Used Renault Laguna Hatchback 2000 - 2008 review

Category: Family car

Choose the right Renault Laguna, and you'll be able to enjoy quiet, effortless motoring

Renault Laguna Hatchback (00 - 08)
  • Renault Laguna Hatchback (00 - 08)
  • Renault Laguna Hatchback (00 - 08)
Used Renault Laguna Hatchback 2000 - 2008 review
Star rating

What's the used Renault Laguna hatchback like?

The Renault Laguna rides the lumps and bumps beautifully both in town and on the motorway. Yet it's also crisp theorugh the corners, and the firm body control ensures it's stable at all times. It's not terribly engaging, mind you - the steering is too vague for that - but it's competent.

Motorways are the Laguna's ideal home. Long distances disappear effortlessly in hushed comfort, helped by the good driving position, excellent provision of creature comforts and, apart from smallest, smooth, willing engines.


Choose the right Renault Laguna, and you'll be able to enjoy quiet, effortless motoring

  • It's a refined cruiser, and was awarded the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test
  • The smaller engines need working hard, accommodation is average and the cars are unreliable

The cabin isn't the roomiest, though. Tall people will get a gentle head massage from the roof lining, and those in the rear struggle for foot space. The payoff, however, is an impressive, rectangular luggage area that can be extended by split/fold rear seats.

As well as luxury kit, the Laguna is packed with safety features that helped it to a maximum five-star rating in its Euro NCAP crash tests.

Ownership cost

What used Renault Laguna hatchback will I get for my budget?

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

Overall, running costs are pretty average. Servicing bills are typically higher than for a Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Vectra, and significantly dearer than the Peugeot 407's, but cheaper than the Laguna's other rival, the Citroen C5.

However, if something goes wrong, it isn't likely to be that cheap to fix. Figures from Warranty Direct suggest the norm for repair costs is roughly 50% higher than for the Mondeo, Vectra and C5. In addition, some owners find front tyres wear quicker than expected.

Insurance is more modest and fuel bills are positively bashful. Our favourite car, the 150bhp 2.0 dCi diesel, yields an official 48.7mpg combined average, which is slightly better than the 130bhp 1.9 dCi and slightly worse than the 120bhp 1.9 dCi. The petrols range from high-30s to the gallon for the 1.6s and 1.8s to high-20s for the V6.

Our recommendations

Which used Renault Laguna hatchback should I buy?

Not the 1.6 and 1.8 petrols, that's for sure. Of the other petrol engines, the 2.0-litre is decent, the 2.0 turbos swift and the 3.0 V6 with an automatic gearbox smooth

However, the dCi diesels give the best balance of smoothness, speed and economy. The 120bhp and 130bhp 1.9s are the best option, while the 150bhp 2.0 dCi is great if you have the cash.

Since the Laguna's introduction in December 2000, all models have had air-con, anti-lock brakes, remote central locking, a CD player and good safety kit as standard.

Expression and Dynamique trims up the ante still further; Privilege gives leather seats; and Initiale comes with gold-plated bells and whistles. Privilege is a good choice if funds allow.

A GT badge means the more powerful version of the 2.0 turbo (just over 200bhp), alloy wheels, part-leather trim, satellite-navigation and uprated suspension that sharpens the handling.

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Whatever your choice, though, you'll find plenty at supersites and Renault approved used dealers. Beware of private sellers off-loading trouble-prone examples.


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