Cupra Formentor review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:petrol
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

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The only pricing that’s been hinted at is for the 2.0 TSI 310 4Drive, which will be a few hundred pounds more than the Cupra Ateca and about the same as the Volkswagen T-Roc R. That leaves the BMW X2 M35i as a pricier alternative for any cash buyers looking for real performance, but the Formentor will come in much cheaper varieties, like the 1.5 TSI 150.

We won’t know the PCP finance costs yet, but with the Formentor’s extremely strong predicted resale values, expect the monthly payments to be competitive.

Even the entry-level V1 trim looks to have niceties including 18in alloy wheels and the infotainment, parking aids and LED headlights we’ve discussed already. As you progress up the trims to the next rung to V2 you get bigger 19in alloys, a powered tailgate and leather trim (with those bucket seats we said were super supportive), and further up the add-ons include bigger Brembo brakes, a heated steering wheel and a sunroof.

Seat’s reliability record is fair to middling, and this is relevant here because Cupra is an offshoot of that brand. In the 2020 What Car? Reliability survey, Seat finished in 19th position (out of 31), just above Volkswagen, some way below BMW and Skoda.

Overview

Having driven the most powerful version, we can say that the Formentor offers the firepower and handling prowess to keep pace with its sports SUV rivals, and also offers decent practicality and a nicer interior for the money. In fact, it looks like a strong challenger for class honours and with cheaper models to follow, including a plug-in hybrid, there’s the potential to be a Formentor for everyone.

  • 2.0 TSI 310 4Drive is rapid
  • Surefooted and grippy handling
  • Smart interior
  • Pricing has yet to be confirmed
  • Slightly hesitant automatic gearbox
  • Fiddly touch-sensitive buttons

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