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Long Term Test: Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid

Third Report - 10th September 2021

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I’m starting to get to grips with our latest Spanish long-termer and we’ve been putting in a fair few miles during the tail-end of the summer holidays, exploring the beautiful Norfolk countryside.

And I have to say that wherever we’ve been in the Formentor, it’s received many an admiring glance, with even a few shouts across car parks along the lines of “What make’s that then, mate?”, and for those of you that remember the adverts, I’ve even been party to a couple of ‘Nice car Kev’ moments at traffic lights.

Cupra Formentor 1.4 eHybrid - Long Term Test - 10th September 2021 - Sleek lines receive plenty of admiring glances

Attractive lines receive plenty of admiring glances

Which goes to show a couple of things. Firstly, the Formentor is an impressive looking vehicle that draws you in but secondly, and importantly, that the Cupra as a marque in it’s own right has more work to do in raising awareness. Few will yet recognise the stand-out Cupra badge, but some will know the Cupra name which is centralised on the boot. The stylish Formentor should help them achieve this, which is why I think they’ve maybe missed a trick by not emblazoning the model name on the car. Or perhaps it’s all just part of the masterplan – let’s see!

 

Dave wallace

Tester's notes

1. There is a rather nice rear light-up display of an evening when opening the car that’s matched by a ‘Knight Rider’-type wave of light around the top of the dashboard upon locking.

2. The two central cup holders, staggered at slightly differing heights, are fine for bottles, but a couple of Costa or Starbucks coffees and it becomes a little problematic.

The stats

Cupra Formentor 1.4 e-Hybrid V2 204PS DSG

P11D: £37,600

Official combined mpg: 201.8 - 217.3mpg

Our combined mpg: 59.8mpg

CO2: 29g/km

26th August 2021

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A family trip down to Winchester to visit our daughter before she moves to Edinburgh saw a decent first run-out for our Formentor PHEV.

Cupra Formentor 1.4 eHybrid - Long Term Test - 2021 - 26th August 2021 - Rear lights at nighttime really standout

The Formentors rear lighting really standsout at night

We encountered the full gamut of A and B roads as well as motorway over our 280-mile trip, and although the Formentor is running on 19-inch wheels, the ride wasn’t harsh even on poor country roads. Pulling away from junctions or overtaking was also a breeze too when running in electric/hybrid mode.

Plus twin USB-C rear sockets put paid the kids bickering as to who charges their device first – which meant a peaceful first outing and stressfree motoring!

Dave Wallace

The stats

Cupra Formentor 1.4 e-Hybrid V2 204PS DSG

P11D: £37,600

Official combined mpg: 201.8 - 217.3mpg

Our combined mpg: 60.5mpg

CO2: 29g/km

11 August 2021 - Intro report

Cupra Formentor 1.4 eHybrid - Long Term Test - 2021 - 11th August 2021 - Intro Report - The Formentor stakes an imposing stance

Something rather eye-catching has made an appearance on my driveway in the form of the all-new Cupra Formentor.

For those of you not familiar with the Cupra moniker, born during the 1990s as Seat’s motorsport division, its beginnings saw it take the Seat Ibiza and tune it to success in the World Rally Championship in 1996.  Since that time, the motorsport division has been responsible for making various Seat models go faster in both the WRC and on the road, with the Leon Cupra being particularly popular in the UK.  However, in 2018 Seat split Cupra into a stand-alone more premium and sporting-orientated brand, with models such as the Cupra Leon and Cupra Ateca.

Cupra Formentor 1.4 eHybrid - Long Term Test - 2021 - 11th August 2021 - Intro Report - Bronze Cupra emblem is very Transformer-esque

The Cupra emblem catches the eye and looks very ‘Transformer-esque’

Which brings us to the all-new Formentor SUV sat on my driveway. The first bespoke Cupra model, this version is a company-car friendly sibling to the top-end 310bhp Formentor, coming with the 1.4 e-Hybrid powertrain shared by various Volkswagen Group PHEVs including the Seat Leon PHEV which we’ve had on test over the last six-months.

Outside the Formentor is finished in Dark Camouflage metallic which is an £800 option but definitely worth the investment – its hands down the best colour to spec this model in. Inside the trim is black leather with bronze stitching a theme carried across to the dashboard materials.  The bronze trim continues around the air-vents etc and does a great job of lifting the cabin.

So first impressions are positive – now to get behind the wheel…

Dave Wallace

Tester's notes

1. The first thing you notice is the bronze Cupra badge in the front grille – it’s eye-catching and very Transformer-esque

2. The Formentor has a very bold and planted appearance, and makes for a pretty handsome looking car

The stats

Cupra Formentor 1.4 e-Hybrid V2 204PS DSG

P11D: £37,600

Official combined mpg: 201.8 - 217.3mpg

Our combined mpg: TBCmpg

CO2: 29g/km