Used Renault Laguna Estate 2007 - 2012 review

Category: Estate car

Capable and likeable - the Renault Laguna Estate isn't the best family estate, but it's worth the money

Renault Laguna Estate (07 - 12)
  • Renault Laguna Estate (07 - 12)
  • Renault Laguna Estate (07 - 12)
Used Renault Laguna Estate 2007 - 2012 review
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What's the used Renault Laguna estate like?

If you want an estate with an upmarket feel, but you're working on a tight budget, then the third-generation Renault Laguna Estate 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.


Capable and likeable - the Renault Laguna Estate isn't the best family estate, but it's worth the money

  • The Laguna has low running costs, is well equipped and comes with a good safety record
  • An overly firm ride makes the Renault's ride too uncomfortable on poor surfaces, while road noise can also intrude

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.

Ownership cost

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How much does it cost to run a Renault Laguna estate?

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.

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Which used Renault Laguna estate should I buy?

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.

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