The New Renault Laguna 2004 - The First Car To Receive A Five Star Euro NCAP Rating | Part Three

As the first car to ever receive a five star Euro NCAP rating, new Laguna is not found wanting in the safety department either with all of the following as standard; ABS (anti-lock brakes) with EBD and brake assist, six airbags (driver & front passenger, front lateral and side curtain airbags), double seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, and ISOFIX child seat fixing points.

Other safety equipment available across the range includes ESP with traction control and CSV understeer control (standard on V6 24V, 2.2 dCi 150 and all Initiale versions), tyre pressure monitor (standard on Privilége and Initale), Xenon double optic headlamps (standard on Privilege, Initiale and Sport Tourer Dynamique & GT).

Power & emissions – class leading economy and choice

For discerning customers not wishing to sacrifice economy for speed, Renault continues to offer some of the finest engines in this very competitive sector to suit every taste, not least its responsive and extremely frugal diesels from its acclaimed dCi range. The Expression 1.9 dCi 100 for example, manages to combine the lowest CO2 band – A, with a combined fuel consumption of 52.3 mpg.

One new engine which will appeal to the environmentally aware (and the company car driver who likes to pay as little as possible to the tax man) is the new 1.9 dCi 90 – Renault’s first Euro IV emissions compliant diesel engine.

Company car drivers in particular will be delighted to learn that this new powerplant has a CO² figure of 151g/km and sits in band B at 16% - therefore not being subject to the 3% company car cax (benefit-in–kind) supplement levied on diesel cars. The new engine is allied to a 6 speed gearbox and will be available on Laguna Hatch Authentique and Expression models.

Following the launch of the 90 hp version, its bigger performance brother – the 1.9 dCi 120 hp - has been uprated to deliver a torque of 300 Nm – up from 270 Nm and is available across all trim levels.

Fleet customers will also be pleased to learn that the new benefit-in-kind ratings for the new models all stand at 30% or lower (excluding V6 24V Auto Sport Tourer – 35%), with many models not exceeding 19%.

Class-leading value-for-money

Prices for the new range start at £14,925 on-the-road for the Authentique 1.6 16V, rising to £24,015 for the Initiale 2.2 dCi 150 Auto. The new GT models costs between £17,915 for the petrol 2.0 135 hp Hatchback up to the flagship 2.2 dCi 150 Auto at £20,815, while the 1.9 dCi 90 costs £15,625 in Authentique and £15,690 in Expression guise.

Published 1 May 2004 Melanie Carter

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