What is it?
This is the new Renault Laguna Coupe 2.0 DCi, a cheaper alternative to the V6-powered 3.0 DCi.
If you thought Renault might pitch the Laguna Coupe as a bit of an alternative choice, something different to the norm, think again – the company assures us that the Coupe fancies its chances against the BMW 320d coupe.
The Laguna Coupe is shorter than its hatch and estate sisters, although its track is wider. Our test car came with a 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel with a six-speed manual, in GT trim. This means a better spec and, significantly, four-wheel steering.
What’s it like?
Equipment levels are high and the interior looks and feels good. The Laguna Coupe is airier than its German rivals, with plastics that are lighter in colour (fine) and lighter to the touch (not so good).
Against the premium Germans it feels a bit high-street audio versus serious hi-fi. It’s spacious in the front, but the revised dimensions make it snug in the back and the cute boot shape limits space.
To drive? It’s certainly fast enough. The diesel engine’s soundtrack is a bit whooshy, but it’s driveable and quick. Renault claims 0-62mph in 8.5 sec and it feels easily that fast.