Auto Plus takes the wheel of Renault’s first coupe SUV.

Funny concept, that the “SUV coupe“. But with their more dynamic lines, these new models have found their audience. Until then, they were there.prerogative of German premiums : BMW X4, Porsche Cayenne Coupé, Mercedes GLC Coupé … They rushed into the breach, and with success.

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But at a more accessible level, nothing. Until Renault decides to import its Arkana into Europe! But beware, our Arkana has little to do with the Arkana which comes from Russia: the latter uses the technique of the Dacia Duster, when the Arkana takes over the underside of the Renault Captur. For what result behind the wheel? We tell you everything on video :

Really sporty, this coupe SUV?

If Renault promotes a sporty SUV, more dynamic, especially in the RS Line finish, this is not really the case in reality. The performances are good in the segment average (9.8s from 0 to 100 km / h), and the 1.3 TCe 140 has from the respondent, especially at low revs. But the compromise of the suspensions and the EDC double clutch gearbox leans rather on the side of comfort only dynamism. But ultimately, that’s probably what his future customers will ask him. Especially since the 1.3L micro-hybrid is rather frugal and silent, especially at low revs. The more athletic will wait the future 160 hp engine, available later in the year.

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