto lights and wipers. Inside, there's automatic air conditioning , along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-mirroring and a 6-speaker Arkamys DAB sound system. With base trim, the instrument and centre screens are both 7.0-inches in size. Further up the range, the centre monitor measures 9.3-inches and the instrument display is 10-inches.
As before, all versions of the Arkana have a pretty comprehensive suite of active safety features, as you'll discover from a glance at the 'Driving assistance' part of the centre screen's 'Settings' menu. Here, you can see the main camera safety items - 'Active Braking' (with pedestrian and cyclist detection), 'Lane Departure Warning' (with 'Lane Keep Assist' active steering), Traffic Sign Recognition (with speed alerts), a 'Following Distance' indicator and 'Fatigue Detection', which will alert you to stop for a restorative coffee if sensors determine from your reactions that you're getting drowsy. Avoid base trim and you also get Blind Spot Warning (which stops you from dangerously pulling out in front of another vehicle) and 'Rear Cross Traffic Alert' (which makes reversing out of a parking space safer by letting the driver know if another vehicle's approaching from the left or right).