Cupra Cupra Formentor Estate 1.4 eHybrid 245 VZ2 5dr DSG

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Rear view camera Standard (ex. VAT)
Top view camera £425.00 (ex. VAT)
Solid paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Tow bar pre-installation £116.67 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Tow bar pre-installation with hook £612.50 (ex. VAT)
Premium metallic paint £687.50 (ex. VAT)
Panoramic sunroof £1004.17 (ex. VAT)
Special matt paint £1550.00 (ex. VAT)
Solid - White Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Magnetic tech £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Midnight black £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Urban silver £462.50 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Asphalt blue £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Nevada white £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Premium metallic - Desire red £687.50 (ex. VAT)
Premium metallic - Dark camouflage £687.50 (ex. VAT)
Premium metallic - Graphene grey £687.50 (ex. VAT)
Special matt - Petrol blue £1550.00 (ex. VAT)
Special matt - Magnetic tech £1550.00 (ex. VAT)
Extended safety system - seat belt tensioner, window closure and hazard lights £116.67 (ex. VAT)
E-call
Start/stop system with regenerative braking
Driver alert system
Park assist (inc front/rear parking sensors)
Wireless apple carplay
RPM, trip computer, outside temp gauge, instrument light brightness, low fuel warning light, lights on reminder, gearshift indicator
Lane assist
Service interval indicator
Speed sensitive power steering
Virtual pedal and electric tailgate
Forward collision warning with automatic braking
Wireless phone charger
Predictive adaptive cruise control with speed limiter
Dynamic chassis control with driving profile selection (Comfort, Sport, CUPRA, Individual)
Digital cockpit and configurable dashboard
Sports suspension with front shock absoption
Mode 3 charging cable
16 amp mode 3 charging cable
10 amp mode 2 charging cable
Electronic locking differential and dynamic traction support
DAB radio
Auxiliary input socket
6 speakers
2 front and 2 rear USB type C sockets
Rain sensing wipers
Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors
Front fog lamps with cornering function
Electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors with memory function
Dynamic headlight range control
LED Headlights
Body coloured bumpers
Electric front/rear windows
Tinted rear windows
Sports bumpers
Automatic dimming rear view mirror
Rear wash/wipe
Body colour door handles
Third brake light
Rear side wing doors
Rear diffuser with twin exhaust pipe on each side with simulated exhausts
Dark grey wing mirror
Daytime running light with automatic headlight control and coming home feature
Welcome lights
LED Taillights with dynamic indicator
Gloss black roof rails and window surrounds
Three zone climate control
3 seat bench in 2nd row
230V socket
Luggage tie-down hooks
Wraparound lighting
Black headlining
2 front and 2 rear reading lights
Dust/pollen filter
Isofix
Heated steering wheel
12V socket
Front centre armrest
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Front and rear head restraints
Interior ambient lighting
Illuminated interior front door sills
Leather multi-function sports steering wheel with start stop, CUPRA mode button and gear shift paddles
12v socket in loadspace
12v power supply in centre console
Three zone climate control with control panel in rear
Single front passenger seat
Leather heated multi-function sports steering wheel with start stop, CUPRA mode button and gear shift paddles
Cupra sports pedals
Illuminated sunvisor with mirror
60/40 split rear bench seat with armrest and mechanical seat release
Genuine Nappa leather Pack - Cupra
Safety and driving pack (XL) - Formentor
Navigation system pack - Formentor
Front and rear disc brakes
Seat belt reminder for front and rear seats
Brake control system - ESC and brake booster
Child proof door locks
Tyre pressure monitoring system
3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
Electronic parking brake
Anti-lock brake system
Hill hold control
Driver and front passenger airbags with front passenger airbag de-activation
Front side curtain airbags
Keyless entry and start system (KESSY)
Anti theft alarm system
Locking wheel bolts
Copper and aluminium interior detailing
Tyre repair kit
Space saver spare wheel
19" 'Exclusive' machined sport matte black and silver alloy wheels
19" Exclusive machined sport matt black and silver alloy wheels with 94W tyres
CO2 0
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1395
Compression Ratio N/A
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 491
Gears 6
Transmission Automatic
Combined 0.00
Urban 0.00
Extra Urban 0.00
Badge Engine CC 1395
Badge Power 245.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 6.77
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 7.00
Engine BHP 245.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1629
Engine Torque 400.00
Top Speed 130
Front Tyres 245/40 R19
Rear Tyres 245/40 R19
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1510
Length 4450
Wheel Base 2680
Width 1839
Fuel Tank Size 40.00
Weight 2120
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1629
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

