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By James Foxall
15 January 2008 16:37
Renault’s new Laguna hasn’t impressed us yet. Purposively conservative looks, a slightly cramped interior, and a drive that can’t touch that of the Mondeo all count against it. But maybe the Sport Tourer (nee estate) can do better. It’s clearly a ‘lifestyle’ car with a steeply raked almost hatchback like rear window. But to these eyes it’s definitely smarter to look at than the saloon.
Yup. It’s a Laguna estate by another name. The result is a load bay that’s smaller than its rivals: seats up the boot will hold 501 litres to a Mondeo’s 542, and with the seats down the Mondeo bests the Renault’s 1593 litres by a whole 140. But the space you do get is quite usable with no intrusion from the wheel arches and a low lip for loading. The parcel shelf retracts when you tap it, but the release mechanism isn’t the sturdiest bit of kit we’ve ever come across. However it’s a neat idea to have the shelf slotting into the space beneath the boot floor when it’s not needed. The rear seats collapse flat at the push of a button and it’s even handier that there’s sufficient leg room to do it without retracting the head restraints.
Basically, yes. It’s identical to the hatch from the nose to the B pillar, though the more substantial rear end actually helps the side profile by balancing out the beaky front end. Sadly the profile isn’t where the Laguna is most wanting in the looks department. That’s reserved for the headlights which remain oversized and awkward. It’s a shame because the Laguna Sport Tourer has many decent attributes. While we couldn’t get it to unlock automatically the standard keyless start worked very well and locked the car as we walked away, even if the accompanying horn tone is reminiscent of remote locking early Nineties style.
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Renault Laguna Sport Tourer
As a current owner of a Laguna 2 Sport Tourer, and a previous owner of a Laguna 1, I have to ask " what on earth are Renault stylists up to?" This car is ugly. sorry Renault but I won't be buying one.
02 March 2008 18:45
Writing, sir, writing
Like all previous Renault mid-liners (18, 21, Laguna 1 and 2), this new offering will be bought for seven years, replaced and then forgotten before its successor´s first mid-cycle facelift.
But that´s not interesting.
The use of the word "purposively" in the opening paragraph caught my eye. I would have used "purposely" as it looks and sounds alot less like a George Bush verbal mangling. Both words mean the same thing.
After a little discussion about fidgety damping (that´s your fault, Car/Autocar/Top Clarkson/Evotane, for overselling sportiness) we have this sentence:
"Yet it’s still not good looking enough to appeal to buyers who want a car to say all the right things about their image."
Our image is projected by our cars and our other possessions (so they say). Our car is not their to say the right things "about" our image, our car is there to actually "be" the image. The image doesn´t exist independently of the trinket.
So, I think you´d have been better writing:
"Yet it’s still not good looking enough to appeal to buyers who are concerned about the image their car projects."
But, as I´ve said to other motoring scribes, telling us what you think other people will think of the car is outside your remit. I don´t want you to second-guess the opinions of saps who are interested in projecting the right image. I want to know what you, motoring guru, think of the stuff you can see, touch and test. And you can´t see, touch or test the nonsense filling the heads of image-sensitive, Barrett-home dwelling, label-swamped cattle, can you?
18 January 2008 09:54
Laguna Sport Tourer
This is much nicer than a Mondeo simply because it isn't as big and brash. The boot is easily big enough, and the seats and boot are much cleverer than anything else in the class. It also exudes quality and yes it looks better than the hatchback but it is one of the best looking estates out there. Then there's the astonishingly amazing interior...
17 January 2008 17:40
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