Cupra Formentor Review 2024
Cupra Formentor At A Glance
On average it achieves 0% of the official MPG figure
Cupra may have been associated with fast SEATs in the past - but it's making a name for itself and the Cupra Formentor is a really appealing SUV. For starters it's a Cupra, so it has a distinctly sporting flavour to it looks and drive. You're unlikely to see another on the school run, so what's a Cupra Formentor like to own? Read our full review to find out.
We love the coupe-esque SUV styling. Okay, so it's not that practical (if you want that there's the Cupra Ateca) but there's enough room for everyday family use. Cupra has also worked to guve the interior that special feel - and it certainly works. This feels much more than a posh SEAT, with a genuinely premium edge inside - although to be fair, this is dependant on spec.
Top of the range models have leather-clad seats with a quilted design, a new 10-inch floating navigation system and plenty of nice-to-touch metal and leather stitched elements inside. Stick an Audi badge on that steering wheel and you wouldn't know the difference.
Of course being a Cupra, the Formentor is about performance but Cupra has expanded the range to appeal to those that want the looks without all the pace. So yes, there's the top of the range 2.0 TSI 4Drive with 310PS if you want to embarrass the boy racers. But smaller engines are available.
These include a much more sensible 1.5 TSI with 150PS and the Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid - a plug-in hybrid with close to 250PS and an electric range of 36 miles.
Despite its SUV design, the Cupra Formentor feels more like a hot hatch from behind the wheel with excellent body control and responsive steering. Yet it's also surprisingly comfortable with a forgiving ride, making it an excellent all rounder.
The Cupra isn't especially affordable though. List prices start at £28,000 and that's for the entry level 1.5 TSI 150 model. If you want an e-Hybrid you're looking at more than £36k while the all singing and dancing 310PS version starts at an eyebrow raising £41k. That does seem expensive but consider that an Audi RS Q3 starts at £51k...
Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's review of the Cupra Formentor