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A Grand Monday: Renault Laguna

Published 10 December 2018

Astonishingly, given its still-fresh looks, over 25 years have passed since the first Renault Laguna appeared. As the replacement for the 21, the new car was the French firm's first mid-size hatchback since the Renault 20, and a car that would go head-to-head with the new Ford Mondeo and Citroen Xantia - the two other big arrivals in 1993's company car parks. 

The Mk 1 Laguna is a car that was, for many years, a perfectly decent choice - comfortable, good to drive and spacious, it was also much more reliable than the Laguna 2 that replaced it. 

Alas, like so many other run-of-the-mill hatchbacks, Lagunas have all but disappeared in the past four or five years, as worthless bangers cast aside by uncaring owners, but that makes examples as good as the one we've unearthed this week well worthy of preserving. 

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It may only be a mid-spec 1.6 RT, but this Laguna is completely rot-free, with an immaculate interior and just 64,000 miles on the clock, along with a full MoT and detailed service history. 

At £895, it's probably all the money for a Mk 1 Laguna, but with numbers in freefall, you're unlikely to find a better one...


Christopher Baglin    on 16 December 2018

I had a 1.8RN for a while- it was a cheap and mostly reliable car- and even if the Laguna wasn't particularly impressive when first launched (I drove a few brand new ones when I was delivering hire cars as a 'job on the side', the interior was surprisingly durable- I looked to replace it with a 5 series Tourer of similar vintage that looked like it had been inhabitied by a flock of goats by comparison!

It was a decent if not particularly inspiring drive, too, and good on the motorway.

The most truly annoying thing about it though was the immobiliser. When getting in to start it you first have to remember to point the ignition key at the rear-view mirror and 'plip' it. Otherwise, when trying to start it in a hurry and forgetting, the engine would turn over once and die. Typical Renault! Its a bit like the location of the hazard light switch in the Master van- its by the rear view mirror- the last place you'd think to look.

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