Formentor V2 1.4 eHybrid 204PS DSG
the CUPRA brand
promises more fizz from its models.
But is its latest Formentor SUV
just frothy Prosecco or the real
A CLUE: Formentor also begins with an 'F'… That subtlety noted, these
days 'sporty' by itself is no longer enough; in the mix there also needs to
be some 'electricity' fortunately, the eHybrid version has that too!
While it's always challenging to come up with catchy new model names, the alternatives
can sometimes be as tricky to recall as that long number on your credit card.
Cupra have the 'Formentor' bit right, though: rhyming neatly with 'tormentor'
it sounds nicely locked, cocked, and ready to tango, although the eHybrid's
full designation might trip up owners keen to share the good news about their
new set of wheels down at the pub, given its full nomenclature is 'Cupra Formentor
V2 1.4 eHybrid 204PS DSG'.
going any further, let's break that down: Formentor comes from the Formentor
peninsula on the Spanish island of Majorca; the eHybrid bit is simple enough
and refers to its green credentials, namely its electric motor-petrol engine
powertrain; V is shorthand for the Spanish word veloz, meaning 'fast', while
the '2' refers to the trim grade; 204PS (201bhp) indicates the total combined
power; and 'DSG' obviously references its six-speed dual-clutch autobox.
a swish interior thats
boosted by copper
satin alloy finishings,
and wraparound ambient
Quality is on par with
similar sized SUVs from
such as BMW and Volvo
so, seated in the Nappa
youre in good company.
And theres plenty
of space in which to
soak up the classy
atmosphere: up front
youll find loads of
legroom and a fist-and-
a-half of headroom.
Adding an extra layer of
luxury are bucket-style,
heated seats that
not only proved to be
supportive through the
twistiest of twisty bits
but made long journeys
something to look
Many hybrids and EVs still seem to downplay sporty looks in favour of a certain
blandness, as if dull 'n' worthy styling somehow underscores their 'greenness'.
Not so Cupra who are clearly not shy about blending exuberant looks with eco
appeal. And why shouldn't environmentally-minded motorists get to drive great-looking
cars. Refreshingly, the Formentor's sharply faceted front-end treatment hints
strongly at it being 'up for some havoc'; as too does its coupe-esque side profile
and boldly defined, muscular rear-haunches.
The Formentor boasts a swish interior that's boosted by copper highlighting,
brushed satin alloy finishings, and wraparound ambient lighting. Quality is
on par with similar sized SUVs from premium badge-wearers such as BMW (X2) and
Volvo (XC40) so, seated in the black Nappa leather-skinned chairs, you and your
passengers are in good company.
And there's plenty of space in which to soak up the classy atmosphere: up front
you'll find loads of legroom and a fist-and-a-half of headroom. Adding an extra
layer of luxury are bucket-style, heated seats that not only proved to be supportive
through the twistiest of twisty bits but made long journeys something to look
For the driver, there's a fully powered seat with adjustable lumbar and three-setting
memory recall along with a multifunction, flat-bottomed, sports steering wheel
with perforated work areas that's lovely to use, and fine visibility over the
bonnet made better by the slim windscreen pillars. While boldly styled, the
coupe-esque C-pillars don't spoil your view of what's going on behind; reversing
sensors and a rear-looking camera make parking a no-fear job. Add to that pedals
that line up with the steering wheel (so no twisted knees or skewed hips) and
you have a sporty and satisfying driving position from which to enjoy the Formentor's
There's practicality too, with numerous in-cabin storage areas including practical
door bins, a glovebox, a pair of cupholders large enough to offer genuine dual-use
opportunities, a good-sized open tray ahead of the selector lever with wireless
charging bed for your smartphone plus twin charging USB ports, a couple more
small trays, along with a deep bin with a 12V socket beneath the centre armrest.
