Renault Laguna Coupe GT 3.0D V6 - Comfort

By Riyad Emeran


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If the prime factor for any Coupe is to look good, the second most important point is that it needs to be comfortable. The GT spec Laguna Coupe comes with full leather interior as standard, and the test car also included electrically adjustable seats. You also get heated seats, although it took me a while to find the controls.

When I first got into the car the heated seat was switched on and no amount of scanning the centre console or dash revealed a switch to turn it off. I eventually noticed the switch the next time I climbed into the car - it's actually on the seat base, near the adjustment buttons. Not a bad position - once you know it's there of course.

Finding the heated seat control isn't easy at first, but once you know it's there, it's not a problem

If you do a lot of motorway miles, you'll be glad of the cruise control and speed limiter features, especially in these times of over zealous 'safety' cameras. The switches for cruise control and the speed limiter are on the centre console next to the parking brake. The limits can then be set using buttons built into the steering wheel - which, incidentally is one of the best I've ever held.

The cruise control and speed limiter switch is located to the left of the parking brake

On the subject of the steering wheel; Renault has made sure that the amount of turning is kept to a minimum thanks to the implementation of four-wheel steering. The 4Control system comes as standard on the GT spec Laguna Coupes, and brings with it a combination of low speed manoeuvrability and high speed stability. The basic premise is that at lower speeds the rear wheels turn the opposite direction to the front wheels, allowing the car to pivot and reduce the turning circle. At higher speeds though, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels, aiding stability through the bends. Four-wheel steering has been around for a while, but it's still good to see it implemented, especially on a relatively long car.

As well as seat heating, the Laguna Coupe also gets dual zone climate control, which allows the driver and passenger to set different temperatures. This is nothing new, but it's one of those incredibly useful features, especially if your partner gets cold really easily and you get hot too quickly - as is the case with myself and my wife. The controls are mounted in the centre dash, with simple dual temperature displays, and an up/down switch to make adjustments.

Continuing to make the driver's life easier are automatic Xenon headlights, automatic windscreen wipers and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. Pretty much everything you'd expect from an executive coupe in fact, but no less welcome. The auto-dimming rear view mirror is one option box that I always make sure I tick when speccing up a new car.

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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 also located in the centre console storage box, with a USB and AUX-in jack. I think the "TunePoint system" (, 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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