New Cupra Formentor: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
March 02, 2020

SEAT’s performance brand has launched its first standalone model – the Cupra Formentor SUV. Read on for details on this all-new SUV:

  • Cupra Formentor revealed
  • Available with two engines
  • 310hp, 2.0-litre model
  • This car gets 4-wheel drive
  • 245hp 1.4-litre hybrid
  • This car gets 2-wheel drive
  • Automatic DSG gearbox
  • 12-inch infotainment screen
  • No prices confirmed
  • Deliveries begin in late 2020

Cupra, SEAT‘s performance spin-off brand, has revealed its first standalone model. Called the Cupra Formentor, this sporty SUV is the first car from the Cupra brand that you won’t be able to buy with toned-down styling and a SEAT badge.

New Cupra Formentor design

At a glance, the Cupra Formentor looks a little like a Cupra Ateca that’s been training for an Iron Man competition. It’s more angular front end, heavily sculpted sides and lower roofline make it look leaner, meaner and less like it belongs on the school run.

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

The Cupra Formentor’s chunky black side skirts give it a pinched midriff and stop this high-riding SUV from looking too top-heavy and the black wheel arch trims accentuate the size of its two-tone black and copper alloy wheels. There’s more of this copper trim on the badge and the brake callipers, too.

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

New Cupra Formentor interior

The new Cupra Formentor’s cabin looks almost identical to the one you get in the smaller Cupra Leon. There’s an identical trio of air vents – all set in copper surrounds that mirror the shape of the car’s grille – and the centre console and digital driver’s display look identical, too. The Formentor gets a larger 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system rather than the Leon’s 10-inch unit, however.

Hybrid models come with front-wheel drive, while pure-petrol-powered cars get four-wheel drive.

New Cupra Formentor engines and hybrid

The new Cupra Formentor comes with a choice of two engines. There’s a hybrid version with front-wheel drive that uses a 1.4-litre petrol engine and an electric motor to produce 245hp, or you can go the whole hog and pick a 310hp four-wheel-drive car instead. These combinations are borrowed from the recently revealed Cupra Leon and Cupra Leon Estate respectively, and the hybrid drive system also sees service in the new VW Golf GTE.

This blend of petrol and battery power lets you drive the Cupra Formentor for around 31 miles using just its electric motor. This could mean you use barely any fuel on your morning commute – providing you’ve somewhere to plug in your car and charge it overnight. Whichever version you pick, you get a DSG automatic gearbox as standard.

Four exhausts and a large diffuser mean you won’t mistake the Cupra Formentor for a humdrum family SUV from behind.

New Cupra Formentor price and release date

Cupra hasn’t announced how much the Formentor will cost, but you can expect it to be a bit pricier than the Cupra Leon. Hybrid models will likely cost from around £35,000 while the full-fat 310hp versions will hit you with a bill for closer to £40,000. Cupra’s confirmed that the first round of deliveries will begin towards the end of 2020.