DRIV­ING

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

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.

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