The CUPRA performance brand struck out on its own with the Formentor, a lively Spanish take on the mid-sized performance SUV concept. This Coupe-Crossover will be a rare sight on our roads - and even rarer in this PHEV e-Hybrid plug-in form, but it deserves serious consideration from anyone prioritising efficiency and wanting something just a little different in this segment.

Background

You'll might possibly know the 'CUPRA' brand name, but probably only as a sporty trim designation dating all the way back to 1996 and used on a whole string of SEAT Ibiza and Leon hot hatches. Now, parent company SEAT wants CUPRA to mean more, creating, in its words, 'a range of unique, sophisticated performance models designed to captivate car enthusiasts'. The CUPRA Formentor was the first of them and it's arguably at its most interesting in this e-Hybrid PHEV guise. The Spanish CUPRA nameplate, a pormanteau word encompassing 'Cup' and 'Racing', has actually been a separate marque within the Volkswagen Group since 2018, but its first products were merely sporty versions of existing SEAT models, first the rather underwhelming CUPRA Ateca, then more recently the CUPRA Leon. This Formentor, in contrast, is this marque's first stand-alone model, the first of several designs that will, the VW conglomerate hopes, make this brand a kind of Iberian Alfa Romeo - the kind of thing SEAT was always supposed to be but never really was. But can those kinds of ambitions be realised with the extra weight and complexity of a PHEV system on board?

Driving Experience

Rather curiously, none of the Formentor's conventional powertrain options incorporate the Volkswagen Group's latest mild hybrid technology. For any kind of engine electrification at all in this CUPRA, you've to stretch to an e-Hybrid variant which offers plug-in hybrid tech, only available with front wheel drive. As with the CUPRA Leon e-Hybrid, what you get here is a tried and tested VW Group PHEV package, though in the Formentor, it comes in a de-tuned 204PS guise as well as in Golf GTE-style 245PS form. Either way, a 150PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine is mated to a 6-speed DSG auto gearbox and an 85kW electric motor powered by a 13kWh lithium-ion battery with a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range quoted at 34 miles. Which of course you won't get anywhere near if you explore the quoted all-electric top speed of 80mph or start trying to throw the thing around too much (an extra kerb weight addition of up to 60kgs over a conventionally-engined Formentor discourages you from doing that anyway). Try and stretch to the 245PS e-Hybrid variant if you can, which gets torque boosted from 350 to 400Nm without any detriment to driving range, improving the 0-62mph time from 7.8s to 7 seconds dead.

Design and Build

There are no significant visual changes differentiating this e-Hybrid variant from other Formentors. So, like its showroom stablemates, this one sits a little lower than most other performance SUVs and Crossovers. Size-wise, the Formentor's 4.5-metre length is a fraction longer than the CUPRA Ateca but the swept-back SUV Coupe-style roofline is 100mm lower, which in combination with the set-back passenger cell, gives the silhouette something of the look of a high-riding estate. Inside, the designers have been able to fashion a bespoke dashboard, which appears to float, an impression created by the horizontal full-LED wraparound ambient lighting strip which changes colour with drive mode selection and safety functions and runs the width of the fascia, flowing into both front doors. You sit quite low for a crossover on brilliantly supportive seats that above entry-level trim will be upholstered in Nappa leather and which feature copper-coloured embellishment; the same kind of thing you'll also find on the prominent centre vents, as well as on the door cards and the steering wheel. Through the wheel, you view a 10.3-inch 'Digital Cockpit' instrument display, differentiated from the one used in a humbler SEAT Leon by a redesigned graphics, though the screen's customisable functionality's exactly the same. Anything you can't find here - and much that you can - will feature on the big 12-inch infotainment touchscreen, which forms the centrepiece of the dashboard. In the back, despite the coupe-SUV styling, headroom is fine in that regard unless your occupants are of basketball-playing stature. Boot space with this PHEV variant falls to 345-litres (down from 420-litres with the 2.0-litre TSI model); with the seats folded, the e-Hybrid's total capacity is 1,370-litres.

