You’re driving a coupe with stunning design, so this means that around town you’ll regret taking the decision to get behind this car’s wheel, right? Wrong. The Laguna Coupe 4Control manages to play the urban game rather well, surprising its driver.
First of all, the engine offers all the grunt you need within the borders of a city. You’ll usually find yourself in third gear, which offers a good balance between acceleration and flexibility - second makes you feel that you’re really fast, but it comes to an end rather quickly, while fourth allows you to stretch things, but doesn’t quite give you the muscle you need to take advantage of a traffic gap that suddenly appears.
The four-wheel steering, which gives you a turning radius that’s about the same as a Clio’s, means that you can turn without the usual silliness that sports cars usually come with for this type of maneuvers.
As for the parking side of the deal, things are good as long as you order the optional front and rear parking sensors. Do that and you won’t feel that you’re trying to squeeze a cow inside a milk bottle. Don’t and you’ll experience the aforementioned feeling - the design of the rear end does leave a little room for visibility and the rear view mirrors are generously-sized, but without the sensors, you’ll have no idea where your rear bumper actually is.
Considering the fact that the car feels fast, the fuel consumption is pretty impressive: during our urban adventure, we were treated with a figure of around 23.5 mpg (10 liters per 100 km). Of course, if you treat the pedal on the right like a floor mat, you will convince the diesel unit to add a frightening value to that.
The spacious boot gives you the possibility to use the car for shopping trips. However, a tribute for that stunning rear end design has to be payed: the opening of the luggage compartment won’t allow you to move too fast when loading and unloading stuff.
As for the usual road flaws of the urban environment, these will be handed just fine thanks to the decent ground clearance and balanced suspension.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
See? I've told that diesel is the future of racing. I've already used this car to race all my neighbors and won. When we reached the gas station and they saw me fill'er up with diesel, they couldn't believe their pumps! Let's leave Le Mans out of it (those V-a-million- monsters scare me) and concentrate on what we've got here. This Renault you brought goes like it's powered by the devil. And I love the looks too - it makes me feel like the Bond guy. Hey, you know what? I think I’ll search for an audition!
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