The current Renault Laguna only has been on sale since late 2007, yet such is the pace of change in the modern motor industry, Renault has chosen to update it already.
The revised line-up is labelled the 2010 , despite going on sale on 1 June 2009. The changes rationalise the range down to four trim levels – Expression, Dynamique, TomTom Edition and Initiale – while also introducing a raft of engine enhancements.
Of the 38 different revised Laguna hatchbacks and Sport Tourer estates available, 10 now receive Renault’s Eco2 label. This is applied to all Renaults that emit less than 140g/km CO2, and is signified on the Laguna by model name and special badging.
All Eco2 cars are powered by the 1.5-litre dCi 110 turbodiesel (130g/km hatch, 133g/km estate) or the revised 2.0-litre dCi 150 turbodiesel with particulate filter (139g/km and 140g/km). For £500 less you can buy a dCi 150 without the particulate filter, but this comes with an 18g/km CO2 penalty.
Other engines include a 1.9-litre turbodiesel and two other variants of 2.0-litre turbodiesel. Only one petrol engine is offered – an entry-level 2.0-litre 16v.
Standard equipment on the 2010 Laguna includes 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a sophisticated electronic stability control (ESC) system and electric heated door mirrors, while the interior benefits from detail changes.
Dynamique gets a new look as it inherits the sporty bodykit from the previous GT model, and adds rear parking sensors and dual-zone climate control to its extra kit.
TomTom Edition is based on the Dynamique and comes as standard with Renault’s latest Carminat TomTom satellite navigation system. This is an impressively comprehensive piece of technology, especially considering it costs just £450 as an option on other Laguna models.
Finally, Initiale also gets the Carminat TomTom, but as range-topper it adds full leather, 17-inch wheels, electric seats, MP3 player integration, xenon headlights, all-round parking sensors, keyless go and – unusually these days – wood trim.
The previous generation Laguna had a very poor reliability record according to the 2008 Which? New Car Reliability survey, and with the launch of the current car in 2007, Renault claimed it was making major improvements.
We are still waiting on the results of this year’s survey, but there are already indications of progress, the Laguna ranking second in Germany’s 2008 ADAC results. The ADAC is Germany (and Europe’s) largest automobile club.
The 2010 Renault Laguna is priced from £16,795 to £24,650 for the hatchback, or £17,795 to £25,650 for the Sport Tourer estate.
The range remains unchanged at this time.
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