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Renault Laguna Coupe GT 3.0D V6 - Safety and Security

By Riyad Emeran


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Renault takes occupant safety very seriously, and even the humble Clio has a five star NCAP rating. It therefore comes as no surprise that the Laguna Coupe also achieved the full five stars, scoring 36 out of a maximum 37 points for occupant safety.

There are eight airbags positioned around the cabin to ensure that passengers are protected no matter what the angle of impact. In the case of a head-on collision, there are two dual-volume airbags that will deploy with differing degrees of form and volume depending on where the driver's seat is positioned.

Rear parking sensors are standard, but the sensors mounted in the front grille are a £300 option

Both rear seats feature ISOFIX anchoring points, so even if you have a couple of kids you shouldn't have trouble fitting them in. It's also surprisingly spacious for children in the rear - my three year old daughter was very comfortable for well over an hour, although she did fall asleep for much of that time.

The Laguna Coupe also features key-free entry and start, and if you haven't used such a system, you really don't know what you're missing. My Clio 197 uses the same system, and it really does make life so much easier.

The flat key-card sports all the buttons you'd expect to see - lock, unlock, boot release and even a button to turn the lights on - but you shouldn't really need to use any of them. The idea is that you keep the key-card in your pocket, and as long as you have it with you when you attempt to open the door, the car will unlock. Once inside, it's just a case of putting your foot on the brake and pressing the Start/Stop button to fire up the engine.

A lock button is missing from the passenger door handle, but the car will lock itself as soon as you walk away

There's also a button on the door handle which will lock the car, although I was surprised to find that only the driver's door handle was equipped with a lock button. This meant that when I took my daughter out of the passenger side of the car I then had to walk around to the driver's side to lock it. That was until I realised that the Laguna will lock itself as soon as it detects you walking away with the key-card in your pocket!

You also don't have to worry about remembering to put the handbrake on, because this car doesn't have one. Renault has equipped the Laguna Coupe with an electronic parking brake, which can be engaged or disengaged at the touch of a button in the centre console.

The electronic parking brake will automatically engage and disengage, but you can also apply it manually

However, you don't even need to remember to engage or disengage the parking brake. When you put the car into Drive or Reverse and touch the accelerator, the parking brake automatically disengages. Likewise, when you put the car into Park and switch the engine off, the parking brake automatically engages.

The test car also came with electrically folding mirrors, and front and rear parking sensors. The sensors provide audible indication of how close you are to obstacles, but there's no visual indication of distance. The audible alerts are also pretty generous, so even when the beeps become solid, there's still a reasonable amount of space.

Of course there's also a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and engine immobiliser as standard, all of which works in conjunction with the key-free system.

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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 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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