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Renault Arkana Hybrid 145 E-Tech test: not so rational

Riding on the success of his brand new Coupe SUV, Arkana, Renault is now adding a hybrid engine. Inherited Renault Clio and Captur, with which the Arkana shares its platform, the system uses the famous diamond clutch box. With the key, beautiful promises of smoothness of use and fuel savings. But now, this Renault Arkana E-Tech 145 is billed € 1,500 more than an equivalent 140 hp Arkana micro-hybrid. Is the game worth the (dear) candle? Answer in our video essay :

Always so successful inside

Based on the Captur, the Renault Arkana also inherits it a good part of the interior. With its weaknesses, like a little insufficient width for an SUV of this size or the absence of climatisation bi-zone. But also its strengths: the presentation certainly does not fill the eyes, but is very serious and the ergonomics really successful. At the rear, the reception is sufficient despite the cut line, but we would have appreciated a little more legroom given the total length of the Arkana. Finally, the trunk remains generous for the category, but loses a few liters of volume, to settle at 484 L.

At the wheel of the Arkana hybrid: smoothness, but performance at half mast

In town and at normal pace, the whole is remarkably smooth. Reports go smoothly, and the electric mode often engages in town. The thermal four-cylinder also knows how to show itself rather discreet

. The approval is well in progress compared to the thermal engine 140 ch. But it gets worse when you raise your voice, during reminders or on the highway. The hybrid system can no longer keep pace, and the 94 hp engine is then just right facing the high mass (1,476 kg measured by us).

Consumption: a false good idea?

Consumption level, obviously, the hybrid version is much more convincing than its thermal equivalent. Labo Auto Plus has it measured at 6 L / 100 km in the city, or 1.8 L less than for the thermal 140 hp! On average, consumption is 6.3 L / 100 km, i.e. one liter less than for the 140 hp.

It’s not bad, but here it is: an average liter is very long to amortize. With € 1,500 difference between the two versions, the calculation is simple: if gasoline is invoiced at 1.50 € per liter, you will need 100,000 km for this Arkana E-Tech 145 to take on its full meaning. AT reserve for heavy rollers therefore, or to those who do a lot of town.

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