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3 out of 5 stars

For The Laguna has low running costs, is well equipped and comes with a good safety record. You get a lot of car for your cash

Against An overly firm ride makes the Renault's ride too uncomfortable on poor surfaces, while road noise can also intrude. The boor isn't the biggest, either.

Verdict Verdict Capable and likeable – the Laguna isn't the best family estate, but it's worth the money.

Go for… 2.0 dCi 130 Dynamique

Avoid… 2.0T 170 Initial Auto

Renault Laguna Estate
  • 1. Previous models had a stodgy ride, but this Laguna, introduced in 2007, has sharp steering and plenty of grip.
  • 2. The 110bhp 1.5-litre diesel model is the most economical option, but the 128bhp 2.0-litre unit is the best all-rounder.
  • 3. Air-con, alloys and electric windows all round are standard on entry-level Expression models.
  • 4. Axle, suspension and electric faults account for around 60% of all issues and, although the current car shows no signs of being as susceptible, you should still give these areas a thorough examination
  • 5. You might be tempted with the low running costs of the 1.5-litre diesel, but it will struggle if you load up the boot, so the 2.0 dCi 130 is the best all-rounder.
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Renault Laguna Estate full review with expert trade views

If you want an estate with an upmarket feel, but you're working on a tight budget, then the third-generation Laguna Sport Tourer should be on your short list.

Distinctive styling sets the Renault apart from its rivals, and there's space inside for five. The boot isn't the largest in the class, and the sloping roofline limits load space, but it will still handle most people's needs.

Previous models had a stodgy ride, but this Laguna, introduced in 2007, has sharp steering and plenty of grip. The only downside is the overly firm ride, which will be uncomfortable on some roads.

The quality of cabin materials, and the contemporary design of the dashboard, give the Renault a classy feel. Wind noise is kept in check – even at motorway speeds – but road noise can be a problem.

Trade view

Dynamique models are most common and come with all the essentials. Those with optional sat-nav are just a bit more expensive, so make good buys.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

Diesel Lagunas are the safest place for your money, because they have better long-term resale values than petrols.

The 110bhp 1.5-litre diesel model is the most economical option, but the 128bhp 2.0-litre unit is the best all-rounder. If you intend to load up the Laguna, you should think about the 148bhp or 173bhp 2.0-litre versions, as the extra power will come in handy.

Consider the 2.0-litre petrol model with 138bhp if the price is low enough, however, or the turbocharged 2.0-litre auto with 168bhp.

Air-con, alloys and electric windows all round are standard on entry-level Expression models. Dynamique gets half-leather seats and cruise control, while the Initial comes with electrically adjustable leather seats, parking sensors and sat-nav.

Renault introduced the GT in early 2008 version, which has four-wheel steering and larger wheels and tyres for more responsive dynamics. While the four-wheel steering improves cornering ability, the larger wheels amplify the already firm ride. The Laguna GT is available with a choice of two engines: a 201bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and a 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel.

Trade view

You might be tempted with the low running costs of the 1.5-litre diesel, but it will struggle if you load up the boot, so the 2.0 dCi 130 is the best all-rounder.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

The 1.5-litre diesel averages an impressive 56.6mpg, while the 2.0-litre diesels manage between 46.3mpg and 42.8mpg depending on the model. The 2.0-litre petrol produces a reasonable 35.3mpg, while the automatic version drops to 31.7mpg. The petrol GT models manage 34.0mpg and the diesel 42.2mpg.

The 1.5-litre diesel also slots into a low road tax band, with emissions of 133g/km of CO2. The petrol-powered automatic models are the dirtiest emitters at 210g/km.

Servicing costs are average for this type of car, although some key rivals, such as the Ford Mondeo estate, are cheaper. The same goes for insurance.

Don't be put off buying a high-mileage car if you're worried about warranty cover: a three-year, 100,000-mile policy was standard from new.

Trade view

Dynamique models are most common and come with all the essentials. Those with optional sat-nav are just a bit more expensive, so make good buys.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

The third-generation Laguna has faired well in terms of reliability, with owners generally pleased with its performance.

However, although the cabin feels solid and well built, there have been instances of bits of trim breaking or working loose. The areas around the doors appear particularly vulnerable, so check them carefully.

Previous-generation Renault Lagunas have suffered a number of reliability problems. Axle, suspension and electric faults account for around 60% of all issues and, although the current car shows no signs of being as susceptible, you should still give these areas a thorough examination.

The Laguna is a popular company and fleet car, but don't let that put you off. Most are cared for and well maintained, just make sure the service history is up to date.

Trade view

You might be tempted with the low running costs of the 1.5-litre diesel, but it will struggle if you load up the boot, so the 2.0 dCi 130 is the best all-rounder.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor
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