Almost unexpectedly, Renault turns up the style-o-meter to bring us the Laguna Coupe to remind us of what they are capable of. A sleek-looking coupe with hints of Aston Martin around the nose and tail: giving the common people an opportunity to own something this gorgeous?
The Coupe design was penned in right from the start to be the halo model in the Laguna line-up. Unfortunately, that means having to hang on to the Laguna name. Would the Coupe be a stronger sales proposition as a stand-alone model? Ala how Audi has differentiated its A4 and A5.
Who know? But we are certain that the Renault Laguna Coupe makes the disastrous Peugeot 407 coupe look even uglier and even the BMW 3-series Coupe looked like a mess at best.
The ‘Natural Biege’ leather seats on the press car certainly brighten up the otherwise dark toned interior. Note, the Arkamys audio system is just not the usual audio feast one would have come to expect from a setup with a “brand”.
If you are not subscribed to the BMW/Audi ideology of hard suspension settings and aggressive acceleration, the Renault Laguna Coupe might just be the car for you. While there’s plenty of grip and the steering is set up to give very sharp initial turn-ins, the Laguna Coupe is just too pre-occupied with cocooning the driver and occupants from the real world.
In a cohesive manner with the soothing driving manners, the engine is a pretty laidback unit as well. The 2.0 litre turbocharged engine is rated at 170 horsepower and comes mated with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Priced at S$135,999 with real space for four adults, the Laguna Coupe is a credible alternative to the usual German coupes of such genre. While it might lack the badge, pace or handling finesse of some rivals, it certainly has the looks. Afterall, looks is what matters most in this segment.
|Engine||1,998 cc turbocharged in-line 4|
|Max. Power||170 bhp @ 5000rpm|
|Max. Torque||270 Nm @ 3250rpm|
|0-100 km/h||9.2 secs|
|Top speed||220 km/h|
|Fuel Economy||8.8 L/100km|
|Dimensions (L x W x H) / Weight||4643mm X 2082mm X 1398mm / 1,480kg|
|Price with COE*||S$135,999|