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Hi Mart, I've got a mk1 laguna(shouldn't be too different to a new laguna I'd guess!) that developed a clonking noise from the front that no one could identify for best part of a year. I'd done the ball joints and the anti roll bar drop links as well as the track rod ends, and it was still making the noise.
It turned out to be the suspension strut upper mounting,a give away was rubber shavings around the mount and the difference in gap that you describe.
I got a new one from german,swedish, and french car parts, it wasn't horrendously priced(you might get it cheaper from some other factors), and the job wasn't that bad to do on the drive either!
Hope this helped, Good luck, and Happy New year !
Currently in Phil Yeats's garage:
2002 Laguna 2 1.9dci Privilege tourer, 2000 Scenic 1.6 alize sport