Take a dip in the Laguna

Published on May 7th, 2010

If you’re in the market for neatly specced Conti coupe that isn’t coloured a shade of premium chances are you’re left with a blank page. Now however, TC Euro Cars, the official distributor of Renault cars in the country, has brought out the paintworks with the Renault Laguna Coupe.

With such a seductive and sleek silhouette, this D-segment coupe has all the right curves to tantalize and tease us. Undeniably, the rear has more than a passing similarity to an Aston, which in our opinion isn’t a bad thing at all. The front on the other hand gets a very wide and cheesy smile with equally large headlamps that, though doesn’t do the rear justice, still works well for a taste of French finesse.

Motivation is provided by a turbocharged 2-liter four-banger pushing out a respectable 170bhp and 270Nm of torque. Transferring all that power to the front wheels is a six-speed slushbox with manual override. Performance figures see the century dash dealt with in 9.2-seconds on the way to its top speed of 220km/h.

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Holding the front end up is a MacPherson struts setup while the rear utilizes a torsion beam for increased cabin space. And space is indeed decent on the inside, with the rear seats being able to swallow a non-contortionist six-footer with just a few strands of hair to spare.

The reclinable rear seats can be activated by a lever from the rear, removing the need to lower them through the cabin. Once lowered, boot space is bumped up to 423-litres, enough for 2 golf bags or objects up to 1.8-meters long.

Renault has become quite synonymous with safety recently and six airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP, Brake Assist and active head supports makes the Laguna Coupe no different. A five star Euro NCAP rating is a given too.

On the inside, an auto handbrake, electric seats with memory, dual climate control, 10-speaker Bose stereo system and Bluetooth connectivity keep the occupants satisfied. Renault’s keyless entry and drive system is also in place.

If you do decide to fork out the RM266,838.79 (OTR w/insurance) to own this fine French coupe, you’ll get to choose from grey, silver and black for the exterior and camel brown or black for the interior leather.

text & pix: Dinesh Appavu

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