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.