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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Renault Laguna coupe - 6th Report

Date: 09 September 2009   |   Author:

Laguna name on boot
Category: Sports
P11D price: £21,400
Key rival: Peugeot 407 Coupe

The Laguna Coupe's really been growing on me in recent weeks, and it's mainly the looks that are filling me with cheer.

However, I recently entered into a debate with a leading RV expert about the car's name. His point was that Renault should have shifted the Coupe away from the rest of the Laguna range and called it something more imaginative. And I've got to say I agree.

By linking it so closely to the rest of the Laguna range, it's being tainted by association with a car that has been poorly received in the UK. Whereas a stylish stand-alone coupe could have been a real asset to a Renault brand whose fortunes are seriously flagging in the UK, the huge Laguna badge blazoned across the boot lid, and no mention of the word coupe anywhere, really doesn't help the car's image.

The point was proven in a Tesco car park a few days ago when I saw a couple walk out of their way to take a closer look at the car, before moving round the back to see what it was. They then walked past me, clearly disappointed at seeing the Laguna name. In my opinion Renault has the credibility to pull-off a gorgeous coupe, but Laguna doesn't.

Renault Laguna coupe 2.0 dCi 150
Mileage5249
Claimed combined
consumption
47.1mpg
Our average consumption38.8mpg
P11D price£21,400
Model price range£21,400-£27,460
CO2 (tax) 157g/km (22%)
BIK 20/40% per month£78/£157
Service interval12,000mls
Insurancegroup 14
Warranty3yrs/10,000mls
Boot space423 litres
Engine size/power1998cc/150PS
Top speed/0-62mph131mph/9.5secs
Why we’re running itCan Renault match style with
substance and bring
glamour to Laguna?
PositiveLooks, P11D, space
NegativeUnsettled ride, RV



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