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Renault Laguna Coupe GT 3.0D V6 review




The coupe is a strange beast. Despite the fact that coupes are often based on more mundane saloon models, these cars are all about emotion rather than practicality. The coupe may represent style over substance to some, but there are many that would rather have a smile on their face than a bit more luggage and rear seat space. I've got to say that I fall into the former group, and even though I have a young daughter and another child on the way, neither of my cars have four doors. I'm not saying that practicality isn't important to me, it's just not that important to me.

The Renault Laguna Coupe definitely looks the part - this is a very handsome car that gets more than its fair share of admiring glances from other motorists and passers by. Many in the TrustedReviews office commented that the rear quarter (arguably its best angle) was reminiscent of an Aston Martin, and you can't get much more of a compliment than that! In profile this car is every inch a coupe, with smooth, flowing lines and a shape that looks as though it will glide through the air. The front-on angle isn't quite as successful, but it's by no means ugly.

Renault offers two basic versions of this car, the Coupe and the Coupe GT, with the latter offering a plethora of extra bells and whistles as standard. There's also a range of engines on offer from a 2.0l turbo petrol lump all the way to a 3.0l V6 diesel option. There's also a 3.5l V6 petrol engine, but this falls into the higher road tax band, which will cost you a whopping £400 per year! Considering that the V6 diesel pumps out only 5bhp less than the 3.5l petrol engine, turns in far superior fuel consumption and will cost only £210 a year to tax, it's clear which V6 option makes the most sense.

Renault is clearly aware of the compelling argument for diesel power and supplied me with a 3.0l V6 diesel car, stacked to the gills with every technological gizmo from the options list. And of course it's all the technology that Renault has squeezed into the Laguna Coupe that's of real interest here at TrustedReviews. So, is the Laguna Coupe as clever on the inside as it is stylish on the outside? There's only one way to find out.

Martin Daler

March 25, 2009, 3:38 am

Riyad, nice to read up about the gadgets and how they actually work in practice. Good to see your own illustrative photos as well, much more informative than the usual press pack shots.

But seriously, is anyone ever going to put 㿊k in a Renault? I don't mean to be cruel, but wouldn't a document shredder be more convenient?


March 25, 2009, 4:41 pm

As I said, you’re going to seriously want something a bit different to consider one of these over a smaller engined 3 Series. It’s a bold move from Renault to move into the luxury coupe market, and there’s a lot to like about the car, but there’s no doubt that it’s going to have a tough time in that market.

I’m going to get the new Megane Coupe out of Renault next I think. Plus the new Clio with TomTom sat-nav should be on the cards later in the year - both should be interesting.

Peter 14

March 25, 2009, 8:59 pm

Riyad. Just wanted to say, nice review, especially on the tech side. The Laguna coupe was definitely lacking a review like that before.

I just wanted to ask, how was the A2DP sound quality through the Bose speakers?

As far as I know, instead of the RCA inputs in the centre, there will be the "Plug&Music" terminal (on page 21 http://www.motorportal.com/ren... also located in the centre console storage box, with a USB and AUX-in jack. I think the "TunePoint system" (http://www.renault.co.uk/Resou..., which you mentioned in the review, is actually a connection box which fits in the glove box (dealer installed) and (I might be wrong), I remember reading somewhere, that for some reason it is not compatible with the Carmiat 3 3D (top spec sat nav).

Either way, enough of my tech neediness, once again great review!


March 30, 2009, 7:55 pm

@Peter - I’m afraid that the A2DP is the one thing that I didn’t get around to testing, which is why I merely mentioned its presence rather than discussing its performance. Unfortunately I use an iPhone which (currently) doesn’t support A2DP, so I couldn’t test it with the phone I have with me all the time. Although I have other phones knocking around, every time I remembered that I wanted to test A2DP, I wasn’t in the office and only had the iPhone handy.

Theoretically though, it shouldn’t sound any different from playing back an MP3 on a CD, since the same decoding hardware will be used in both instances.

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