What's the used Renault Laguna hatchback like?
It's the quintessential fleet car, but that doesn't stop the third-generation Renault Laguna offering great value on the used market. Higher than average depreciation from new means you get a lot of car for your money.
Previous models had a stodgy ride, but this version of the Laguna, introduced in 2007, is good to drive, has sharp steering and plenty of grip through corners. However, the firm ride can be uncomfortable on some roads.
Wind and road noise is kept to a minimum - even at motorway speeds.
Knee- and legroom is good throughout the cabin, but the sloping roofline will cause problems for taller rear-seat passengers. The boot is too shallow, which limits practicality.
The quality of cabin materials, and the contemporary design of the dashboard give the Renault an upmarket feel.
What used Renault Laguna hatchback will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Renault Laguna hatchback?
The 1.5-litre diesel averages an impressive 57.6mpg, while the 2.0-litre diesels manage between 47.1mpg and 43.4mpg, depending on the model. The 2.0-litre petrol produces a reasonable 35.7mpg, while the automatic version drops to 31.7mpg. The GT models come in at 34.4mpg for the petrol and 43.4mpg for the diesel.
The lower-powered diesel also slots into a low road tax band, with CO2 emissions of 130g/km. The auto models are the heaviest emitters at 210g/km.
Servicing costs are on a par with most cars in the class, although some key rivals, such as the Ford Mondeo, are cheaper. The same goes for insurance.
Which used Renault Laguna hatchback 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 economical option, but the 128bhp 2.0-litre is the best all rounder. Anyone with a need for more speed should consider the 148bhp or 173bhp 2.0-litre versions.
Go for the 138bhp 2.0-litre petrol model if the price is low enough, or the turbocharged 2.0-litre automatic with 168bhp.
Air-con, alloy wheels and four electric windows are standard on the entry-level Expression. Dynamique adds 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 2008, with its four-wheel steering and larger wheels and tyres for a more responsive drive. While the four-wheel drive improves cornering ability the bigger wheels amplify the already firm ride. The Laguna GT is available with a choice of two engine options: a 201bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and a 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel.
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