Renault Laguna Coupe review (2008-2012)

The stylish Laguna Coupe aimed to revive the model’s fortunes - but never quite delivered

Overall Auto Express Rating

1.0 out of 5

  • Elegant styling, agile handling, strong performance
  • Unimaginative cabin, unsettled ride

Slow sales forced Renault to cut the Laguna Coupe from its line up late in 2011. Although the car attracted plenty of admirers for its looks, its sub-premium badge and bland interior meant it was never really able to compete with rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Audi TT.

Engines, performance and drive

Out on theroad, the Renault manages to back up its great looks with a fine driving experience. The secret to the car’s ability is the firm’s hi-tech 4Control four-wheel steering system. At low speeds the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction as the fronts, dramatically reducing the car’s turning circle. Go faster and the back wheels point into the corner, increasing agility, grip and the Laguna’s speed through bends. However, the steering could do with more feedback and the low speed ride is a little too firm. Entry-level petrol and diesel models get a traditional two-wheel steering set-up.

MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

Unlike other models in Renault’s line-up, the Coupe doesn’t benefit from great value pricing. Fortunately, the French firm hasn’t skipped on kit and all versions come well equipped. Sadly, this doesn’t make up for poor residuals of between 35 and 40 percent. Cost conscious buyers will be best off with the 148bhp 2.0-litre oil-burner, which produces 155g/km of CO2 and returns 47.9mpg.

Interior, design and technology

When it comes to buying a coupe, then style sells. In this respect, the Renault should have been a sales hit. The nose takes its cues from the humble hatch, but from the windscreen back the Laguna gets bespoke sheet metal. 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. Step inside and the good news continues. Yes, most of the interior has been lifted from the Laguna hatch, but quality is excellent and the leather seats are supremely comfortable. There is room for two adults in the back and practicality is boosted by a large boot. Overall the feel is bland and unimaginative, though.

Practicality, comfort and boot space

Despite its rakish exterior, the Laguna’s cabin is actually very accommodating. Individual rear chairs mean the Renault is a strict four-seater, but all occupants get decent head and legroom. There’s also a 423-litre load bay and the rear bench has a 50/50 split and fold facility. Sadly, the interior lacks the bespoke feel of a true coupe, as the dashboard is lifted straight of the hatchback. There’s little wrong with the quality of the fixtures and fittings, but even with the GT’s standard leather trim the Coupe doesn’t feel special inside. All models get climate control, Bluetooth connection and xenon headlamps.

Reliability and Safety

With a reputation for securing five star EuroNCAP awards, Renault will have made sure the Coupe is safe. All versions get six airbags, electronic stability control and xenon headlamps. For an extra £250, there’s the option of an electronic tyre pressure monitoring system. If you want to minimise any environmental impact, then steer clear of the V6-engined models. The petrol car is the least efficient, returning 28.2mpg and producing top VED tax band CO2 emissions of 238g/km.

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