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This was originally going to be a review on the Peugeot 308 GTi, the French brand’s halo hot hatch launched late last year. But, due to a sudden unavailability of that car (for reasons unexplained), we instead found ourselves faced with this, the 2018 Peugeot 308 Touring. Oh well, any port in a storm, as the saying goes…
First launched locally in 2014, this second-generation 308 has been updated each model year to bring it into line with current trends. The MY18 Peugeot 308 is no different, benefitting from styling updates and upgraded levels of specification.
On test we have the Peugeot 308 Touring Allure, which, aside from the previously mentioned GTi hot hatch, represents the top of the range in the not-hot-hatch 308 line-up. Priced at $37,990 plus on-road costs, our test car was fitted with the $2700 optional Nappa leather interior and 18-inch alloys (17s are standard), as well as the classy and glassy panoramic roof ($1000), bringing the as-tested price to $41,690. That’s on par with arguably its nearest rival, the Volkswagen Golf 110TDI Highline wagon that gets underway at $38,990 before options and on-road costs.