The Coupe part of the vehicle’s designation cuts 62 mm (2.4 inches) off the Laguna’s wheelbase, but this doesn’t mean that the interior isn’t spacious. Of course, aside from this and the rear area, which has obviously been modified, the rest of the cabin has remain untouched. So, what does this blend of old and new bring?
Well, you open the door, notice the metallic door sill and climb in the leather-finished, heated (optional features) driver’s seat and find one of the best compromises in the world. Yes, the seat is comfortable enough for Grand Trips and at the same time manage to deal with the forces that appear when you scream “Go Throttle!”.
The pedals are surprisingly well positioned for the heel-and-toe maneuver and they hide pretty nice things. You see, the things hidden “underneath” each one of them manage to make you feel good in so many ways. But we have no time for that now, as we must move to the back.
This was easy, as our test car was fitted with electric power for sliding the front seats in order to allow access to the rear ones. Yes, seats - even though there is no driveshaft under the floor, the rear has two separated areas that can accommodate two adults even for longer trips. The only area that could use a bit of extra space is the one for the rear passengers' heads. The headroom in the back is excellent, but only if you’re not much taller than 1,80m and if the driver doesn’t get too up close and personal with hefty bumps.
The space in between can also be used by an adult, but only for short trips. It’s time to return to the front, as we’ve got plenty of things to analyze. First of all, the other connections between the driver and the machine: the steering wheel uses a sporty flat bottom design, but without any ergonomic disadvantages.
And speaking of ergonomics, the buttons, from the ones that control the optional Bose sound system our test car was fitted with, to the ones for the electric parking brake and climate control system, are well-placed and nice to play with. However, you don’t get the feeling of perfection that German automotive creations have accustomed us with.
Renault used a large amount of trimming for the dashboard, with the same metal-like plastic being chosen for the decorative elements of the steering wheel. As for the interior plastics, these are soft and don’t remind you of the fact that you’re in an entry-level coupe (financially speaking). One element that we didn’t like was the rather rectangular shape of the gearshifter’s knob, which would’ve made sense if the car had been fitted with an automatic transmission.
Once you’re on the move, you realize that the three rearwiew mirrors and the intelligent shape of the rear window bring the rear visibility to a level higher than expected, while the front one is really good, with the A-pillars doing everything they can to stay out of your sight.
The Monaco GP edition comes with a few touches that would brings extra points, such as the white contrasting stitching, which is used on multiple surfaces. One interesting example is the dashboard, which uses “sewn plastic” - this might be a bit forced, but it doesn’t feel bad when you touch it.
All in all, the Laguna Coupe’s cabin manages to blend a dynamic attitude with a fair amount of space (the impression is further accentuated by the lack of a beefy center console), thus pleasing both the wild and the casual sides of the occupants.Continue reading