Predicted extinction date: 2022 Q1
Renault launched the Laguna in 1993 into a market that had just welcomed the Ford Mondeo and Citroen Xantia. Buyers loved it for its practical and spacious interior and stylish exterior – a rare treat in the family-car market. Its popularity resulted in a makeover in 2001, and again in 2007, but the marque decided to park the model indefinitely – to be replaced by the larger, Talisman.
Despite being a consumer favourite, 2,300 Lagunas are being scrapped every three months. On the flip side, high-quality examples of later performance specs can fetch up to £5,000 second hand, while run-of-the-mill models can be picked up for as little as a few hundred. Figures suggest that there will be none by early 2022 – and no longer will we see that immediately recognisable bonnet on our roads.