Which of the Two Renault SUVs Should You Choose?

Which of the Two Renault SUVs Should You Choose?

Renault played his Arkana instrument beautifully. Due to the popularity of its coupe line, which was one of the first of its sort among mass-market manufacturers, this SUV has been able to hasten Kadjar’s retirement.

And all for a reasonable price, as the Renault Arkana is constructed on the maximum platform version of the Clio and Captur, which is naturally less expensive than the higher platform version of the old Kadjar and the new Renault Austral.

The hesitation between the two Renault SUVs is more acceptable given that the Renault Arkana extends its coupe line over 4.57 meters, 6 centimeters higher than the Renault Austral. The order of the range is not strictly adhered to, as the lengthier of the two is also the cheapest (from 31,300 € for the 1.3 TCE 140 EDC7 mild-hybrid), whereas the Renault Austral is not available for less than 33,400 € for the 1.2 TCE 130ch mild-hybrid with manual transmission.

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The internal competition continues, despite the fact that the newcomer can justify its high status with its hybrid versions of 160 and 200 horsepower (from $ 39,900), and the Renault Arkana is confined to the E-Tech with 145 horsepower (from €32,900).

If these disparities in power – and price – can already steer your decision based on your wants and preferences, then some serious reasons can tip the scales in either direction. Because the lowest of the two prices does not totally exclude the family home. Its expanded Captur chassis provides it a wheelbase of 2.72 meters, compared to merely 2.62 meters for the Renault Astral, which is sufficient to provide adults with ample legroom in the rear seats.

Seat slide for Renault Austral

The Renault Austral’s seat that slides more than 16 centimeters allows for the trunk to be extended if necessary.

The Renault Austral’s seat that slides more than 16 centimeters allows for the trunk to be extended if necessary.

Surprisingly, while having a shorter wheelbase by 5 centimeters, the Renault Austral offers an additional 7 centimeters and, on the second Techno equipment level, a bench seat that moves over 16 centimeters. Adjust the distance between the rear passengers and the trunk when traveling on vacation.

So, if the Renault Arkana has 410 dm3 under the shelf and the Renault Austral has just 320 Dm3 (with the option of a space-saving wheel), the Renault Austral may boost its cargo capacity to 400 dm3 by extending its back seat forward, almost as much as the Renault Arkana… Moreover, the Renault Austral gives 7 cm to the Renault Arkana’s legroom, so the rear passengers are naturally more cramped in this instance.

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At the wheel, in addition to the variations in engine ranges – the Renault Arkana has no manual transmission and only three engines with 140 to 160 horsepower – the Renault Austral handles better than the Renault Arkana due to its more direct steering and smaller steering wheel diameter.

It is undoubtedly a pricier option (€ 1,800) for the 160 and 200-horsepower Renault Austral Hybrids with multi-link rear axles, but it also gives the vehicle lower turning radiuses. Small SUVs with outstanding agility on twisty roads.

In terms of comfort, it’s a white-white-white hat and a white hat, as the suspension in both cases absorbs major imperfections well but struggles to filter out little ones. Consequently, we end up shaking, particularly at low speeds and along the road’s margins.

In terms of entertainment, Renault Austral has the upper hand.

Renault Austral’s Megane E-Tech dashboard provides access to enhanced information via the Google Cars system.

Renault Austral’s Megane E-Tech dashboard provides access to enhanced information via the Google Cars system.

However, there is another area in which the newer of the two vehicles is plainly superior, and that is on-board furniture and entertainment. It’s not that the Arkana is ancient or out of the current, and its dashboard is essentially identical to that of the Captur, where the 7 or 9.3-inch touchscreen sits atop the dash (the latter is better and more responsive), with device-specific navigation integration and easy-to-learn ergonomics.

Taking the Mégane E-Tech dashboard, however, the Renault Austral is more current with its two huge digital panels and Google Automotive-powered touchscreen in graphical format.

As with a smartphone, the operation is intuitive and extremely intuitive, and the most powerful voice command allows you to manage nearly all features (radio, music, GPS, etc.) without taking your hands off the wheel, neither the steering wheel nor the eye road Obviously, this is a significant improvement over the Renault Arkana system. And some may choose Austral for this reason alone, especially after experiencing it. It is up to you to decide based on your tastes… and your budget!