2008 Renault Laguna Dynamique 2.0 DCI (150BHP) turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
If it had a BMW badge on the front, Top Gear would have had their tongues up its exhaust pipe!
A major step forward in interior quality. The new Mondeo interior looks like a bit of a dog's breakfast compared to the smart Laguna. The exterior looks like a cross between the Mk1 and mk2, and looks pretty good I think.
The car is still as comfortable as ever, but the drive is much sharper with less body roll. Motorway cruising is superb, hushed and effortless with cruise control.
One of the most practical family cars with good ergonomics. All controls in the right place and not too many of them, 12v sockets everywhere and the remote radio stalk is the best around. Unlike many new cars, the all round vision is good and I find it quite easy to park/reverse.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th December, 2008
Comments on the interiors are subjective. Each to their own.
Re. the Renault reliability thing - if you look at the latest surveys the cars are doing much better. The New Laguna is a massively better engineered car than its predecessor. It has a 100000 mile warranty.
The new Renault Laguna is a totally different car to the old one, I am totally impressed with mine (replaced a terrible Ford S MAX).
Reliability and quality is spot on and I believe the turbo issues are over now.
Thankfully for canny buyers people who owned old Lagunas don't know how good the new car is - result - low second hand prices meaning a year old car for 10 - 11k.
Personally I tested the new Mondeo and Insignia and the kids hated them as you can't see out. From my perspective they were dull and far too big.
There is no question the Laguna is not a looker, but anyone who says the Mondeo is has issues..