Renault Laguna Coupe (2009 – 2012) At A Glance
The new Renault Laguna hatchback left some reviewers underwhelmed. Yet the Laguna Coupe has completely the opposite effect. The shark's mouth front, that doesn't quite work with the hatchback, looks made for the coupe.
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Which four-seater coupe would you recommend?
"I'm after a used 'premium' coupe with a bit of 'oomph'. My budget is £15k. It must have four seats and be petrol-engined. Obvious choices are BMW 3 Series Coupe (very common), A5, C-Class coupe, but is there anything else you'd add to my shortlist? "
Yes, an E92 330i or 335i would be my choice: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/bmw/bmw-3-series-e92-coupe-2006-road-test// A5 coupes are nice but the 2.0 litre petrol engines have had problems: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/audi/audi-a5-and-s5-2007-road-test// An oddball choice is a (rare) Renault Laguna coupe, tested here: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/renault/renault-laguna-coupe-2008-road-test//
Or a Peugeot 407 coupe, tested here: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/peugeot/peugeot-407-coupe-2005-road-test// Check them all out for faults in http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar
Which comfortable, economical company car should I buy?
"I drive around 20,000 miles per year on business. I currently have a leased Mercedes-Benz SLK (a bad move for long distances) that goes back in March. I want to buy something reliable, stylish, maybe an estate and have a budget of up to £11,000, but would rather be around the £8000 mark. I have looked at C5s, CLSs, Jaguar XFs, 3-Series Tourings, 5-Series Tourings, A6 Avants, Jeeps etc. Whatever I buy has to be reliable, diesel, good on mpg and comfortable. I want something with a bit of presence as I am a big bloke. So far I have settled on a Mercedes CLS 320CDI or a Jaguar XF2.7TDVI. What would you go for? "
I think a CLS 320CDI will be more reliable than an XF 2.7TDVI. A couple of oddball alternatives are a Renault Laguna Coupe and Peugeot 407 Coupe. The 407 Coupe is one of the quietest cars I have ever driven. Check out anything you are thinking of buying at honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar
What do you think of the Renault Laguna Coupe?
"I drive a 1999 Toyota Celica, which I love and have owned for eight years with no major problems at all. I feel however, that I would like something a little more up-to-date. I still want a coupe or a similar style car, and have been looking without too much success, as I still want a car with the versatility of split rear seats and a little space in the back for an occasional passenger. I have seen a Renault Laguna Coupe and consulted your review. Is this car (albeit a couple of years old) a suitable replacement, or have you any other suggestions? I feel a petrol engine would be better than a diesel as I tend to make short journeys and I would prefer a manual gearbox."
The short-lived (in the UK) Laguna Coupe is a nice car and the rear wheel steer system on some models works well. At least one reader has one and improved the ride comfort by fitting smaller wheels with deeper profile tyres. I guess you'll be going for the 2.0-litre turbo. Alternatives include one of the last Celicas (year 2000), a Volkswagen Scirocco, a Volvo C30, a Hyundai Veloster, a Renault Megane coupe, a BMW 1 Series or 3 Series coupe, or a KIA pro_cee'd.
I've fitted 16-inch wheels to my Laguna Coupe and the ride quality is substantially improved.
"I thought that you would be interested to know that I have done what I think is a sensible thing, and at last got around to replacing the standard fit 18-inch wheels and 245/45 R18 tyres with still smart looking 16-inch wheels and 205/60 R16 tyres on my Laguna coupe. The new wheels are Renault supplied that would normally be on Laguna hatchback/tourer. The deeper tyre does not look especially out of place on the lovely coupe design. But I immediately noticed the improved, quieter and crucially less jarring ride as soon as I pulled away at walking pace over ruts etc in the forecourt, then when up to speed on the road. The coupe's suspension is firm anyway, but there is now far less jarring and jolting.
Also, unfortunately, the Lagunas seem to be prone to various dashboard and seat headrest rattling, but I honestly think these have reduced too. Then coupled with the fact that the tyres are nigh-on £50 less each, then long-term, even allowing for the fact that I've bought new wheels, should mean more realistic tyre running costs. And less chance of kerb and pothole damage. Maybe one day, manufacturers may get the message, although I suspect it's very much a UK "fashion-led" thing for bling wheels."
You unwittingly put your finger on the real reason why so many cars are supplied with bling wheels and expensive low profile tyres. It's a moneymaker. These tyres are supplied to car manufacturers by tyre companies at cut prices because they know they will then make a fortune on replacements through damage, higher wear rates and the fact that they charge a lot more for the low profile tyres.
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