What is it?
The third member of the Renault Laguna family – and the best-looking version by a mile. Renault only aims to sell about 2000 Laguna Coupes a year in the UK, but it hopes that this sophisticated-looking fastback will add some much-needed drama to the whole range.
GT spec brings leather upholstery and Renault’s rear-steer system, which boosts both low-speed manoeverability and high-speed stability.
The Coupe is about 7cm shorter in the wheelbase, and has a 3cm wider track than other Lagunas. UK buyers will be able to pick a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol, a 2.0-litre turbodiesel and a 3.5-litre petrol V6.
However, we opted to test the range-topping powerplant, an all-new 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 with 235bhp which will be shared with forthcoming Infiniti models.
This drives through a standard six-speed automatic gearbox, and produces an impressive 332lb ft of torque at just 1500 rpm.
What's it like?
The Laguna Coupe’s cabin is stylish and deeply impressive, continuing the good work begun in the existing Lagana hatch and estate.
The fascia has tasteful aluminium facings, plus superbly designed switchgear which is the match of any premium rival in terms of both look and feel.