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Renault's diesel Laguna is a leap forward, but a disappointment, nonetheless

Renault logo27 Feb 2009

By LUCIANO PAOLINO

RENAULT has tackled the previous Laguna’s weaknesses head-on with the third-generation model launched in Australia during the middle of 2008, with a particular emphasis on tackling reliability, durability, quality and interior presentation. And, indeed, the latest model is a quantum leap forward for the series in these respects, while providing a fresh look and an industry-leading turbo-diesel engine application. However, in top-line Privilege dCi edition, the X91 Laguna suffers from unexpected shortcomings, undermining what could have been the most improved car of the last 12 months.
Model release date: 1 June 2008 to 1 April 2011

Previous model

Renault X74 Laguna dCi hatchback Series II

Released: November 2006
Ended: May 2008
Family Tree: Laguna

After almost a year of being discontinued, the second-generation, X74 Laguna returned minus the petrol-powered 2.0 and 3.0-litre V6 engines and wagon model, for a facelifted 102kW/320Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder dCi turbo-diesel model driving the front wheels through a five-speed automatic gearbox. This single-model entry was designed to keep the nameplate present in the prestige segment until the next-gen X91 Laguna arrived in the middle of 2008. Comfortable, sprightly and very well equipped the Renault may have been, but a lack of promotional budget meant that this underrated model remained invisible to consumers.

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