I've had this car since July '03. I was first attracted to the Laguna because the 'Expression' diesel estate was such a good low price to contract hire. For just £40 a month extra I chose the 'Initiale' model. It has leather seats, Sat Nav, large sunroof and just about every conceivable mod con. An amazing bargain.
It feels luxurious and very comfortable. There's plenty of room in the back for our tall teenagers and the occasional BMX cycle. Some journalists write that it's not a 'proper' estate, but we get just as much practical use out of it as we have done with previous Peugeot and Volvo estates. The 1.9dci engine is much more willing than my previous Peugeot diesels, and is a pleasure to drive. It achieves just under 40mpg average since new, most of our driving being short journeys and load-carrying with some towing.
We have had no faults with the car. The tyre pressure sensors occasionally gave false alarms during the first few months, but this was not a great problem and seems to have sorted itself out. The low profile tyres stick out wider than the alloy wheels, and this seems to protect the alloys a little from 'kerbing'. Tyres are wearing well. Insurance costs are low, and service intervals are 20,000 miles. Finish and trim are both excellent. Rear seat belts are very awkward to buckle in for some reason.
Overall: Fantastic value for money, good performance and low running costs for such a large-ish luxurious and capable estate car.
The 1.8 auto is rather underpowered. There were some early problems with keyless ignition but otherwise its 36,000 miles have been problem free.
A very comfortable car, great on motorways (especially French autoroutes). The styling of the Sport Tourer is great and had lots of comments. There's still a practical load area in spite of the sloping rear design.
However, in line with other reviews, the dealer service is very poor and indifferent in spite of assurances at the time of purchase. Regretably I won't be buying another Renault as I prefer to try and find a dealership where, as a customer purchasing a major item, I am treated with respect.
I bought this car (a Y plate) at just over a year-and-a-half old and have had it two years now.
I wanted a quickish car which I could put two dogs and a baby in and the Laguna V6 met the requirements. The performance is great with the big 3.0-litre V6 providing plenty of pulling power. I do a lot of motorway mileage and it's great for this sort of run.
However it's a thirsty beast and fairly heavy on the front tyres, which ain't cheap. I've had problems with the coils, which my dealer replaced under warranty. The build quality is not the best with odd little rattles which have developed in the last year. I've also had a couple of glitches at with the sun roof electrics.
Nothing major to complain about though. Service is every 18000 miles which is a saving over my previous cars.
Equipment level is very good. The speed limiter (when set correctly) helps to keep the points of my licence and is far more useful and safer than cruise control. Auto dipping mirror is another well worthwhile gadget.
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