Renault Laguna (2007 – 2012) Review

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Renault Laguna (2007 – 2012) At A Glance

4/5

+Comfortable, with reasonable ride. Nicely styled interior. Four wheel steer GT has remarkable handling.

-Bland looks against Mondeo, Mazda 6 and Citroen C5. Non GTs ordinary to drive.

Insurance Groups are between 20–30
On average it achieves 87% of the official MPG figure

The Laguna III Sports Tourer is bigger in all respects than its predecessor: longer, wider and taller. Despite that, it’s 15-65kg lighter (depending on model). The growth certainly helps interior space: there’s plenty of legroom in the rear, with decent headroom for tall people, too. 

It also boosts luggage volume to 501 litres with all seats raised (up 26 litres) and 1593 with the seats folded (up 78 litres). There’s a clever one-touch facility that folds the rear seats without you having to grapple with them. The seat backs fold completely flat, although the seat bases don’t tumble. You’re left with a load floor that’s just over 2 metres long and, although the boot is a little narrow and the sloping tailgate intrudes on space, it’s well shaped for large objects. Another clever feature is a parcel shelf that not only slides back with a simple finger touch, it can also be stowed in a special area under the boot floor. We like the separately opening upper tailgate but it’s only standard on the Initiale – for other models, you’ll need to pay £150 extra. 

The Sports Tourer also looks much better than the hatchback, which helps explain why it will take up to 50 per cent of all Laguna sales. Significantly, the typical profile for the estate buyer is far younger: while the average age of the Laguna hatchback owner is mid-50s, the Tourer’s is more like 40. 

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Real MPG average for a Renault Laguna (2007 – 2012)

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Average performance

87%

Real MPG

28–58 mpg

MPGs submitted

213

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How good is the Renault Laguna?
"How good is the Renault Laguna and what should I look for when buying one? "
You don't say which one. The last Laguna imported to the UK was actually a very good, very well built car, but didn't sell because of the reputation acquired by previous Lagunas. All under the Renault Laguna entries in http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar
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Megane Tourer vs Laguna Tourer - Which is best?
"I can't decide between the Renault Megane Tourer or the Renault Laguna Tourer. Both are 2009 models. Is one a better buy than the other? Is there anything specific I need to look out for?"
The Laguna is a bit bigger and I think better built, in Sandouville, Northern France rather than in Palencia, Northern Spain. See the entries in http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar for problem areas.
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What's the best used estate for £6500?
"I have a budget of £6500 to spend, but can’t decide between a Renault Laguna 2009 Estate 2.0 dci Expression (42,000 miles) or a high mileage Ford Mondeo of a similar year. Which car would you choose?"
The latest model laguna was far better built and far more reliable than Lagunas before. But not many sold in the UK. The price is bang on Glass's Guide retail for the car, so expect a warranty.
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Is it worth renewing the warranty on a Laguna?
"I have owned a Laguna from new. I intend to keep it for the fourth year. No more Lagunas! Do you consider that renewing the manufacturer's warranty a good investment? It's now due MOT and service."
Yes, probably a good idea. Lagunas are vastly better than they used to be, but still worth forking out maybe £300 to extend the warranty.
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