New Renault Laguna Review
Renault must be hoping it will be third time lucky for the Laguna, this third generation of Renault's family car needed to be a whole lot better than the model it replaced, as there were plenty of critics of the MK II Laguna. Electrical faults and poor build quality were just a couple of the criticisms levelled at the previous generation Laguna, Renault have taken this on board and assured buyers the MK III Laguna won't suffer these same symptoms. To ensure this, the latest generation of Luguna is certainly more of a revolution than mere evolution, sitting on an all new platform with a new shape exterior, the build quality has certainly been improved and this is noticeable both inside and outside the car.
Available in both saloon and Tourer variants, the Laguna has had to improve dramatically to compete in a marketplace that includes the new Mondeo and the VW Passat, fit and finish on both these rivals has always been regarded as class leading, however, Renault's partnership with the Japanese car giant, Nissan, seems to have injected some much needed engineering prowess and the Laguna seems to have benefited from this partnership.
One thing that hasn't changed for the new Laguna is Renault's commitment to safety, the replaced model was the first car to achieve a five star rating in its Euro NCAP test and this latest offering is just as good, if not better than the old model. ABS with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), emergency brake assistance (EBA), ESP, CSV understeer control, ASR traction control and six airbags are all fitted as standard.
With a good driving position, hardly any wind noise and an extremely comfortable cabin, the Laguna has been designed to eat up motorway miles and it does just that, indeed this could be claimed to be the new Laguna's strong point. Is it enough to take sales from the likes of Ford and Vauxhall? Only time will tell, one thing is for certain though, the new Laguna is a whole lot better than the old Laguna.
Like the looks of the Renault Laguna, why not check out the Citroen C5, the Ford Mondeo, the VW Passat, the Skoda Octavia, the Toyota Avensis, the Honda Accord, the Peugeot 407 or the Mazda 6.
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