What is it?
The diesel-powered version of the range-topping “GT” spec Laguna, complete with trick four-wheel steering and copious standard kit. We’ve already tested the petrol-powered version, but the vast majority of British buyers will opt for the considerably more frugal diesel.
Power comes from a 177bhp version of Renault’s 2.0 litre common-rail turbodiesel, which is claimed to propel the Laguna from 0-62 mph in 8.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 139 mph. But the main point of differentiation between the GT and the lower reaches of the range is active rear steering, which improves manoeuvrability at low speed and is claimed to sharpen dynamic responses under harder use.
What’s it like?
In short, a slightly sportier Laguna. The GT’s steering wheel certainly delivers better responses than the vague-feeling helm of the standard car, but it doesn’t feel like a dynamic match for the Ford Mondeo or Mazda 6. Indeed, apart from the impressively tight turning circle, drivers will rarely notice any effect from the rear-steer system at anything other than silly speeds.