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2012 Renault Laguna Coupe revealed and a small gripe about the interior

By Rigval on 15 Dec 2011

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Renault has decided to update the looks of its already good looking Laguna coupe for 2012. The car has basically won a lot of praises for its good looks. Some have even mentioned it as a poor man’s Aston Martin.

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So what have Renault done to make the Renault Laguna Coupe a little more attractive? Not much actually. We get an updated head light cluster that incorporate the now very normal LED daytime driving lights, some extra colours for the exterior and newly designed 17 inch wheels.

Renault has also launched a new 2.0 turbo diesel engine that would be popular in oil-burning Europe. That oil burner produces 148bhp and only releases 118g/km of carbon emissions as it comes with stop/start technology and better engine management systems.

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Now the interior gets an updated audio system, new dashboard stitching (making it feel luxurious) and TEP/fabric upholstery. But what I think it really needs to get is a stronger mount for the air-conditioning controls mounted in between the middle air vents - you can see it in the photo right above. I have sat in a few of the Laguna coupes that are sold over here and that piece of plastic together with its controls are terrible to touch. The whole section feels flimsy when you touch it and if you prod it hard enough, it might break. I hope this new 2012 Renault Laguna Coupe has better mounted air-conditioning controls. All that fine exterior looks and interior ambiance will not mount to much if something breaks after a couple of years of (ab)use.

This is something I noticed with Renaults these days. I think they’re still built the same way French cars were built since those days, which isn’t good actually. It basically feels like any trim will fall off after a couple of years and only the necessary items will stay on. Peugeots and Citroens do not feel like this anymore these days, but Renaults still seems to have that same brittle feeling built into them. And this is the chink in this good looking coupe's armour.

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Rigval
Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.



 
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