THE 308 Touring is everything you expect of a Peugeot. It looks good, is very comfortable, there is lots of creative thinking, and it drives well.
The 2-litre petrol model gets along well and has a responsive gearbox, though the 1.6 is likely to struggle — particularly with a family load. The 2-litre diesel is responsive and works well with either manual or automatic gearbox.
The diesel also shows Peugeot’s class and experience, as it is extremely quiet at both start-up and highway cruising speeds.
The cabin is roomy for the class, the seats are comfy and supportive, and the equipment is everything you would want or need — apart from electronic stability control on the base car.
Flexibility is excellent. You can mix and match the seats or remove some, depending on your needs. It takes a bit of learning but is very worthwhile and an advance over other compact wagons we have driven.
The panoramic sunroof is a nice touch and will definitely get people looking, but also has a proper sun-blocker for hot weather.
Peugeot deserves to do well with the Touring but needs to make more noise to regain its place on shopping lists in Australia instead of relying on repeat business from existing owners.
Creative: the 308 is uniquely French, from its good looks to its emphasis on diesel.