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.