Market and Model

At the time of this test in Spring 2021, the Formentor e-Hybrid was priced in 'V1' 204PS form from around £36,000 and in 'VZ1' 245PS guise from just under £39,000. In terms of Coupe-SUV Plug-in Hybrid rivals, well yes, against the 204PS Formentor variant, you could conceivably consider Kia's XCeed PHEV at around £30,000, but that uses a slightly less powerful engine with a smaller battery. Otherwise, because Toyota doesn't do a plug-in version of their C-HR (you can't get a PHEV version of sister brand Lexus' UX crossover either), your next class option would see you needing to stretch right up to around £40,000 for BMW's smaller X2 xDrive 25e (though that car admittedly does have 4WD). If you're looking at an outlay of around £39,000 upwards on a more powerful Formentor e-Hybrid VZ 245PS model, then you'll be interested to know that an Audi Q3 Sportback 45TFSIe with the same engine costs considerably more. And that the cheapest Range Rover Evoque P300e is close to £45,000. Mercedes' GLC Coupe Plug-in models only come with diesel power. BMW doesn't offer this tech on the X4 at all. And the cheapest Audi Q5 Sportback TFSIe model costs from around £53,000.

Cost of Ownership

Both Formentor e-Hybrid derivatives boast a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of up to 34 miles. Of course, in deciding the budgetary case for this PHEV CUPRA, you will of course need to factor in charging costs, but if you get your charging regime right on off-peak electricity that'll hopefully cost pennies rather than pounds to consume, these bills shouldn't be too great. The combined range of the petrol and electric motor is around 660 miles, making a plug-in Formentor an ideal comfortable car for the really long journeys that would probably defeat full-EV Crossovers in this class like, say, a Lexus UX 300e or a BMW iX3 - or CUPRA's own Born EV. And the electrified version of this CUPRA will charge much quicker than a full-EV: powering a PHEV Formentor up from a domestic socket would take around five hours, but using a garage wallbox, you'll be able to reduce your charging time period to around three and a half hours. Bear in mind that only a single Mode 3 charging cable is included as standard. The quoted WLTP combined cycle fuel return for a Formentor e-HYBRID 204PS model is up to 235.4mpg. For the 'VZ' 245PS e-Hybrid variant, it's up to 188.3mpg. And the CO2 reading that'll see your BiK tax payments rated at just 11% is an impressive 27g/km; that's for the 204PS version - for the 245PS variant, it's 33g/km. These are pie-in-the-sky figures of course. If you don't charge your Formentor e-Hybrid much and use a little of throttle, you'll be burning plenty of fuel - and possibly getting through quite a few sets of front tyres too.

Summary

CUPRA has tried to do something quite difficult here. Namely, take a lot of existing mechanicals and create something genuinely interesting and different from them, a particularly hard job in a market already awash with crossover clones. But, with this Formentor, they've very nearly managed it. And this car certainly adds up in e-Hybrid guise. It looks distinctive, it drives well and the cabin is classily trimmed - lighting up beautifully at night. Plus there's all the kudos of owning a performance brand none of your friends will have heard of, yet a car with a completely proven set of underpinnings which in the case of this PHEV, promise the prospect of rare filling station visits. The e-Hybrid hardware adds a bit of extra weight, but unless you're really throwing the thing around, you won't really notice that. What you will notice is that this car has real character and identity. With this car, the whole 'Iberian Alfa Romeo' thing finally starts to make some sort of sense.