Which used Renault Laguna hatchback should I buy?
If you're on a tight budget, we recommend the 1.8-litre 16v engine, which will give you 35.8mpg and decent performance. Beware though. Pre-1998 petrol cars have eight-valve engines, which are noticeably less punchy.
The 1.6 and 2.0 engines were also upgraded in 1998, but both the pre- and post-upgrade 1.6s feel weak. And, while the 2.0s are okay, the 16v is definitely the pick. You might be tempted by the powerful 3.0 V6 engine, but resist it - it simply doesn't suit the car.
Alternatively, you can find two diesels. The 1.9 is frugal but sluggish, while the 2.2 TD is much more responsive, and you'll still get around 40mpg. That's enough to make it our favourite engine from the range.
As for trim, second-rung RT trim is best - you'll get all the essential creature comforts such as air-con, a sunroof, electric front windows and a CD player. RT Sport models add alloy wheels.
RXE models get climate control, alloy wheels, a CD changer and electric rear windows, while Executive models add an alarm and leather seats.