The Formentor's comms the linchpin of any car today whether its
ICE (internal combustion engine), Hybrid, or EV are fully up to
speed, with a digital-rich cockpit. The stepped dash works a treat with a central
touchscreen set high and 'free-standing' to ensure minimal time-away-from-the-road
for your eyes. Sure, a reliance on finger-tapping a touchscreen to control everything,
including altering the climate, can be a tad exasperating but
not, if, as on the Formentor, it incorporates natural voice control. To use
it, simply say "Hello"; followed by what you need "I'm cold",
for instance, will automatically, and speedily, ramp up the temperature. Add
to that clearly marked buttons on the multifunction wheel and the Formentor's
command structure all makes perfect sense.
12-inch central infotainment and navigation touchscreen and the 10-inch digital
instrument panel are both hi-def clear and fast-acting; the driver's screen
is easily reconfigurable. Added to the voice control is full smartphone integration
and mirroring (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto), four USB Type C ports, 6 speakers,
and DAB radio.
sporty looks, the real
eye-opener is the
It glosses over tatty
tarmac and bumpy
blacktop with amazing
Sure, its a tad firm but
it never veers close
to being harsh and
maintains its composure
even when pressing on.
Which it does
included is SEAT's Connect Safety, Service, Remote & Online software covering
emergency and breakdown calls, service scheduling, and remote access of driving
data, parking position, etc. Another positive is the posted road speed being
shown on not just the main touchscreen's active navigation mapping but also
on the driver's instrument display panel, along with your actual road speed
as well as road signs.
In addition to all the comms kit just mentioned there's the leather upholstery
and sports seats, three-zone AirCon (with a dedicated rear control panel for
those in the back), keyless entry and keyless start, adaptive cruise control
(with 'follow-to-stop') and speed limiter, rearview camera, electronic parking
brake with autohold, heated seats and heated steering wheel, ambient interior
lighting, front and rear electric windows, dark tinted rear glass, powerfolding
heated door mirrors with memory function, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and
a set of eye-catching machined 19-inch matte-black-and-silver alloy wheels.
Safety kit is equally comprehensive and along with a five-star EuroNCAP rating
features forward collision warning (reacts to other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians)
with automatic emergency braking, driver and front passenger airbags with front
passenger airbag de-activation, front side curtain airbags, an electronic differential
lock and dynamic traction support, driver attention alert, and traffic-sign
Headlights are powerful LED units with daytime running lights plus LED taillights
(with dynamic indicators), and the front fog lamps incorporate a cornering function.
More standard-fit items include tyre pressure monitoring, auto lights, rain-sensing
wipers, and automatic dip/high-beam switching.
Rear cabin accommodation is unexpectedly liberal, with plentiful foot and leg
room along with enough headroom to keep a brace of six-footers relaxed and smiling
especially with the well-padded, wide centre armrest, clearly
designed for sharing with no territorial disputes, folded down. ISOFIX and top
tether anchorage points make it a child-friendly haven too.
they don't look it from outside, the side windows are large and contribute to
the airy ambiance despite the interior's all-black theme. In addition to the
comfy seats and dedicated rear cabin temperature adjustment panel with air vents,
rear passengers also benefit from backseat pouches, siamesed cupholders built
into the armrest, door bins, and two charging USB ports.
puts its power down
through its front wheels
via a rapid and smooth-
changing, six-speed DSG
Like a full-on EV, it
always feels keen to go
with satisfying bursts
of effortless urge
whenever your right foot
Given the unashamedly sporty looks, the real eye-opener is the Formentor's ride.
