Peugeot wagon has plenty of Allure
Peugeot’s 308 has been a critical hit in Europe and Australia, garnering big scores against some stiff competition. As ever, the car has to fight the onslaught of SUVs for the family car space on the driveway, the wagon doubly so.
Almost despite the SUV challenge, a number of big carmakers have made a wagon version of their small hatchbacks available, with Peugeot being no exception.
Since its 2014 release, the French company has added this Touring version of the 308 to its line-up to build on the well-deserved success of the hatch.
The 308 Touring range has four variants across two spec levels.
The Allure auto petrol starts at $34,689, traversing Allure diesel and Allure premium petrol to arrive at $40,622 for the Allure Premium diesel. Our car was the last-but-one Allure Premium petrol, weighing in at $38,393.
Unfortunately, unless you want basic white, you’ll be paying at least $990 more for metallic or $1700 for pearl white.
You do get handsome 18-inch alloys, a six-speaker stereo with USB and Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, leather (some real, some not) and Alcantara trim, rear-view camera and front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and start, active cruise control, power front seats with massage function, full glass roof, sat-nav, LED headlamps, auto wipers and headlights, cargo blind, auto-parking, power everything, roof rails and dark glass.
Aside from the aforementioned paint options, there is a full Nappa leather interior for $2500.
While the 308 hatch is a bit too Volkswagen Golf-like, the wagon is much more its own car. It looks a heck of a lot longer than it really is (4.6m), but is still well-propor- tioned, particularly with the 18inch wheels.
Subtle satin brightwork around the glass and on the rails give it serious class and a few little touches, such as the keyless entry not having an ugly button, places the Peugeot a league ahead of competitors from Japan and Korea.
Inside is roomy and comfortable, with special mention for those brilliant front seats. Everything is right about them, even the slightly weird massage function.
The almost button-free console is a result of many major functions being pushed into the central screen. Looks-wise it gives the cabin a clean, minimalist dashboard, which is quite pleasing to the eye.
Head and leg room is pretty good in the back, although the latter isn’t class-leading. There is a conspicuous absence of drink-holders (just one), which will annoy many potential buyers.
The boot is predictably huge. With 625 litres seats-up and 1740 litres seats-down, these figures comfortably beat the Golf, Renault Megane and the Hyundai i30 and i40. Six airbags, blind-spot sensors, forward collision mitigation, ABS, stability and traction controls and brake force distribution add up to five ANCAP stars.
Peugeot’s Pearl Harbor approach to stereo, sat-nav and climate control is found in the 9.7inch central screen. This has its ups and downs but is fundamentally too slow to be so heavily relied on. Too often you need to look at the screen to see why it isn’t responding to your commands — potentially dangerous.
The 150THP is the 110kW version of the 1.6-litre four-cylinder found across a range of Peugeots and Citroens.
Alongside that power figure is a torque output of 240Nm, all fed through a six-speed automatic to the front wheels.
The 308 Touring is very, very difficult to fault.
It looks and feels great, goes well, is loaded with stuff and is as refined as its European rival, the Golf.
Peugeot’s 308 is roomy, sporty and a looker.
The boot is huge, with 625 litres seats-up and 1740 litres seats-down.
The dash takes the minimalist approach, with many functions squeezed into the console touchscreen.