Cupra Cupra Formentor Estate 1.5 TSI 150 V1 5dr

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Virtual pedal and electric tailgate £400.00 (ex. VAT)
6 speakers Standard (ex. VAT)
Beats audio with 9 speakers plus subwoofer and 340W amplifier £437.50 (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 £970.83 (ex. VAT)
Panoramic sunroof with black headlining £1204.17 (ex. VAT)
Special matt paint £1550.00 (ex. VAT)
Safety and driving pack (XL) - Formentor £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Solid - White Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Magnetic tech £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Midnight black £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Asphalt blue £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Nevada white £479.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Urban silver £462.50 (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 - Magnetic tech £1550.00 (ex. VAT)
Special matt - Petrol blue £1550.00 (ex. VAT)
Extended safety system - seat belt tensioner, window closure and hazard lights £116.67 (ex. VAT)
18" 'Performance' machined sport black and silver alloy wheels Standard (ex. VAT)
18" Performance Machined sport black and silver alloy wheels with 96W tyres Standard (ex. VAT)
Tyre repair kit Standard (ex. VAT)
Space saver spare wheel £100.00 (ex. VAT)
18" Performance 38/2 Machined alloy wheels in sport matte black/silver £150.00 (ex. VAT)
18" 'Performance' Machined Alloy wheels in Sport Matte Black and Silver £158.33 (ex. VAT)
E-call
Start/stop system with regenerative braking
Rear parking sensors
Driver alert system
Lane assist
Power assisted steering
Service interval indicator
RPM, trip computer, outside temp gauge, instrument light brightness, low fuel warning light, lights on reminder, gearshift indicator
Wireless apple carplay
Wireless phone charger
Digital cockpit and configurable dashboard
Predictive adaptive cruise control with speed limiter
Driving profile selection
Forward collision warning with automatic braking
Standard suspension
Electronic locking differential and dynamic traction support
Auxiliary input socket
2 front and 2 rear USB type C sockets
DAB radio
Tinted rear windows
LED Headlights
Front fog lamps with cornering function
Electric front/rear windows
Rear wash/wipe
Body coloured bumpers
Automatic dimming rear view mirror
Third brake light
Body colour door handles
Rear side wing doors
Daytime running light with automatic headlight control and coming home feature
Dark grey wing mirror
Welcome lights
LED Taillights with dynamic indicator
Dynamic headlight range control
Rain sensing wipers
Rear diffuser with black simulated exhaust pipes
Gloss black roof rails and window surrounds
Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors
Dust/pollen filter
Isofix
12V socket
3 seat bench in 2nd row
230V socket
Black headlining
Front centre armrest
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Luggage tie-down hooks
Front and rear head restraints
Leather multi function steering wheel
Interior ambient lighting
Variable luggage/load compartment floor
PVC/Cloth upholstery with copper stitching + Sport seats
Illuminated interior front door sills
12v socket in loadspace
12v power supply in centre console
Three zone climate control with control panel in rear
Single front passenger seat
Illuminated sunvisor with mirror
Manually adjustable height and lumbar support for front seats
60/40 split rear bench seat with armrest and mechanical seat release
Wraparound lighting
2 front and 2 rear reading lights
Three zone climate control
Safety and driving pack (M) - Formentor
Navigation system pack - Formentor
Navigation system pack with 10" navigation system - Formentor
Hill hold control
Electronic parking brake
3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Front and rear disc brakes
Anti-lock brake system
Child proof door locks
Driver and front passenger airbags with front passenger airbag de-activation
Front side curtain airbags
Brake control system - ESC and brake booster
Seat belt reminder for front and rear seats
Anti theft alarm system
Locking wheel bolts
Keyless entry and start system (KESSY)
Copper and aluminium interior detailing
CO2 143
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1498
Compression Ratio N/A
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 598
Gears 6
Transmission Manual
Combined 44.80
Urban 44.80
Extra Urban 41.50
Badge Engine CC 1498
Badge Power 150.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 8.61
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 8.90
Engine BHP 150.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1362
Engine Torque 250.00
Top Speed 127
Front Tyres 245/45 R18
Rear Tyres 245/45 R18
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1520
Length 4446
Wheel Base 2679
Width 1839
Fuel Tank Size 50.00
Weight 1960
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1362
Towing Weight Unbraked 710
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

The CUPRA performance brand strikes out on its own with the Formentor, a lively Spanish take on the mid-sized performance SUV concept. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

This is more like it. When in 2018, Spanish maker SEAT announced that CUPRA would become a stand-alone brand, we were first served up merely a performance variant of the Iberian maker's Ateca Crossover. This Formentor model, in contrast, is a completely new design - well almost anyway. It does share a platform and some mechanicals with the Ateca, but everything else feels much more bespoke. You'll probably know the 'CUPRA' name, but only as a sporty trim designation that goes back to 1996, since when it's been used on a whole string of SEAT Ibiza and Leon hot hatches. Now, SEAT wants CUPRA to mean more, creating, in its words, 'a range of unique, sophisticated performance models designed to captivate car enthusiasts.' The idea here, says the company, is 'to create cars not founded in nostalgia but rooted in the present'. Presumably, that's meant to be a dig at directly competing brands like Alfa Romeo and MINI, both of which produce products this Formentor model sets out to directly target: namely, quick, charismatic petrol-powered mid-sized SUVs, cars that offer a lot of what you get in, say, a Porsche Macan for a great deal less money. Is that what we've got here? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

