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Test the views and dimensions of the Renault Arkana 1.3 TCe RS Line EDC technical sheet

Excellent multimedia, discreet ‘climate’

Dashboard and controls
Note the derivation of Renault Arkana From the smaller Captur, in the seats and in the dashboard. But that’s not a bad thing, because the style is modern, the controls are well arranged and the finishes are (almost always) elegant. The tone is made more sporty with the raised central tunnel and many RS line specific details. We’re talking about the big extras that simulate in a rather realistic way the carbon fibres, the red stitching, the leather upholstery, the Alcantara seats and the exposed aluminum pedals. Digital dashboard. It is a pity that the 10-inch screen of the tested car has been replaced in the latest samples, due to the chip crunch and the resulting supply problems, with a 7-inch (always clearly visible, but less customizable and sportier) screen taken from the Captur .

The dashboard graphics and color (there are eight to choose from) of the slim LED lights that run the length of the dashboard and front doors are changed from the driver-facing head-up center display. Automatic ‘climate’ Renault Arkana It’s powerful, but only in one area, and the dashboard vents have no independent flow control. A very valid multimedia system, which has everything as standard except for hi-fi from the Bose specialist with nine speakers. The 9.3″ screen is responsive and customizable thanks to icons and widgets (small animated cards or with basic commands) that can be positioned as desired. There is no shortage of browser, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the software updates automatically and without payment, by downloading data from the web via the internal SIM card.

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Living
The tapered roof shape is deceptive, because the passenger compartment in Renault Arkana It is really spacious, especially in the back: the sofa is wide and there are many centimeters for the legs and head. The comfortable seats are electrically adjustable (the driver’s seat is also in the lumbar region) and the slim headrests help with visibility from the side. The sofa provides excellent comfort on the sides, while in the middle it is stiff and a little high. It introduced a retractable central armrest, three lighting points, and large pockets in the doors and behind the seats. The cabinet also has two slots (with non-adjustable temperature) and two USB ports.

Box
The loading mouth is wide (but opens 78 cm from the ground), there is a lot of space and the platform can stand at two different heights: the difference is 15 cm. Even when it is down, the lower part (there is a slant bracket) connects to a reclining sofa. There are large gaps on the sides, but no hooks or an opening through the sofa; The finishes are subtle and the angular metal block of the lock on the tailgate is very noticeable (those who are tall risk hitting it in the head). If desired, there is room for the spare wheel (optional) in the compartment under the main wheel.

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