New Cupra Formentor revealed: everything you need to know

April 29, 2024 by

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This is the new Cupra Formentor, and it’s been given more than just a new face for 2024. 

  • New Cupra Formentor revealed
  • More aggressive exterior styling
  • New infotainment system
  • More powerful engines
  • 62 miles of range for plug-in hybrid models
  • On sale later this year

The Cupra Formentor has been given a mid-life update, with a styling overhaul keeping it looking fresh against alternatives like the BMW X2 and Volkswagen T-Roc.

As well as a new look, the new Formentor also has more powerful engines than before and some new interior technology.

New Cupra Formentor design

Considering this is just a facelift for the Cupra Fomentor, it’s actually been given a pretty extensive exterior makeover.

The front end is almost all-new, with sleek triangular LED headlights replacing the more complex ones of the outgoing car. Triangles are a running theme here, with little triangle running lights within the main lamp. The bonnet is also more pointy than it was before, something Cupra calls the ‘shark-nose’, and the grille is much wider and more imposing.

Not a huge deal has changed down the side, with the Formentor retaining its sporty sloping roofline and coupe-esque profile. There are some new alloy wheel designs to choose from, ranging from 18 to 19 inches.

There are some more significant updates at the rear, the most notable being the new light bar across the boot lid. While this was a feature of the previous car, it now has the Cupra logo illuminated in the centre, and the tail lights have been updated with yet more triangles.

New Cupra Formentor interior and infotainment

Changes to the new Formentor’s cabin are a bit more subtle, however there are some tasty upgrades to keep things feeling modern.

You get some improved materials for a more plush feeling inside, such as the microfiber inserts on the sports seats. Leather is also available as an option. Range-topping versions get bucket seats with a lower seating position as well.

As for the infotainment system, there is a new 12.9-inch touchscreen which comes as standard, up from the 12.0-inch display you got before. It’s running new software which is more user-friendly, and the touch sliders underneath are now backlit so you can see them at night.

New Cupra Formentor engines and performance

There are a lot of engine options for the new Cupra Formentor, so finding one to suit your needs shouldn’t be too difficult.

The range kicks off with a 150hp 1.5-litre petrol engine wired to a six-speed automatic gearbox, or you can have the same unit with an automatic and mild-hybrid tech for added efficiency. A 2.0-litre petrol with 204hp is also offered.

Petrolheads will be more excited by the VZ versions, because these cars both use the same engine as you’ll find in the Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3. You can have one with 265hp and front-wheel drive, but it’s the VZ3 which will really get your pulse racing.

This version has 333hp and all-wheel drive, just like the new Audi S3. That’s 23hp more than you got in the old Formentor, and it’s almost 30hp more than you get in the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35.

An official 0-60mph time for the VZ3 hasn’t been published yet, but the outgoing model would complete the sprint in 4.9 seconds. You can expect to shave a few tenths off this time.

For added thrills on a racetrack, the VZ3 even has a drift mode which can split the power between the rear wheels for some tail-out action. Six-piston brakes feature up front for some added stopping power.

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Putting our sensible hats back on, the e-Hybrid PHEV models have been upgraded with more all-electric range. There are two to choose from, one with 204hp and one with 272hp from a 1.5-litre petrol engine.

Both of these plug-in hybrids will do over 62 miles on electric power alone, plenty for most people’s daily commute and 25 miles more than the outgoing car. Low low emissions will also make this the go-to for company car drivers looking for the lowest BIK rates.

When can I buy the new Cupra Formentor?

The new Cupra Formentor will be available to order soon, however prices haven’t been confirmed just yet. The current car starts from £34,190, so expect this new one to cost over £35,000.

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