What is it?
Renault's estate version of the new Laguna III hatch, which adds a bit of spice to an otherwise highly conservative design. Well, relatively speaking.
The Laguna 'Sports Tourer' still isn't going to set the world alight, but the sleek tapering of the extended tail does balance the shape up quite nicely. It also makes the new Laguna a more practical car, making up for the slightly small boot of the regular hatch model.
Giving ourselves a break from the usual turbodiesel powerplants in this class, we've decided to try the entry-level petrol version. That means 138bhp and 144lb ft of torque, but will it be enough to haul this large family car convincingly?
What's it like?
As an estate it's fine, with a flat, if slightly sloping load area and a neat cover that slides away with a one touch operation. The rear seats can be folded easily by pressing a button (the 'Super-fold' system) at the rear of the load bay – handy for when you're standing at the back of the vehicle. All in, there's nearly 1,600 litres of luggage space with the rear seats folded.
The rest of the interior is good news too, because true to their word, Renault has made huge strides with the quality of the materials in the new Laguna and the way in which the car feels screwed together.