Review: Renault Laguna (2007 – 2012)
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.
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Renault Laguna (2007 – 2012): At A Glance
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.
That quality issue is also being addressed by a 100,000-mile warranty, compared to the industry norm of 60,000 miles (but Renault stays at three years, not five or seven as pioneered by the Korean brands).
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Renault Laguna (2007 – 2012): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 462–1593 litres
Other pleasing aspects of the car are a decent 372 litre boot, with extra space under the floor. Proper fold-down rear seats creating a rear warehouse capable of absorbing 1,129 litres of luggage. A really nice looking dashboard, well made, with pleasing materials. Sensational optional line-of-sight satnav. A decent digital speedo bang in front of you. Bump-strips nicely blended in at the bases of the doors. And a general feeling of quality that, like the Laguna coupe, is worthy of something from Audi, BMW or Mercedes.
The Laguna Sport Tourer range starts at £16,940 for the 2.0 140 Expression (a £950 premium over the hatch). Even base models get lots of equipment as standard: front and rear electric windows, air conditioning, CD player, leather steering wheel, keyless entry, heated door mirrors and alloy wheels.
Dynamique models add part-leather upholstery, climate control, cruise control, fog lamps, a leather steering wheel and chrome trim. The Dynamique S gets larger 17-inch alloy wheels, aluminium trim, leather-and-Alcantara seats (the front ones heated and electrically adjustable), dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers and headlamps, plus an electronic parking brake.
The top-spec Initiale is a luxurious animal, boasting wood trim, soft leather upholstery, unique alloy wheels, MP3 type CD, full-colour sat nav, xenon directional headlamps, parking sensors, memory driver’s seat and metallic paint.
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What's the Renault Laguna (2007 – 2012) like to drive?
The best-seller in the range will be the dCi 150, which uses Renault’s familiar 2.0-litre diesel engine. This is one of the best four-cylinder diesels on the market: gutsy, economical (46.3mpg) and much more refined than most. There’s also a hot 2.0 dCi 175 model (a new engine for the Laguna), which has warm hatch-rivalling pace.
The surprise of the test proved to be the 1.5 dCi 110 engine. Despite having a mere 110bhp, it’s surprisingly willing and, priced from £17,300, it’s the bargain of the range. It’s also the most economical Laguna, returning 53.3mpg and emitting a class-leading 133g/km of CO2.
My advice is to ignore the petrol engines. They feel strained compared to the diesels, are thirsty and the auto ’box in the turbocharged 2.0 170bhp version is utterly unsuited to the engine.
One thing that hasn’t really changed is the ride quality, which is as absorbent as ever. Not wafty-soft, but compliant, and helped by supportive, comfortable seats. The trade-off is a fair amount of body roll around corners.
Handling has definitely improved over the previous Laguna, with a much better controlled chassis offering more confident cornering. It’s no BMW to pilot, however, with a rather remote steering feel and understeer-prone on-the-limit handling.
|1.5 dCi||58 mpg||12.1 s||130 g/km|
|1.5 dCi 110||53–67 mpg||11.9–12.3 s||109–139 g/km|
|1.9 dCi||47 mpg||10.6–10.8 s||157–159 g/km|
|2.0 16V||35–38 mpg||9.1–9.3 s||173–189 g/km|
|2.0 180 dCi||46 mpg||8.5 s||163 g/km|
|2.0 dCi||42 mpg||8.7 s||177 g/km|
|2.0 dCi 130||46–47 mpg||10.6–10.8 s||158–159 g/km|
|2.0 dCi 150||46–54 mpg||9.5–10.0 s||136–159 g/km|
|2.0 dCi 150 Automatic||41–42 mpg||9.8–10.0 s||180–182 g/km|
|2.0 dCi 175||46–50 mpg||8.7–9.8 s||150–159 g/km|
|2.0 dCi 175 Automatic||47 mpg||9.6 s||159 g/km|
|2.0 dCi 180||43–50 mpg||8.5–8.7 s||150–172 g/km|
|2.0 Turbo 205||34–34 mpg||7.8–8.0 s||194–196 g/km|
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