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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.

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