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Peugeot 308 Touring 2018 review

EXPERT RATING
7.6
Peugeot's latest SUVs, the 3008 and 5008, are very, very good, but being a European company that means you can bet its station wagons will be even better to drive.

There’s clearly something in the (presumably Perrier sparkling) water over at Peugeot HQ. Once a perennial European also-ran, the French brand has been on something of a hot streak of late, producing super-solid offerings right across the board, headlined by the very good 3008 and 5008 SUVs.

It is, of course, still a European company, and so if its SUVs are good, the brand's humble station wagon - a body style that remains ever popular in France - should be blooming fantastic. And a 2018 update has seen Peugeot throw in some extra safety kit, and overhaul the ownership program, at no extra cost.

But there’s only one way to really find out, of course, so we snaffled the keys to the 308 Touring in top-spec Allure trim to put it to the test.

Peugeot 308 2018: ALLURE TOURING
Safety rating
Engine Type2.0L turbo
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency4.6L/100km
Seating5 seats
Price fromNo recent listings

Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?   8/10

The 308 Touring is available in just the single trim level, the high-spec Allure, and will cost you a not-insignificant $37,990 plus on-road costs. Our's was then fitted with nappa leather trim and 18-inch alloys, as well as a sunroof, boosting the as-tested price to $41,690.

The 308 Touring gets 17-inch alloys as standard. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton) The 308 Touring gets 17-inch alloys as standard. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton)

Tech is handled by a 9.3-inch screen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as steering-wheel controls and standard navigation.

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Is there anything interesting about its design?   7/10

It’s effortlessly understated, the 308 Touring; both inside and out. The two-tier and textured Peugeot grille looks clean and purposeful, while the rear-end design is clean and simple, too. In fact, the only angle we’re not in love with is the side-on view, where it looks somehow swollen and top-heavy in the middle.

  • The two-tier and textured Peugeot grille looks clean and purposeful. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton) The two-tier and textured Peugeot grille looks clean and purposeful. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton)
  • The rear-end design is clean and simple. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton) The rear-end design is clean and simple. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton)

Inside, the doors are wrapped in soft-touch materials, And I LOVE the interior. It’s unique and super understated - the very definition of minimalism - which kind of hides the fact that some of the materials feel a little hard and cheap in places. The moonroof (a cost option) is terrific, too, spanning the length of the cabin.

How practical is the space inside?   8/10

At 4585mm long and 2043mm wide, the 308 Touring is seriously practical, and yet small enough that it never feels intimidating to drive or park in the city.

The biggest number, of course, is reserved for that whopping boot. With the rear seats in place, you can expect 625 litres of storage space, but drop the second row and that number swells to a seriously impressive 1740 litres. That really is heaps, and it means you can carry big suitcases with a car full of passengers, or flatpack furniture should you ditch the rear-seat riders.

  • I LOVE the interior. It’s unique and super understated - the very definition of minimalism. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton) I LOVE the interior. It’s unique and super understated - the very definition of minimalism. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton)
  • The legroom is ample behind my own (I’m 176cm) driving position, but headroom feels cramped. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton) The legroom is ample behind my own (I’m 176cm) driving position, but headroom feels cramped. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton)

For passengers, the front-seat space is ample, with a single cupholder and room for bottles in each of the front doors. The entertainment connections are simple, with easy-reach USB and AUX connections and the ability to mirror your smartphone on the big screen in the cabin.

The backseat is a little tighter, though (a reminder that this car is actually based on a small hatchback). The legroom is ample behind my own (I’m 176cm) driving position, but headroom feels cramped, and the door trims protrude into the cabin in a way that will eat into shoulder room if you were to go three across the back.

Weirder still, there is nothing in the way of creature comforts back there. Rear air vents are the most obvious omission, but there’s also nowhere to plug a phone in.

You’ll find two ISOFIX attachment points, one in each window seat, as well as two cupholders in the pull-down seat divider. Happily, there is room in each rear door for bottles.

