Sixth Report - 21st October 2021
Before the autumn really takes hold, we thought we’d get a weekend’s camping in with friends – and what better time to take a look at the Formentors load-lugging credentials.
The boot itself is a decent shape and makes it easy to fit in suitcases and stuff. The removable parcel shelf also allows for a little extra space should you wish to pack the boot to the roofline – however the 345-litres on-offer is less than the 410-litres available in the Audi Q3 or indeed the 450 litres in the BMW X1 plug-ins (although both are more expensive than the Cupra Formentor in comparable trim).
Still, although it was a bit of a squeeze by the time we had the tent in, with strategically located luggage on the floor behind the driver and passenger seats, as well as interspersing children in the rear, we managed to get the majority of our camping parafenalia in – and a weekend without rain to boot (no pun intended)!
Fifth Report - 7th October 2021
In my last update the Formentor was having a few ‘glitches’ with the infortainment system. Now there also seems to be an issue with the auto-hold system on the brake with what I can only describe as a grinding sound followed by what sounds like the auto brakes disengaging after a few seconds.
The car’s booked into the dealers for them to look at so I’ll provide an update in my next instalment…
On a positive note now that the autumn mornings are creeping in, I’m loving the heated steering wheel and seats which are a definite boon. With three heat settings each they not only heat up quickly when set to the top power, but can be turned down to one of the first two to provide a cosy glow.
However, as expected, this does affect the Cupra’s electric-only range in a similar way to switching on the heated door mirrors/heated rear windscreen. Electric range with a fully charged battery is already reduced on cold mornings, coming in at an average figure of 28 miles versus the normal 336 miles. That being said, at least you have the back-up of the petrol engine should your journey take you further than battery-only mileage capacity will allow.
Fourth Report - 24th September 2021
Our Formentor’s developed a few glitches.
The speed sign recognition display on the instrument cluster, despite the cars settings being set to mph, randomly switches between mph and kph – resulting in 30mph and 70mph speed limits being recognised as 30/45 or 70/110 limits respectively. The recognition symbol however doesn’t stipulate whether its mph or kph!
By coincidence, the infotainment system also began glitching, initially just responding very slowly to screen presses and then suffering with everything from screen blackouts or a frozen screen leaving you unable to operate the radio, sat-nav etc. A dealer visit is on the agenda.
Third Report - 10th September 2021
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.
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!
26th August 2021
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.
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!
11 August 2021 - Intro report
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.
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…