2003 Renault Laguna Initiale 2.2 from UK and Ireland
A good all rounder
Nothing so far.
This top range Laguna has been a delight to own for the last 6 months.
Swift, quiet and refined it eats up the motorway miles returning over 40mpg despite the automatic gearbox.
The Climate Control is outstanding coping with both temperature extremes with ease, the only interaction which is required is to turn on the heated rear window when needed.
The rain sensitive wipers took a little getting used to, but they by and large judge their interval correctly. The light sensitive rear view mirror is very effective. indeed all the bits of electronic gadgetry seem to work very well and add to the driving pleasure.
The colour SATNAV screen is easy to read in all, but direct rear sunlight and has added hugely to matrimonial peace and harmony, now instead of arguing with each other we argue with "Bernard" - the girl in the dashboard. My only criticism is that Renault still haven't sorted out their TMC partner in the UK though this is promised in the new year.
The audio system works very well and Renault's fingertip controls are still the best around.
There is the odd squeak from the dashboard area, but not enough to get annoyed about and overall build quality seems good.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th September, 2003
Comment regarding the odd squeak in the dashboard. I have just bought a Renault Laguna Euroline -02 and it had the same problem. After commenting the problem to the dealer, they fixed it. The noise was caused by a loose wire under the dashboard, and the car is now running smoothly.