It should be no surprise given CUPRA's mantra as a performance brand that drive dynamics are the Formentor's main focus. And it comes well equipped for the task, the fast variant using the Volkswagen Group's 2.0-litre TSI turbo four cylinder engine in its most ballistic state of tune, with 310PS on tap. If you can't quite stretch to that, this same 2.0-litre powerplant comes in two other flavours; one with 190PS and 4-wheel drive, the other with 245PS and front wheel drive. There's an entry-level front driven 1.5-litre TSI 150PS variant too, but if budget permits, a better choice for efficiency would be one of the two front-driven e-Hybrid PHEV plug-in derivatives, offering either 204 or 245PS. In both cases, 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. I tried the 310PS 2.0-litre turbo version, which like other Volkswagen Group models using this unit gets 4-wheel drive and adaptive damping as part of a very accomplished package. 62mph from rest here takes only 4.9s, which is only 0.7s slower than the limited run variant that serves as the Formentor range flagship, the 2.5-litre 390PS left hand drive VZ5 model. Drive is via the usual VW Group 7-speed dual-clutch paddleshift auto gearbox. And there are five selectable drive mode settings - 'Comfort', 'Off Road', 'Sport' and rorty 'CUPRA', with an extra 'Individual' menu if you want to set your own parameters. Handling through the turns is accomplished, thanks to the 4Drive electro-hydraulic multi-disc system's reassuring levels of traction, its software constantly monitoring numerous sources - steering angle, wheel speed, the yaw of the vehicle and road conditions in real time - so as to always deliver power to the wheels with most traction.

Design and Build

The Formentor sits a little lower than most other performance SUVs and Crossovers. In fact, it's a full 150mm lower than the Ateca that it is based on and only 50mm higher than the CUPRA Leon 5 door hatchback. In terms of size, think Volvo XC40 or Audi Q3, but it has more pavement presence than either of those two cars, the design emphasis being on a long bonnet, which coupled with the lower height, gives the car a very dynamic appearance - and one that is completely distinctive. Inside there's lots of brushed, dark aluminium with copper accents and blue leather-trimmed front bucket seats. In the centre of the dash is a large 12-inch touchscreen infotainment screen that allows the usual access to navigation, info and media. It's paired with a fully-customisable 10-inch digital instrument binnacle; sitting behind a flat-bottomed steering wheel that houses both the engine start button and the 'CUPRA' driving mode buttons. There's the usual stubby VW Group auto gear lever. And a lovely orange LED strip that circumnavigates the top of the dash, flowing into the doors. The rear seat could comfortably take a couple of adults - but three would be tight. And out back, there's a competitively-sized 420-litre boot.

Market and Model

You'll probably need a budget starting at well over £27,000, even for the entry-level 1.5-litre TSI model. Lesser variants have 'V1' and 'V2' trim options. The top 310PS 2.0 TSI 4Drive flagship version sticks with the top 'VZ2', 'VZ3' and 'VZ Edition' trim options, and prices from just under £40,000. The name VZ comes from the word 'Veloz' in Spanish, translating as 'Speed' or 'Fast'. Even with base 'V1' trim, customers get quite a lot: 18-inch alloy wheels, a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen with connected navigation, a 10-inch digital driver binnacle, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, Adaptive Cruise Control, a wireless smartphone charger, a leather steering wheel and rear parking sensors. With the 'VZ2', you also get 19-inch wheels, a powered tailgate, a heated steering wheel and a rear view camera. From 'VZ2' trim upwards (which, as we said, means the 310PS 2.0 TSI variants), there's leather upholstery, powered front bucket seats, leather trim for the dash and doors. There's also a 'Safety and Driving Pack', which gives you Dynamic road sign display, High Beam Assist, Side Assist (effectively a blind spot monitor), Exit Assist (offering audible and visual warnings of approaching traffic when opening doors), Lane Change Assist and Emergency Assist. The 'VZ3' adds 19-inch 'Exclusive' copper/black alloy wheels and Brembo brakes.

Cost of Ownership

If you really care about efficiency in a Performance SUV, then it's to the 'e-HYBRID' Formentor models you'll be looking. We already mentioned that these offer an electric only range of 31 miles on the WLTP cycle. Powering a PHEV CUPRA 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. At the other end of the scale sit the 2.0 TSI 310PS 4Drive versions of this car with their DSG auto transmission. These are WLTP-rated at between 31.4mpg and 33.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 193g/km of CO2. The 1.5 TSI manages up to 44.8mpg and 143g/km in manual form. Less impressive is the three year/60,000 mile warranty cover. The paintwork warranty lasts for three years and, as you'd expect, this car is protected by a 12-year anti-corrosion package. The Formentor e-HYBRID has a separate eight year battery warranty, which also covers the battery for up to 100,000 miles. For insurance purposes, Thatcham rate the 2.0 TSI DSG-auto 4Drive 310 model in group 33P.

Summary

With this Formentor, the story of the CUPRA brand has at last begun in earnest. It's difficult to forge your own identity when you've spent most of your time helping to define performance models from another brand, in this case SEAT. But with this car, the whole 'Iberian Alfa Romeo' thing starts to make some sort of sense. After all, the Formentor is (potentially) fast, practical, interesting to look at and, for the time being anyway, you might even think it to be a touch exotic. Whether you actually get what's been promised here - essentially a Porsche Macan, a BMW X4 or a Mercedes GLC Coupe distilled down into something more affordable - is a judgement you might actually rather enjoy making. We're not quite convinced, but we have seen enough to feel hopeful about the CUPRA brand's future. Can there really be 'latin spirit in every one'? If the marque can deliver that, there's a place for it in the market.