Renault Laguna coupe (2007-2012)
- Sharp styling and practicality
- Generous standard specification
- Great economy from the diesel engines
- Resale values not as good as premium rivals'
- Sloping roof limits rear headroom
- Interior and dashboard identical to standard hatchback
"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.
MPG, running costs & CO2
Running costs are reasonable
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.
Interior & comfort
Firm suspension offers high speed stability
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.
Practicality & boot space
The Laguna Coupe is one of the more practical cars in its class
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.
Reliability & safety
Cabin quality is particularly impressive
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.
Engines, drive & performance
Keen drivers will get the most from GT models
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.
Price, value for money & options
All versions of the Laguna Coupe are generously specified
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.
What the others say
Beautiful looks; classy, high quality feel; good range of engines; 4 Control 4 wheel steer works well. Serious rival to A5 and 3 Series coupes.
Elegant rather than sporty, the Laguna Coupe is also generously equipped and has a well built cabin. It's much better to drive than the standard Laguna and top-spec GT versions come with hi-tech 4Control four-wheel steer making them more agile on the road.
With its flowing lines, low roofline and Aston Martin inspired tail, the French car certainly turns heads. All versions get 18-inch alloy rims and xenon headlamps, while range-topping GT models add hi-tech 4Control four-wheel steering.
The Renault Laguna hatch has been a great ambassador for the notion that ‘looks aren’t everything’, teaming a wilfully awkward, quirky exterior with polished, middle-of-the-road sensibilities that, judged solely on merit, would probably pull in more customers.
Last updated: 28 Jun 2013