What is it?
This is the Renault Laguna coupe 2.0 GT, a turbocharged petrol version of Renault’s large coupe.
What’s it like?
Other than the gaping grille, The Renault Laguna coupe 2.0 GT is a good-looking car. The rear haunches in particular have more than a touch of Aston Martin DB9 about them. And it’s a pleasant enough place to sit, the dash a mixture of clean design and good materials.
So it’s a real shame the drive just doesn’t match the sophisticated static appeal. We could point to individual items such as the unsettled ride or the remote-feeling steering, but overall what the Renault Laguna coupe lacks is finesse.
But what of the engine? With 205bhp and 221lbft the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor is not short on outright performance, but only if you’re prepared to pedal it along hard. Where it can’t match the excellent 178bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel is in making smooth, measured progress; the sort of driving congruent with a luxury coupe.
Now I may be on my own with this, because I know some of my colleagues are fans, but I just don’t get on with the fancy four-wheel steering. I’ll happily accept the argument that it helps to improve safety in emergency situations, and the extra manoeuvrability at low speeds is useful.