New Cupra Formentor UK prices and specs confirmed as 400hp model spotted

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
October 20, 2020

The Cupra Formentor is the first car from the Cupra performance brand that isn’t based on a SEAT hatchback or SUV. Read on for everything you need to know.

  • Cupra Formentor UK prices confirmed
  • On sale now
  • 310hp model priced from £39,830
  • First UK deliveries before 2021
  • Additional models on sale in 2021
  • 400hp 5-cylinder prototype spotted

The new Cupra Formentor SUV is on sale now. This sporty SUV from SEAT’s Cupra spinoff 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 new Cupra Formentor is available to order now. 

New Cupra Formentor prices and specs

The Cupra Formentor will be available in six trim levels, ranging from V1 to VZ Edition. V1 and V2 models have engines producing between 150hp and 204hp, while VZ1, VZ2 and VZ Edition versions produce between 245hp and 310hp.

Cupra Formentor V1 – from £27,300 (150hp 1.5-litre petrol engine)

The Cupra Formentor V1 comes 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. It’ll cost from £27,300 for a 150hp 1.5-litre petrol-powered model when it goes on sale in 2021.

The Formentor range is split into six different trim levels, from V1 to VZ Edition. 

Cupra Formentor V2 – from £TBC

The Cupra Formentor V2 adds 19-inch alloy wheels, heated Nappa leather sports seats, contrasting copper-coloured stitching on the interior trim, a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors. Cupra hasn’t said how much it’ll cost, yet.

Cupra Formentor VZ1 – from £TBC

Cupra Formentor VZ1 models get dual exhaust pipes, adaptive suspension, lumbar adjustment for the front seats, automatic headlights, traffic-sign recognition and blind-sport warning. Prices for the VZ1 haven’t been confirmed, yet.

VZ1 cars and above come with engines that produce at least 245hp. 

Cupra Formentor VZ2 – from £39,830 (310hp 2.0-litre petrol engine)

High-spec Formentor VZ2 models get the same equipment as VZ1 cars, but add extra leather trim on the doors and dashboard, electrically adjustable heated leather seats with a memory function and a dedicated Cupra driving mode button.

Cupra Formentor VZ3 – from £42,200 (310hp 2.0-litre petrol engine)

VZ3 versions come with the same equipment as VZ2 cars, with the addition of upgraded Brembo brakes and different 19-inch alloy wheels.

The first Formentor to go on sale is the 310hp model in VZ2, VZ3 and VZ Edition guise. 

Cupra Formentor VZ Edition – from £43,840 (310hp 2.0-litre petrol engine)

In top-spec VZ Edition guise, the Cupra Formentor gets all the equipment of VZ1, VZ2 and VZ3 cars, with a panoramic glass roof and black alloy wheels thrown in for good measure

Currently, you can only buy VZ2, VZ3 and VZ Edition models and they all come with a 310hp 2.0-litre petrol engine, a seven-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. A 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol-powered Formentor with a manual gearbox and two-wheel drive will go on sale in early 2021. You’ll be able to get this in V1 trim and above, and it’ll cost you from £27,300.

You’ll also be able to get the Cupra Formentor with a 1.4-litre petrol-hybrid engine in early 2021, but Cupra hasn’t announced how much it’ll cost.

New Cupra Formentor design

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. 

The new Cupra Formentor blends bits of the Cupra Leon with stockier SUV proportions.

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. 

The Cupra Formentor looks like a cross between an SUV and a hot hatch from behind. 

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 Cupra Formentor will be available as a high-performance VZ model. 

New Cupra Formentor UK engines and hybrid

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.

Entry-level cars will come with a 150hp petrol or diesel engine.

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.

Top-spec versions get four-wheel drive and 310hp.

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.

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. TheFormentor’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 400hp Formentor prototype looks identical to the standard car from the front.

400hp Cupra Formentor prototype spotted

At the moment, the most powerful Cupra Formentor available has a pretty sizeable 310hp ai its disposable. But, Cupra bosses have confirmed they are considering an even more powerful version after a mystery prototype was spotted undergoing testing at the Nurburgring race circuit in Germany.

Four exhausts are a tell-tale sign that this is no ordinary Formentor. 

As you can see in the images here, the only visual clues as to what lies beneath the undisguised prototype are the four diagonally stacked exhaust pipes instead of the standard car’s in-line design. But, video footage revealed that the car was producing the unmistakable sound of a 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine.

Expect similar performance figures to the Audi RSQ3 from a five-cylinder Formentor. 

This engine will be shared with the Audi RS3, RS Q3 and TT RS, where it produces 400hp and 480Nm of torque. These impressive figures should mean the new Cupra Formentor will sprint from zero to 60mph in around four seconds flat. If the 5-cylinder Formentor does reach production, expect it to cost from around £50,000.

The Cupra Formentor gets a larger touchscreen than the Cupra Leon, but looks very similar elsewhere.

New Cupra Formentor interior

It might be a brand-new model, but the Cupra Formentor looks very similar to the Cupra Leon hot hatch when you get inside. The three air vents are framed by copper surrounds just like in that car, and the 10.25-inch driver’s display is very similar to the Leon’s, too.

However, you do get a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is the biggest in any Cupra model yet. It’ll feature smartphone connectivity for Android and Apple phones as well as built-in sat-nav.

The new Cupra Formentor goes on sale in October 2020. 

New Cupra Formentor price and release date

The Cupra Formentor hybrid is expected to cost from around £35,000, and the more powerful and faster petrol model will be closer to £40,000. Cupra says that the order books for this car will open on October 20th, which is when full details on the car’s price and specs will be announced.

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