Cupra Formentor Review
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Like Donny and the Osmonds, or Michael and the Jacksons, Cupra has decided to split from family brand Seat and go it alone, and this new Formentor is its first effort.
This sporty SUV from SEAT’s Cupra spin-off brand is available to order now and costs from £39,830. More affordable models with less powerful engines will be available in early 2021.
The Cupra Formentor looks sleeker, sportier and more aggressive than the Cupra Ateca. For starters, all those contrasting black air intakes in the front bumper are sharper and more angular, and there are two extra fog lights thrown in for good measure. Down each side, you’ll spot some chunky black side skirts and thick wheel arch trims that make its two-tone alloy wheels look even bigger.
Like the Cupra Ateca, there are plenty of copper-coloured details dotted about the Cupra Formentor, including on the badge and the brake callipers. But, what really sets the new Formentor apart from existing SEAT SUVs is its sloping roofline and coupe-like rear end.
Four exhausts and a large diffuser mean you won’t mistake the Cupra Formentor for a humdrum family SUV from behind, and the full-width light bar looks much more modern than the Cupra Ateca‘s two-piece brake lights.
The new Cupra Formentor range kicks off with 1.5-litre 150hp petrol engine. These models come with front-wheel drive and either a manual or an automatic gearbox.
There’s also a 190hp 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, and a 204hp hybrid model that uses a small electric motor and a 1.4-litre petrol engine. The latter also comes with an automatic gearbox as standard, but ditches four-wheel drive and gets front-wheel drive instead.
There’ll also be a 245hp version of the 1.4-litre petrol hybrid Formentor, again with front-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. You’ll be able to drive these 204hp and 245hp hybrid models in electric-only mode for around 30 miles before their petrol engines chime in to lend a hand, or you can use the petrol engine straight away and save the near-silent electric mode for later.
The 310hp 2.0-litre engine is from the Audi S3, and it makes the Formentor seriously quick.
Topping-off the new Cupra Formentor VZ range is a 310hp 2.0-litre petrol model with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive that’ll accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds. The Formentor’s engines are pretty similar to those in other Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda cars. For example, the petrol-hybrid system is related to what powers the VW Golf GTE and the Formentor’s 310hp 2.0-litre petrol engine has its roots in the engine used by the new Audi S3.
The Cupra Formentor will be available in six trim levels, ranging from V1 to VZ Edition.
Even entry V1 cars come with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, automatic windscreen wipers, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 10-inch digital driver’s display and wireless smartphone charging as standard.
You’ll also be able to get the Cupra Formentor with a 1.4-litre petrol-hybrid engine in early 2021, and the company is also developing a version with the 400hp 2.5-litre five-cylinder from the Audi RS3.
We’ve yet to drive the Cupra Formentor, but we’ll let you know what it’s like as soon as we do.