Renault Laguna Coupe GT 3.0D V6 - Conclusion

By Riyad Emeran

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Summary

Renault has done a far better job of creating a modern coupe than I had expected. Any coupe or GT car needs to look great, be comfortable and make the driver feel like he's sitting somewhere special. On all those counts the Laguna Coupe scores pretty highly. The fact that this is the only Laguna Coupe I've ever seen also brings with it a level of exclusivity, that simply can't be associated with the ubiquitous BMW 3 Series Coupe. Of course there's a reason that you see a lot of BMW 3 Series Coupes - they're very good cars, and carry with them a certain degree of brand cache along with the dynamic advantage of a rear wheel drive layout. I would, however, argue that the Laguna makes a more handsome coupe than a 3 Series - yes that's a completely subjective opinion, but then part of the car buying process is emotional, and always will be.

What isn't emotional or subjective is the quality of the equipment that you'll find inside a new car, and here Renault has produced a mixed bag. There's no denying that the main infotainment system has some great features, with the Voice Control in particular proving to be the best I have ever experienced. However, the lack of touch screen and more importantly, postcode input on the sat-nav is very disappointing by modern standards.

Renault's keyless entry and start system may have been around for a while, but it remains a very useful feature that you wouldn't want to be without once you've tried it. Also the implementation of four-wheel steering makes this an easier car to manoeuvre than you'd think.

Ultimately, the Laguna Coupe has all the ingredients of a good cruising GT car, and even after a long drive you'll probably step out feeling fresh and relaxed. But this car doesn't come cheap, and in this specification with all the tech-toys that we've talked about here will set you back over £30k. That said, a similarly specced BMW 330D (which has about 10bhp more power) will set you back well over £40k. Whether that makes a fully loaded Laguna Coupe a bargain is still debatable, but if you're looking for something a bit different, it could be an attractive alternative.

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?

Riyad

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!

Riyad

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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