2002 Renault Laguna Initiale 2.0ide from UK and Ireland
A comfortable Gallic executive express
On delivery test drive "round the block", occasional knock/rattle from near-side rear three-quarter panel. (Loose/unfixed cable to side airbag is possible diagnosis.)
From delivery, intermittent failure of self-latching/releasing mechanism of radio/SatNav console cover.
At 1500 miles, whilst travelling at high speed, computer "sensed" we had lost the off-side rear wheel!
Wind noise from the base of the 'A'-pillar is apparent at high speed.
Intermittent failure of dead-locking mechanism by remote card. If pressed for two/three seconds, the second dead-lock feature would still not function.
Near-side rear passenger seat belt latch has been problematic/difficult to engage.
Not really a fault, but the location of the hazard warning indicator switch is too easily operated and accidentally switched on.
Cleaning the 'Silverstone' alloy wheels is a chore and the narrower holes are especially fiddly.
The car was delivered in September 2002, but is a July 2002 build.
Performance is very good and the car is very refined, handling is good (but it's not a sports car). Brakes are superb.
Fuel economy is par - average 34 mpg, so far.
Wing mirrors are not self-cleaning - the wind-flow over the housing seems to eddy down and across the face of the mirror, causing a gradual build-up of grime. Renault should use their F1 wind tunnel testing kit to sort this...
Other than the wheel sensor problem (which was easily overcome by restarting the system) I have had none of the apparent serious safety issues, electrical-wise reported by other owners in this forum. One visit to the Renault dealer is all the car has notched-up so far.
The features of the car are superb. Satellite navigation is a boon and an absolute must-have for any business traveller. The sound system is top-notch, with only a minor quibble with Classic FM reception.
The interior (grey leather/grey trim) is light and airy, very comfortable and wearing very well. The personal memory setting on seats/mirrors is just the icing on the cake for me and my wife.
I had a Series 1 Laguna in 1994 and enjoyed its Gallic charm. This New Laguna must rank as one of the best cars I have had the pleasure of driving, in spite of the little irritations/idiosyncrasies. I WILL get the rattle and console cover sorted - eventually.
You've seen the advert on television? I bought *that* car (sans auto and V6 engine...)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th February, 2003