"The Renault Laguna Coupe's smart looks and rarity give it appeal, as does the impressive range of engines."
Stylish and powerful, the Laguna Coupe represents Renault's attempt to compete with prestige coupes from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Its rarity adds to its appeal, as does the impressive range of high performance engines. But while this car has plenty to recommend it, the Renault badge doesn’t match the appeal of its German competitors. Generous standard equipment and an enjoyable drive go some way to compensate, but despite the car's many positive qualities, the Laguna Coupe remains a leftfield choice solely for committed fans of the marque.
With light steering and supple suspension, entry-level versions of the Laguna Coupé are better described as cruisers than out-and-out sports cars. Keener drivers will get the most from GT models, which are equipped with a clever rear-wheel steering system and firmer suspension settings. These modifications transform the Laguna Coupe into a far more agile car.
The GT's firm suspension reduces comfort, but many owners will accept that for the greater control and stability at higher speeds. Space inside is good, and even the rear passengers have decent legroom. However, headroom is tight - a trade off for that stylish sloping coupe roofline.
The Laguna Coupe feels sturdily built, and like the hatchback and Sport Tourer estate versions, cabin quality is particularly impressive. The car offers driver, passenger and side airbags, electronic stability control and traction control. In this year's Driver Power survey, many Laguna owners highlighted electrical issues.
With space to seat four in reasonable comfort, the Laguna Coupe is one of the more practical cars in the premium coupe class. The boot is big for a coupe, but access to it is hindered by a high lip and narrow opening. The rear seats fold flat to offer additional space.
Value for money
The 2.0 dCi model is competitively priced. All versions of the Laguna Coupe are very generously specified, with even the entry-level 150bhp 2.0 dCi model featuring dual-zone climate control and satellite navigation among its standard equipment.
The entry-level 2.0 dCi version offers a lot of equipment and is competitively priced. Running costs are reasonable and an official combined fuel consumption figure of 47.1mpg helps keep fuel costs low.