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Used Renault Laguna review: 2008-2010

Comfortable transport with refined road manners.

The competition for mid-sized sales has become fiercely contested in recent times as sales of the traditional big cars have plunged and buyers have turned elsewhere to spend their dollars. Some have turned to SUVs, others have downsized to mid-sized models where they have been spoiled for choice.

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The mid-sized market has split in two, with cars like the Cruze, Mondeo, Mazda6 and others forming an affordable group, while others like the Passat, Peugeot 407 and Renault Laguna coming together in a separate prestige grouping for those with more cash to splash. The Laguna was Renault's main strike weapon when it re-entered the Australian market in 2001, but failed to get much attention and sales slumbered.

Step forward to 2008 and the company had a another crack at making a mark on the market, and a new Laguna was again flying the tricolor. This time it was position as the company's flagship and was equipped as such. That also meant it carried a hefty price tag. There were two body styles offered, a hatch and a wagon, and three models in the Expression, Privilege and Dynamique. The new model was longer, wider and taller than the earlier model, but a smidgeon lighter.

Two engines were offered, one a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that delivered decent performance while slurping premium unleaded, the other was a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel that was the best driver of the two thanks to its enormous reserves of torque in the range that's best suited to everyday driving. Renault also offered two transmissions, a six-speed auto was the primary 'box across the range and was a smooth operator with seamless shifts and easy drivability, and there was a six-speed manual available in some models.

Out on the road the Laguna's ride was comfortable, much as you would expect a French car to be, while the handling was surprisingly agile and reassuring, with a high level of grip. Inside the cabin the Laguna was a little plain, but spacious and well appointed.

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Renault build quality has always been questionable and the Laguna is no different. It can be variable, so check possible purchases thoroughly before deciding to buy. We receive few complaints here at Carsguide to suggest there are any issues worth noting with the car,but that could simply be a result of the low sales.

It's also worth checking where you could have the car serviced, as the dealer network isn't as large as some other brands and that could mean a longish trip to have an oil change and lube job. There are specialist mechanics around who not only know the Renault brand, but also take pride in working on the cars, and that often means you'll get a better job from a more conscientious worker.

Look for oil leaks around the engine, check for coolant leaks as well, and make sure your chosen car has been regularly serviced. There have been reports of poor AM radio reception, even in major cities, and that suggests Renault Australia hasn't done its homework.

SMITHY SAYS

Comfortable transport with refined road manners, with a few small issues. No bargain. One for the diehards.

Renault Laguna 2008-2010
3 stars

Price new: $42,990 to $49,990
Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder, 125 kW/270 Nm; 2.0-litre turbo-diesel 4-cylinder, 110kW/340 Nm
Transmission: 6-speed auto, 6-speed manual, FWD
Economy: 8.9 L/100 km (petrol), 6.0 L/100 km (TD)
Body: 5-door hatch, 4-door wagon
Variants: Expression, Privilege, Dynamique
Safety: 5-star ANCAP

COMING UP
Do you own a Ford Fiesta? If so tell us what you think of itby sending your comments to Graham Smith at grah.smith@bigpond.com or Carsguide, PO Box 4245, Sydney, NSW, 2010.
 

 

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2010 $6,820 $12,320
2009 $6,710 $12,100
2008 $6,380 $11,440

View all Renault Laguna pricing and specifications

Pricing guides

$8,910
Based on third party pricing data
Lowest Price
$6,380
Highest Price
$11,440

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
2.2 DCi 2.2L, Diesel, 5 SP AUTO $6,820 – 9,570 2008 Renault Laguna 2008 2.2 DCi Pricing and Specs
Expression 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $6,820 – 9,680 2008 Renault Laguna 2008 Expression Pricing and Specs
Privilege 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $7,810 – 11,000 2008 Renault Laguna 2008 Privilege Pricing and Specs
Dynamique 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $7,920 – 11,110 2008 Renault Laguna 2008 Dynamique Pricing and Specs
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist

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