The wagon or estate segment in the Philippines is a very niche yet rabid market. For the few buyers that do buy them usually keep them to the point that they are passed down through generations like an heirloom. In varying degrees of size and focus, there are only three wagons in the compact to mid-size market. The first two are Japanese, the 167 bhp all-wheel-drive 1.6-liter Boxer-turbo Subaru Levorg 1.6GT-S (P1,718,000.00), and the larger 185 bhp Mazda6 Sport wagon with a 2.5-liter gasoline engine (P1,845,000.00). The 2016 Peugeot 308 Allure wagon you see here is also sold as a “GT” wagon variant with a touch more equipment and a more sporting demeanor at a retail price of P1,890,000.00. The 2nd generation 308 model-series is award-winning in Europe and it definitely looks and functions accordingly. The 308 Wagon essentially stands on its own as the only affordable European product in its segment powered by a very healthy 1.6-liter turbodiesel. You can also choose to get the more traditional 308 hatchback that uses the same 150 bhp 1.6-liter turbo engine found in the Peugeot RCZ or the same turbodiesel found in our wagon test car.
Being one of those few domestic consumers that buy wagons, my last being a novel Chrysler 300C with a HEMI V8, I prefer the 308 wagon in the slightly more affordable Allure packaging precisely because it rides on more forgiving yet no less agile 17-inch alloys that so happen to also look good, and I prefer what Peugeot calls “Bi-Matter” seats that use liberal amounts of Alcantara. Peugeot is very proud of their French designs and their clean-burning turbodiesels, and they should be. Stepping into the 308 wagon, I immediately liked the completely unique dashboard, high-grade materials, the tiny but awesome steering wheel, instruments, and the fully integrated touch screen i-Cockpit® control center that manages infotainment, vehicle functions, driving data, and climate control. The audio system also sounds pretty damn good, the best sounding 6-speaker system yet in a standard setup thanks to Arkamys. All the car’s features are easily found and managed in a refreshingly logical manner.
The 308 is very light on its feet with an amazing turning radius, effortless power delivery that feels and drives as if it had a bigger powerplant, and very compliant suspension. The full LED lighting looks and functions fabulously. You will have to get the GT variant if you want LED foglamps though as the Allure gets by with traditional halogen units. The rear trunk at 660 liters is very capacious despite being a small car, and gets even bigger when the ‘Magic Flat’ rear seats are folded instantly with handy switches on both sides of the trunk.
The Peugeot 308 wagon is truly a well thought out and versatile vehicle with tremendous fuel range thanks to its diesel engine that never feels anemic. Dare I say that I honestly think it’s the very best Peugeot model being sold in the market today. If you want an uncommon car with style and substance, combined with balanced power and efficiency in an elegant package, then this is the lion you have been looking to put in your garage.
Specification – 2016 Peugeot Allure Wagon
Engine: Inline-4, 1560 cc, dohc 16V, Commonrail Direct Injection Intercooled Turbodiesel, 6-Speed Aisin AT
Max power: 118 bhp @ 3500 rpm
Max torque: 221 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
0-100 km/h (0-62mph): 10.2 seconds
Top speed: 192 km/h (120 mph)
Fuel Mileage: 4.5 L/100 km City & 3.7 L/100 km Highway
Price as tested: PhP 1,740,000.00
+Drives with more potency than it actually has, stylish, smooth, nimble, excellent interior design and comfort, big trunk, one of Peugeot’s best
-Rear seats are less spacious than expected, no rear a/c vents, rear suspension can get a touch choppy, no rear camera.
C! RATING: 9.5 /10