The Laguna Coupe doesn’t bring cutting edge technology to the game, so don’t expect to see a head-up display or an adaptive cruise control system. However, it comes packed with goodies that have been refined to an impressive level.
Let’s take the navigation system, for example. Renault offers two such optional systems. The first is a Carminat TOM TOM one with a 5.8-inch color display, and the second is a Carminat one that uses a 7-inch color display. Our test car was fitted with the first, which can be yours for around EUR600, while the Monaco GP version came with the latter, which sets you back EUR1,770.
Both are incredibly intuitive, offering a set of controls placed on the center console and offer a proper level of accuracy. The first one handles its job just fine, so you don’t necessarily need to get the second. However, the extra money will bring you multiple advantages, such as a much more detailed database that includes the location of speed cameras and weekly updates.
The vehicle we tested had been gifted with a BOSE sound system that relied on 10 speakers to give one audio kicks. The system manages to impress through its quality at high volume, even though the latter doesn’t necessarily reach a sky-high level. The system can be controlled via a steering-column mounted remote. As expected, Bluetooth connectivity is also included in the package, so your personal toys will be able to become friends with the car.
The massive rear speaker, as well as the amplifier can be seen by opening the boot and lowering your head to a certain level. Some prefer their hardware to be well hidden behind an infinity of layers, but we like ours naked, so we appreciated this.
We’ll also include the keyless entry system here, as the engine start button is a really nice toy. Too bad that it’s used for an oil-burner...Continue reading