2020 Cupra Formentor SUV: 306bhp petrol model starts at £39,830

Cupra Formentor is brand’s first standalone model; cheaper models coming

  • Formentor available with up to 306bhp
  • 12-inch touchscreen standard
  • Available to order now

The Cupra Formentor is now available to order with an initial starting price of £39,830. This is the first Cupra that’s not also available as a SEAT-badged version but launch cars will soon be joined by less powerful, less expensive models. First deliveries are scheduled for November.

2020 Cupra Formentor UK prices and specifications

The first allocation of cars are VZ2, VZ3 and VZ Edition versions, which all feature digital dials, a 12-inch touchscreen, a reversing camera, heated Nappa leather bucket seats, adaptive dampers and 19-inch alloy wheels. VZ3 cars add copper-tinged black alloys and more powerful Brembo brakes for £42,200, while paying £43,840 gets you a VZ Edition with all of the above and a panoramic sunroof.

Early next year, the 306bhp petrol will be joined by a 242bhp plug-in hybrid, with a price to be announced nearer the time of launch. We understand that Cupra will borrow some of SEAT’s engines, such as the 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine, and this will enable prices to start at around £27,300.

The 2.0-litre engine comes with an automatic gearbox as standard and 4DRIVE all-wheel-drive for improved grip. With a 0-62mph time of 4.9 seconds, it’s merely a tenth of a second off the new Cupra Leon ST estate, while the top speed is the same at 155mph.

The plug-in hybrid setup is familiar from the Volkswagen Passat GTE and Skoda Superb iV, and will be used in the forthcoming Volkswagen Golf GTE and Skoda Octavia vRS. Together, the engine and electric motor provide 242bhp, which should be good for a 0-62mph time of just over six seconds. You’ll be able to travel up to 31 miles on electric power when the battery’s fully charged and official CO2 emissions may be under 50g/km. Both powertrains come with a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

The Formentor SUV will share styling cues with the SEAT Tarraco SUV, namely the one-piece rear light bar and similar sleek headlights. In other areas, the Formentor looks sportier, in keeping with the Cupra brand. It sits slightly lower than normal, with an aggressive front bumper, a wider track, chunkier wheel arches, a large rear wing and a sloping roofline. Massive Brembo brakes are fitted behind 19-inch alloy wheels, which can be specified in a copper finish, and there are nine paints to choose from, including metallic, special and matte finishes.

The sporty styling is echoed on the inside, with bucket seats (in a choice of blue fabric and black leather), a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a handful of copper accents. A 12-inch touchscreen - bigger than the one in the Cupra Leon - comes with voice and gesture control, along with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay. A customisable digital instrument cluster and driving mode selectors on the steering wheel also feature. The interior also gets wraparound LED ambient lighting, which flashes when the blind-spot warning is triggered.

A Cupra Connect smartphone app provides a range of online features that allow owners to check vehicle data, see where it’s parked and be warned if the car is being driven too fast or has been stolen. Plug-in hybrid Formentors also come with the option to preset the climate control and schedule when charging starts.

A Cupra Tavascan concept was also unveiled recently but we’re told this may have been delayed as Cupra works on the Formentor, the new Cupra Leon and the freshly launched Cupra el-Born electric car.

Read our Cupra Ateca review, or see where the SEAT Leon Cupra comes in our list of the fastest hatchbacks.

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