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CUPRA FORMENTOR ESTATE

1.4 eHybrid 204 V2 5dr DSG

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We like the CUPRA Formentor. But will it be as appealing in e-Hybrid PHEV form? Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Top Speed
Top Speed127mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 2 front and 2 rear USB type C sockets
  • Digital cockpit and configurable dashboard
  • Driver alert system
  • Driving profile selection
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Park assist (inc front/rear parking sensors)
  • PAS
  • Predictive adaptive cruise control with speed limiter
  • Rear view camera
  • RPM, trip computer, outside temp gauge, instrument light brightness, low fuel warning light, lights on reminder, gearshift indicator
  • Service interval indicator
  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking
  • Wireless apple carplay

Entertainment

  • DAB radio

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Dark grey wing mirror
  • Daytime running light with automatic headlight control and coming home feature
  • Dynamic headlight range control
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors
  • Front fog lamps with cornering function
  • Gloss black roof rails and window surrounds
  • LED Headlights
  • LED Taillights with dynamic indicator
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear diffuser with black simulated exhaust pipes
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Welcome lights

Interior Features

  • 12V socket
  • 2 front and 2 rear reading lights
  • 60/40 split rear bench seat with armrest and mechanical seat release
  • Black headlining
  • Breakdown kit
  • Dust/pollen filter
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front centre armrest
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated interior front door sills
  • Illuminated sunvisor with mirror
  • Interior ambient lighting
  • Isofix
  • Leather multi function steering wheel with gear shift paddles
  • Three zone climate control with control panel in rear
  • Wraparound lighting

Packs

  • Genuine Nappa leather Pack - Cupra
  • Navigation system pack - Formentor

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
  • ABS
  • Brake control system - ESC and brake booster
  • Child proof door locks
  • Driver and front passenger airbags with front passenger airbag de-activation
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Front side curtain airbags
  • Hill hold control
  • Seat belt reminder for front and rear seats
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Anti theft alarm system
  • Keyless entry and start system (KESSY)
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Wireless phone charger

Technical

  • Electronic locking differential and dynamic traction support
  • Mode 3 charging cable
  • Standard suspension

Trim

  • Copper and aluminium interior detailing

Wheels

  • 19" Exclusive machined sport matt black and silver alloy wheels with 94W tyres
  • Emergency tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    12.8
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    300
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    3.6
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    213
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    15.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    14.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    4.2
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb
    15.3
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb
    4.1
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    56
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    53
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    59
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    35
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    33
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    37

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.01
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High
    145
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High
    117
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low
    167
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium
    115
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    29
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    32
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    29

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1395
  • Compression Ratio
    10.0 : 1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    80
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High
    5.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low
    7.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium
    5.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb
    47.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High
    44.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High
    55.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low
    37.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium
    55.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    1.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    1.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    201.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    217.3

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.4
  • Badge Power
    204
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    eHybrid
  • Coin Series
    V2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    24P
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    Not Available
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    204
  • Engine Power - KW
    150
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    243
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    33.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    330
  • Top Speed
    127

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    245/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    EXCLUSIVE MACHINED SPORT
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1510
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4450
  • Wheelbase
    2680
  • Width
    1839

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2120
  • Max. Loading Weight
    439
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1700
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1681
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.4
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

"a week ago"

Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"3 months ago"

Jen Lamplough

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"Excellent friendly, advice when helping me to choose a new electric vehicle. Customer service has been great thank you :)"

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"Very professional service, great communication from start to finish. I would highly recommend."

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Craig Ablett

Craig Ablett

"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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