The frugal 1.5-litre turbodiesel is in the lowest company car tax band for diesels, but although it gives little in the way of outright performance, it does need to be worked fairly hard. Those wishing for more pace can choose from a trio of 2.0-litre turbodiesels; there are 148- or 176bhp versions with manual gaerboxes, or a 170bhp auto. The single petrol option is a rather weedy 138bhp 2.0.
Renault Laguna ride & handling
The Laguna's steering is lightly weighted to aid low-speed manoeuvrability, but it's frustratingly vague in corners. The firm suspension keeps body movements well controlled, but there's a bit too much jiggle and thump over patchy surfaces. Top-spec dCi 180 models have four-wheel steering that provides a quick turn-in, but plenty of other family cars are more enjoyable and more comfortable to drive than this.
Renault Laguna refinement
The Laguna shuts out most wind- and road noise well, and the engines are relaxed and hushed on the motorway. However, the suspension lets the side down because it thuds noisily over bumps. It's also a shame that Renault couldn’t give the gearshift, clutch and brakes a more harmonious, connected feel.