Peu­geot wagon has plenty of Al­lure

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Motoring - ■ Peter An­der­son

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.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

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.

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