It glosses over tatty tarmac and bumpy blacktop with amazing grace. Sure, it's
a tad firm but it never veers close to being harsh and maintains its composure
even when pressing on. Which it does with gusto!
a good moment to mention the power options... While petrolheads might still
wish to stick with an internal combustion engine under their bonnet, those in
the know will be taking the hybrid route. If it's ICE you still want, you can
still have it: petrol-drinking power choices are 148bhp (1.5-litre) and 306bhp
Green-but-still-keen drivers will go for the eHybrid plug-in powertrain which
uses a four-cylinder 1.4-litre petrol engine teamed with an electric motor,
available in either 201bhp guise, as tested here, or with a more intoxicating
201bhp eHybrid puts its power down through its front wheels via a rapid and
smooth-changing, six-speed DSG dual-clutch autobox. Like the electric motor-petrol
engine combo, the autobox and hybrid drivetrain are also harmoniously matched.
Like a full-on EV, it always feels keen to go with satisfying bursts of effortless
'urge' whenever your right foot demands it.
Which could be often, particularly if you find yourself selecting Sport from
the three available driving modes (all of which do make a discernible difference).
It may be a hybrid, but the Formentor's quartet of 'squared' copper-coloured
tailpipes are not just for show after hitting its sweet spot around
2,000rpm, the Formentor will happily ramp up the speed all the way to the redline.
Also very welcome are the paddle-shifters for when you feel like taking back
total control in manual mode.
eHybrid's electric motor doesn't just help it go fast; it also makes possible
an all-electric range of approximately 34 miles (in committed city driving this
could go as high as 41 miles). In these days of Low Emission Zones it's also
a useful tax-saver when driving in or through areas infested by LEZs, or worse,
ULEZs. Talking of pure electric power, plugging-in and charging the eHybrid
is as straightforward as it gets. A full charge can be done and dusted in just
three-and-a-half hours using a 3.6kW supply.
eHybrid easily earns
the F-word: its
The figures (127mph top
speed and 62mph in
an enthusiastic 7.8)
confirm it doesnt
about in a straight line;
what they dont
is that its
around and through
the twisty bits too...
Note that the headline-grabbing three-figure hybrid consumption figures bandied
about by various carmakers only translate to real-life driving if you can keep
all your single trips to under a set figure between full battery charge-ups
35 miles that would be in the Formentor's case. Do that, and you'll
struggle to use a drop of unleaded. However, in real-life the reality will be
closer to what we achieved over a week's sporty (but not too naughty!) driving:
64.1mpg. A very nice figure indeed!
this Formentor easily earns the F-word: it's undeniably FUN. The figures (127mph
top speed and 0-62mph in an enthusiastic 7.8 seconds) confirm it doesn't hang
about in a straight line; what they don't show is that it's pretty handy around
and through the twisty bits too.
you're driving, it feels planted and positive, and the accurate steering comes
with a decent amount of feedback that generates a seriously can-do attitude.
The brakes, too, deserve praise: given they must combine normal friction with
hybrid regenerative stopping, they really are very good, both progressive and
All in all the Cupra Formentor eHybrid is not only comfortable for long journeys
en famille, but an eager beaver on those days you're looking for some solo driving
The Formentor's 60:40-split rear seats fold down to open up a versatile loadbay
(use the easy release levers in the boot sides) but even with them in use for
passengers there's 345 litres of boot space between their backrests and the
Should you need to accommodate long items you'll be pleased to make use of the
large load-thru hatch set between the outer seatbacks and should you wish to
utilise the roof, the necessary roof rails are already fitted. Unexpectedly,
towing is not only doable but the eHybrid can haul a substantial 1,700kg. In
other words, all your options are covered.
The Formentor eHybrid looks pretty amazing, exudes character, is great to travel
in, and drives brilliantly. Not only that, but you don't have to compromise
on space or practicality or go short of desirable tech and 'goodies'. Without
doubt Cupra's practical hybrid more than lives up to its 'SUV-coupe' expectations.
Don't leave home without one! ~ MotorBar
CUPRA Formentor V2 1.4 eHybrid 204PS DSG
Maximum speed: 127mph | 0-62mph: 7.8 seconds | Test Average: 61.4mpg
Power: 201bhp | Torque: 184lb ft | CO2: 29g/km