What are the key stats for the engine and transmission?   8/10

I really like the 308 Touring’s turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engine. It’s loud from outside the car, sure, but its unobtrusive from the cabin, which is what matters, and the low-down power delivery really suits the city-based nature of the wagon.

The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and sends its power to the front wheels. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton) The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and sends its power to the front wheels. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton)

It will generate 110kW at 3750rpm and 370Nm at 2000rpm. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and sends its power to the front wheels. It's enough for a fairly leisurely 10-second sprint from 0-100km/h and a 209km/h top speed.

How much fuel does it consume?   7/10

Claimed fuel use for the Touring is a very good 4.6L/100km on the combined cycle, with emissions a claimed 199g/km. The 308 is equipped with a 53-litre fuel tank.

What's it like to drive?   8/10

The 308 Touring is really very impressive from behind the wheel, and feels genuinely premium on the road. That rattling diesel is loud from outside the car, but not from the cabin, and it feels solid and connected to the road below. There’s a reassuring heft to the steering, too, and it leaves you feeling like you're straddling a line between premium and mainstream.

Yes, there is a tonne of diesel delay when you first plant your right foot - so much so that you can actually get the front tyres chirping unexpectedly when it finally gets going - and the Touring is simply not that fast.

  • With the rear seats in place, you can expect 625 litres of storage space. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton) With the rear seats in place, you can expect 625 litres of storage space. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton)
  • Drop the second row and that number swells to a seriously impressive 1740 litres. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton) Drop the second row and that number swells to a seriously impressive 1740 litres. (image credit: Andrew Chesterton)

But it also, somehow, never feels underpowered. The grunt all lives at the low-end of the rev range, making it well suited to the stop-start sludge of city life.

In short, it's a solid and comfortable performer in the city, and it handles itself just fine on tighter corners (even if it takes an age to close the gap between them) too. The ride is terrific, as is often the way with French cars, the steering inspires confidence and the practicality and perks are just ridiculous.

So, who needs an SUV, then, when you can have one of these low-riders instead?

Warranty & Safety Rating

Basic Warranty

3 years / 100,000 km warranty

What safety equipment is fitted? What safety rating?   7/10

The basic safety stuff is all there, like six airbags, a reversing camera and parking sensors front and rear. But Peugeot has upped its safety game with more advanced tech, like a driver-fatigue detection system, blind-spot monitoring, active lane keep assistance, AEB and even speed-sign recognition.

The 308 range was awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating when assessed in 2014.

What does it cost to own? What warranty is offered?   8/10

Peugeot deserves massive kudos for overhauling its once-underwhelming ownership program, and the 308 Touring now arrives with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty with roadside assistance offered throughout. 

Servicing is required very 12 months or 20,000km, with Peugeot’s capped-price-servicing program limiting annual maintenance costs to between $500 and $820 most years, depending on the service required.

Verdict

Seriously, it's cars like the 308 Touring (and the best from Skoda and others, to be fair) that make you wonder exactly how SUVs took such a stranglehold on the Australian market. It's super easy to drive and park, as practical as a rolling Swiss Army knife, and it looks pretty damn good to boot.

The only real question mark is the price, with near-enough $40k feeling rather a lot for a wagon that misses some of the creature comforts and interior material choices of cars in that price bracket.

Is Peugeot's 308 Touring a desirable SUV alternative? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Pricing Guides

$30,694
Based on 30 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$17,990
Highest Price
$46,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Active 1.2L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $17,990 – 26,990 2018 PEUGEOT 308 2018 Active Pricing and Specs
Allure 1.2L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $24,860 – 35,990 2018 PEUGEOT 308 2018 Allure Pricing and Specs
AVANTAGE TENNIS LIMITED EDT 1.2L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $25,520 – 31,460 2018 PEUGEOT 308 2018 AVANTAGE TENNIS LIMITED EDT Pricing and Specs
GT 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO No recent listings 2018 PEUGEOT 308 2018 GT Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.6
Price and features8
Design7
Practicality8
Engine & trans8
Fuel consumption7
Driving8
Safety7
Ownership8
Andrew Chesterton
Contributing journalist

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