Renault Laguna Hatchback 2001 - 2005

Renault Laguna Hatchback 2001 - 2005

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Good range of refined engines
  • First class safety rating
  • A comfortable car

Cons:

  • Cabin space is average
  • Small engines need to be worked hard
  • Some cars can be extremely unreliable

Overview

The Laguna is an attractive car with sleek lines and a certain French flair about it. It comes in the form of either a hatchback or Sport Tourer. The interior is extremely comfortable with plenty of kit available and with a facelift in 2005 this was improved even further. The drive is by no means that of a sports car, but it handles itself competently enough with well weighted steering and suspension that irons out even the roughest of road surfaces. It was also the first car in its category to be awarded a five star EURO NCAP safety rating.

Exterior and Interior

The Laguna is a beautifully sculpted car with French flair being obvious throughout. The interior is comfortable with the Sport Tourer being able to fit five people in easily, where as the Hatchback is more of a four seater due to the lack of shoulder room for three people in the back and the hard middle seat making longer journeys uncomfortable. There is also limited legroom in the back for taller passengers and they may suffer when it comes to headroom too. The cabin is well constructed and laid out with the central console appearing well laid out and easy to use. The boot space is generous especially in the Sport Tourer and with the split folding rear seats this can be increased to suit your needs. The cabin is full of extra storage areas in the form of cubby holes, door pockets and a pocket behind the drivers' seat for small items. A facelift in 2005 did improve the quality of the interior as well as slightly altering the exterior as well so we would recommend going for a facelift version.

Performance and Economy

The 1.6 and 1.8-litre engines aren't powerful enough to haul around the heavy body of the Laguna and as a result were dropped in 2005. The standard 2.0-litre petrol engine is a much better unit going from 0-60mph in 9.8 seconds and comes with a respectable economy rating of 34mpg. The turbocharged unit with its 165bhp offers a good all-round performance blending both speed and efficiency together going from 0-60mph in just 8.4 seconds (only slightly slower than the V6) and achieves 33mpg. The top of the range 3.0-litre V6 petrol is the quickest in the range going from 0-60mph in just 8.0 seconds, but it only manages a disappointing 27mpg. The diesel engines are good all-round performers with the two entry level 1.9-litre engines getting into the high 40's for fuel efficiency and going from 0-60mph in just over 10.0 seconds. The 2.2-litre engine hasn't proved particularly popular as its fuel efficiency is poor only managing 42mpg and isn't that much faster than the two 1.9-litre units going from 0-60mph in 9.7 seconds. The two introduced 2.0-litre engines are the two engines to go for. The one released in 2006 is the stand out favourite due to its 47mpg and taking only 8.1 seconds to go from 0-60mph. The insurance costs range between group 9 for the smaller 1.9 diesel and goes up to group 17 for the 3.0-litre V6.

Like to Drive

The Laguna is extremely comfortable to drive feeling stable and safe thanks to good handling capabilities and suspension setup, but it is by no means a sports car. The suspension absorbs bumps extremely well even on the worst of roads and it corners well to with minimal body roll and plenty of grip. Wind and road noise are also kept to a minimum even at motorway speeds.

Faults and Repairs

The reliability of the Laguna is inconsistent to say the least. Don't write them off straight away though as many of them prove to be problem free, but others are just riddled with problems. The turbo has been known to break on the diesels along with the engine electronics causing problems with some cases reporting a complete loss of power. There are other multiple electrical glitches in the Laguna that affect the windows, keyless entry, start system and many more. Service and repair costs aren't likely to be cheap either with the services coming in above most rival's average costs and the repairs will make your heart skip a beat and not in a good way.