How to Buy a Renault Laguna

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How to Buy a Renault Laguna

French automaker Renault launched the Renault Laguna in 1993 as a large family vehicle meant to replace the popular Renault 21. First introduced as a hatchback, the Laguna also has been produced in estate and coupé models. This affordable car has garnered praise for its safety, comfort, and style, as well as its affordability. Moreover, Renault is a renowned diesel-engine manufacturer, so the line of diesel engines available for the Laguna presents consumers with several options that balance economy and power.

Renault ceased sales of the Laguna in the UK in 2012 to cut costs, but it continued to be available on the European market. Nevertheless, there are a number of quality used Laguna's for sale in the UK. Buyers interested in purchasing a Laguna have a wide range of options. To find the best model and set of options for one's money, some research and preliminary steps are recommended.

An Overview of the Renault Laguna

During the time of its availability on the UK market, the Laguna went through three different generations of the hatchback and estate models, with a coupé version featured in the third generation. Buyers should consider their driving habits and needs to help decide which model is right for them: the sporty, two-door coupé, the practical estate, or the handsome, all-purpose hatchback. Because of the number of iterations to the Renault Laguna, buyers are advised to read professional and owner reviews of different models, paying attention to trim and engine variations, as these can have a big impact on things like safety, standard equipment, design, and performance.

The First Generation: 1993-2001

The first generation, from 1993-2001, featured the hatchback and estate versions. Through the years, standard equipment was gradually increased to include power steering, electric front windows, a driver's airbag, and remote central locking as standard on all models. Twin airbags, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, and a CD player were optional or standard, depending on the trim. Some of the estates had seven seats, and others only five. While later generations were known for their safety, the first-generation Laguna received a Euro NCAP safety rating of two out of five stars in 1997.

A 1998 facelift revised some external features and introduced a better set of engines, so experts suggests looking for post-1998 versions if possible. The following chart outlines some of the better-reviewed engines from the first generation.

Engine

Hatchback or Estate

Acceleration from 0-60mph

Power

1.9 dTi Turbodiesel

Estate, post-1999

12.6 seconds

100 bhp

1.8 16V Petrol

Estate, post-1999

10.7 seconds

120 bhp

2.0 16V Petrol

Estate, post-1999

9.6 seconds

140 bhp

2.2 dT Diesel

Hatchback, post-1999

11.4 seconds

115 bhp

1.9 dCi Diesel

Hatchback, post-1999

11.9 seconds

110 bhp

1.8 16V Petrol

Hatchback, post-1999

10.4 seconds

120 bhp

The above engines are selected for their balance of performance and economy. If considering other models, drivers should research reviews of the engine to determine whether it meets their requirements.

The Second Generation: 2001-2007

Renault introduced an all-new Laguna at the end of 2000. The second generation featured engine upgrades, a new chassis, and an expanded range of equipment, including air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, remote central locking, and a CD player. Higher-end trim versions include more upscale features like alloy wheels, a sunroof, and leather upholstery. Perhaps most notably, this generation of Lagunas received a five-star Euro NCAP rating. A facelift in 2005 improved interior materials and quality control. Both the hatchback and sport tourer (previously the estate) versions have received positive reviews for comfort and refinement.

The second-generation Laguna featured a spectrum of different engines, from a modest 1.6-litre petrol to the 175bhp 2.0-litre diesel, one of the most powerful in production. In general, the diesels combine smoothness, economy, and power. The following chart highlights some of the best-reviewed engines of the second generation.

Engine

Acceleration from 0-60mph

Power

2.0 16V Petrol

9.5 seconds

135 bhp

2.0T 16V Turbo Petrol

8.2 seconds

165 bhp

1.9 dCi Diesel

10.4 seconds

120 bhp

1.9 dCi Diesel

9.9 seconds

130 bhp

2.0 dCi Diesel

9.5 seconds

150 bhp

2.0 dCi Diesel

8.1 seconds

175 bhp

Buyers should be aware that there are other engines available, and not all motors are available in all trim versions. As they consider which engine is right for them, consumers should keep in mind that more powerful engines tend to command a higher price.

The Third Generation: 2008-2012

The last Laguna generation to be sold in the UK, the third generation features a solid selection of diesel engines, stylish design, enjoyable handling, and a good set of standard kit. This generation also receives a five-star safety rating from the Euro NCAP. It comes as a five-door hatchback, five-door estate (sport tourer), and a two-door coupé.

