What is it?
The flagship of the Laguna range – and the first Renault to feature four-wheel steering. The GT is available with either petrol or diesel engines, and as either a hatch or an estate.
Four wheel steering isn’t new, cars like the Honda Prelude and Nissan Skyline GT-R having used the technology in the past. Now it goes under the name of Active Drive, Renault claiming that 4WS brings safety benefits in difficult braking conditions and high-speed avoidance manoeuvres – and that it also makes the Laguna more agile and sharpens its reactions.
GT trim also features firmer spring and damper settings to the standard car, and it is visually distinguished by a more aggressively styled front bumper, black framed lights, new allows and twin exhausts. The interior gets sports seats and drilled pedals.
Buyers can choose between either a 178bhp 2.0-litre dci diesel or the 203bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that was used in the previous Laguna GT, effectively a slightly downtuned version of the motor used in the RenaultSport Megane.
What’s it like?
At first, really quite strange. With now only 2.2 turns the steering is very quick, with most turns requiring no more than a quarter turn of lock. The steering response is dependent on both speed and load and the rear wheels, turned by electric actuators, turn in both the opposite and the same direction as the front wheels.