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Renault Latitude 2.0 DCi Luxe (2011)

by Barry Green,reviewed October 2011

Diesel variants usually come with a $2000-3000 premium over their similarly specked petrol engine siblings, but not so the Latitude, Renault’s replacement for the Laguna mid-size sedan.
Prices start at $36,990 for the base model 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder or petrol 2.5-litre V6, power trains that also drive the better equipped Luxe at $42,490.

A smooth shifting six-speed automatic is standard on all. For the extra money buyers get an impressive inventory of equipment above and beyond what is standard on the base model, including auto lights, tilt/reach steering, cruise control, fog lights, electro chrome rear view mirror, tyre pressure monitor, immobiliser, auxiliary input and USB, 18-inch alloys and full-size spare.

Designed in France, the Latitude is made in Korea by Samsung under the Renault-Nissan alliance and shares some chassis architecture with the Nissan Maxima.

We tested both the petrol V6 and turbo-diesel Luxe models and, while the former didn’t disappoint, the latter convinced as the smarter buy with its 380 Nm of broad-spread torque making it a better drive. In fact, performance testing showed there’s very little between the turbo-diesel Latitude and the new, 125TDI Volkswagen Passat.

Mention should also be made of Renault extending its warranty now to five years. So, the Latitude ticks plenty of boxes. Crosses are few – the ride quality on rougher roads is a bit harsh, and head room getting into and out of the rear seats is a little restricted.
Renault Latitude 2.0 DCi Luxe 2011

For

Standard equipment levels, driveability

Against

Rear seat access/egress, ride over rough roads

Key features

Front/rear parking sensors with camera, sat nav, Bluetooth with audio streaming, leather-trim seats, tri-zone climate control air-conditioning, driver’s seat with memory, heating and 8-way power adjustment, Bose audio system

Safety

Dual front/side/front and rear curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), emergency brake assist (EBA), electronic stability control (ESC)

Car Details

Vehicle make Renault
Vehicle model Latitude 2.0 DCI Luxe
Vehicle type Medium Under $50,000
Year 2011
Price when new $42,490 MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel, 4-cyl
Max power 127 kW @ 3750 rpm
Max torque 380 Nm @ 2000 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 10.1 sec (average, as tested)
Braking from 80 km/h 23.1 m (average, as tested)
Economy ADR 6.5-litres/100 km (claimed)
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.