So Renault wants to take on the 3-series coupe? Fair enough. They’ve produced a nice-looking (from most angles at least), responsive coupe that, by comparison to the BMW, represents good value for money.
But they seem to have forgotten something. The Volkswagen Scirocco 2.0 TSI might be a class below but, compared to the 3.5-litre V6 Laguna Coupe, it’s marginally faster, vastly better to drive, is just as comfortable and will do a further nine miles to every gallon of unleaded.
Yet the Renault costs over £6000 more. Even if you opt for the excellent DSG 'box in the Scirocco the price gap is still over £4500, and I won’t even mention the residuals. Okay, so the Laguna has a higher top speed, but even if you go for the more justifiable 2.0-litre Turbo Laguna, it’s still £3333 more than the £20,499 Scirocco.
For the sake of some boot space and rear headroom, I know where my money would be going.