Which used Renault Laguna estate should I buy?
The Laguna was the first family car to win a five-star occupant safety rating from Euro NCAP. Each has four airbags, plus anti-lock brakes, topping off above-average kit levels across the range.
Unlike the Laguna hatch, the Sport Tourer has no low-end Authentique trim, and no 1.8 petrol engine. The 2.0 ought to pull well, but it puffs when five adults and their gear are aboard. Instead, go for a diesel, preferably the 130bhp 1.9. It pulls hard yet will return up to 47mpg. Avoid the 3.0 V6 petrol motor, though. It comes with a standard auto gearbox that isn't nearly as slick as you'd want it to be.
Sporty Dynamique trim packs alloy wheels, air-con and a CD player, which should be enough for anyone. Alternatively, there's Privilege or Initiale, each dripping with kit.
Buy from a car supermarket or an estate car specialist. And, if possible, get a model from after the revisions to the range in 2005, which included a new dash, and the launch of a GT model.