Renault Laguna Review

Renault Laguna

Renault Laguna Review

Renault Laguna Review | Part TwoRenault Laguna Road Test

In 1994, Renault launched the first Laguna, as a replacement for the Renault 21 and so began a legacy of BTCC titles and top safety ratings.

In 1994, Renault launched the first Laguna, as a replacement for the Renault 21 and so began a legacy of BTCC titles and top safety ratings.

Although Renault hasn’t competed in the British Touring Car Championship since 1999, the New Laguna, in some form, could just be the one to awaken the competitive beast. In the meantime, us lesser mortals can sit back and enjoy all that this third-generation, car has to offer. And that’s a lot.

One of the competitors of the old Laguna was the Ford Mondeo. Both of cars have moved on somewhat but the New Laguna is impressive enough to give the new Mondeo a good run for its money. Given the choice between the two, I would have to go with the French car, it is much more subtle and the general ambience is superior.

Launched in October (2007), the New Renault Laguna is only available as a hatch, in three of the four trims. However, on launch day, the order books were opened for the top-of-the-range, Initiale hatch and the Sports Tourer versions, with delivery from January 2008, which is also when they appear in the showrooms.

The test car was the Expression, which is the base model but not ‘basic’. The specification sheet does lean heavily towards safety features but there’s lumbar adjustment for the driver, electric windows all-round, powered and heated door mirrors, rake- and reach-adjustable steering column, tinted windows RDS radio/CD and the magical, Keyless entry. Every car should have one, because the automatic locking and unlocking of the doors when you approach or leave, is a boon. I spent the whole week driving around, without taking the key-card out of my bag, thanks to the keyless start/stop.

Anyway, the Dynamique, which is expected to be the best-seller, adds cruise control with speed limiter, partially leather-clad sports seats, front foglights and an F1 steering wheel. Dynamique S replaces the previous Privilege trim and builds upon this list but it’s the all-singing and dancing, Initiale that tops the bill for elegance and goodies. Prices for the hatchback range from £15,990 to £23,400.

Elegant is a word that is used a lot in this report because that is the best description. The long bonnet counterbalances the heavier rear end and thankfully, the Renault designers have avoided the snub-nosed look but have still managed to accommodate pedestrian safety issues. The front grille is wide but doesn’t give the impression of an ugly grimace, while the angular headlights emphasise the bonnet creases.

Renault Laguna Review | Part TwoRenault Laguna Road Test
Renault Laguna Road Test Data
Model ReviewedRenault Laguna 1.5 dCi Expression
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourSpray Blue Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph12.1 Seconds
Top Speed 119.3 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban46.3 mpg
Extra Urban61.4 mpg
Combined55.4 mpg
Insurance Group8
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
WarrantyA 3-year warranty package - the first 2 years unlimited mileage and a third year limited to 60,000 miles.
Price (when tested on the 23/12/07)£16,350.00

The information contained within this Renault Laguna review may have changed since publication on the 23 December 2007. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Renault dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2019