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Cupra Formentor

(2020 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

72
%
A

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

74
%
B

Safety Rating:

78
%
B

Eco Rating:

75
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

59
%
C

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

72
%
A

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

74
%
B

Safety Rating:

78
%
B

Eco Rating:

75
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

59
%
C

Summary


The Cupra Formentor is a mid-sized SUV/crossover, and the first model from the new Spanish performance brand not to be based on an existing SEAT model, unlike the Cupra Ateca and Cupra Leon. The Formentor went on sale in the UK in late 2020.

Size-wize, the Formentor is broadly similar to the other models in the Cupra family, but it sits lower to the ground – roughly halfway between the Leon and the Ateca – and has a sloping coupé-style rear roofline. Being its own distinctive model also helps avoid it looking like a go-faster SEAT.

“It’s slightly more expensive and a bit less practical than the SEAT Ateca”, says What Car?‘s Dan Jones, “but in exchange, it offers sharp coupé-SUV looks and a smarter interior.” The Carwow team adds that the Formentor is plenty of “fun on the right road” but if you have your mind set on a new SUV “there are bigger boots and higher driving positions available.”

The car’s performance tends to split reviewer opinion. While many conclude that the Formentor does a great job of blending sport and utility, outlets such as Autocar comment that the Cupra “isn’t a wildly exciting drive” – a criticism also leveled against the marque’s electric Born hatchback.

The Cupra Formentor holds a New Car Expert Rating of A with a score of 72% as of April 2024. This score is aided by the car’s full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and low emissions (particularly hybrid models), as well as its relatively affordable running costs.

Formentor highlights

  • High standard of interior comfort
  • Attractive exterior looks
  • Roomy and practical
  • Impressive tech features and infotainment
  • Wide range of models to choose from

Formentor lowlights

  • Sporty exterior not really matched under the bonnet
  • Influence from cheaper SEAT models remains
  • Engine gets noisy above 70mph
  • Fiddly dashboard controls

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £32,030 on-road

Launched: Winter 2020/21
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Daily Mail

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Daily Mirror

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Electrifying.com

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Evo

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Heycar

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Honest John

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: March 2021
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 93%
Child protection: 88%
Vulnerable road users: 68%
Safety assist: 80%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of April 2024, the Cupra Formentor has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

If the Formentor is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of April 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Cupra Formentor to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Formentor, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models39 mpgD33 – 45 mpgC – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models168 g/kmC143 – 194 g/kmB – D
Hybrid models31 g/kmA27 – 33 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models26B19 – 33A – C
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£233B
Year 2£581B
Year 3£996B
Year 4£1,238B
Year 5£1,670C
Overall£4,718B

The Cupra Formentor is a relatively affordable car to maintain, but more expensive than average to run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

We currently only have fuel economy data for petrol models, which ranges from 33 mpg to 45 mpg. This makes the petrol-powered Formentor thirstier than the average car. That said, rivals like the BMW X2 and Audi Q3 have a very similar fuel consumption.

Otherwise, the SUV’s insurance premiums are on the cheaper side, and it should be affordable to service and maintain the car over five years of ownership.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Cupra Formentor has received

2023

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Hot SUV

2022

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Hot SUV

2021

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Hot SUV

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The Cupra Formentor has received positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with praise for its styling, comfort and technology.Cupra Formentor