Numerous trim versions are available for the hatchback and sport tourer, with the entry-level Expression trim featuring standard air conditioning, four electric windows, alloy wheels, electronic stability control, a CD player, electric door mirrors, and more. Higher-end trims add details like front fog lights, Bluetooth connectivity, 18-inch alloys, and TomTom sat nav. The coupé has just two trims, standard and GT. The standard boasts climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, 18-inch alloy wheels, and sports seats; the GT model comes with more luxuries, like leather upholstery and cruise control, and performance-enhancing features like a four-wheel-steering system and superior tyres and brakes.

There are five engines in the third generation Lagunas, with petrol and diesel options. The following chart outlines the range.

Engine

Hatchback, Sport Tourer, or Coupé

Acceleration from 0-60mph

Power

1.5 dCi Diesel

Hatchback and sport tourer

11.5 seconds

110 bhp

2.0 dCi Diesel

Hatchback and sport tourer

10.3 seconds

130 bhp

2.0 dCi Diesel

Hatchback and sport tourer

9.5 seconds

150 bhp

2.0 16V Petrol

Hatchback and sport tourer

8.8 seconds

140 bhp

2.0T 16V Turbocharged Petrol

Hatchback and sport tourer; automatic gearbox only

8.9 seconds

170 bhp

2.0 dCi Diesel

Hatchback GT and sport tourer GT; coupé

8.2 seconds

180bhp

2.0 Turbocharged Petrol

Hatchback GT and sport tourer GT; coupé

7.8 seconds

205bhp

3.0 V6 dCi Diesel

Coupé GT; automatic gearbox only

7.1 seconds

231bhp

3.5 V6 Petrol

Coupé GT; automatic gearbox only

7.2 seconds

236bhp

Generally, all of these engines have received positive reviews, so choosing one depends on the buyer's priorities. Those interested in fuel economy and emissions may also want to research the statistics for particular engines they are interested in. Finding the right balance of power and economy is crucial when selecting an engine. Those who carry heavy loads may want to opt for a motor with more horsepower, such as the 2.0-litre diesel.

Tips for Buying a Renault Laguna

Used Renault Lagunas can be purchased from independent dealers and private sellers. There are a few important steps in the buying process to make sure the vehicle is reliable and in acceptable condition. First and foremost, this helps ensure that the car is safe, giving the buyer confidence.

Vehicle History Report

Prospective buyers can obtain the history associated with a vehicle's registration mark. This report, which can be purchased for a nominal fee through various agencies, includes title transfers, any collision history, and information on whether the car has outstanding payments, or has been written off or stolen.

Listed Value

Checking the listed value for the exact model under consideration helps buyers decide how much they are willing to spend. Consult an independent source like Glass' Guide, What Car, or Parkers for accurate valuation, and avoid cars selling for well below the listed price.

Checking for Recalls

It is also helpful to verify that there are no recalls connected with the vehicle. A recall history is available through the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency website. If there has been a recall, ask for documentation that the vehicle was serviced accordingly.

How to Buy a Renault Laguna on eBay

Take advantage of eBay's user-friendly tools to search for the Laguna models you're interested in, compare different listings, and research the car you're considering. Begin on the website's homepage, and locate the search bar. Then, type in keywords for what you're looking for, such as "Laguna GT", or "Laguna Hatchback". You can refine your search results according to various criteria, including price, transmission, and mileage.

When you've found a car you're interested in, check the full listing for important details about condition, specifications, and payment and pickup requirements. If you have a question for the seller, you can contact them through eBay. In some cases, you can buy a vehicle status report through eBay.

Be sure you get to know the seller a bit more before buying. Look at their feedback score and read through comments left by past buyers, especially those who purchased a vehicle. Avoid sellers that do not respond to your inquiries. Once you've completed your transaction, help the seller by leaving your own constructive feedback.

Conclusion

The Renault Laguna is a large family vehicle sold in the UK between 1993 and 2012. During that time, the Laguna underwent several changes, with improvements to the engines, design revisions, and the addition of important safety features. Beginning with the second generation, the Laguna received five-star Euro NCAP ratings, and has otherwise been regarded as a comfortable, affordable vehicle with a good set of standard equipment and solid array of diesel engine choices. The Laguna is available as a five-door hatchback or estate (or sport tourer), and the third generation also features a coupé.

Before buying a Laguna, it is useful to familiarise oneself with the range, and consider which model best fits one's needs in terms of power, economy, space, comfort, and equipment. When purchasing a used Laguna, buyers should obtain a vehicle history report, and also research the valuation and recall history for the exact model. These are important steps to ensure the car is safe and the purchase worry-free.

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