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Cupra Formentor SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

A selection of engines means there's a choice for most buyers

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MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

3.0 out of 5

You'd be forgiven for thinking the Cupra Formentor is something of a niche model, but think again. Cupra's first fully-fledged product gives customers a wide range of petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains to choose from. 

Cupra Formentor MPG & CO2

With an SUV body, four-wheel drive and plenty of power, it’s no surprise that the 306bhp version of the Cupra Formentor isn't cheap to run. It manages 33.8mpg when driven carefully, compared to 32.5mpg for the T-Roc R and 35mpg for the BMW X2 M35i, but you’ll struggle to notice a difference between rivals in day-to-day running.

When we tested this model, it was capable of economy in the mid-30s at a motorway cruise but this figure dips to nearer 25mpg when you’re in town. Drive it with enthusiasm and the number drops into the teens.

The 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine is less exciting but economy is noticeably better, with up to 44.8mpg officially when combined with a six-speed manual gearbox. CO2 emissions are between 143 and 155g/km depending on the exact spec of the car. This engine is available with a seven-speed automatic but it does make economy slightly worse.

There are two plug-in hybrid versions of the Cupra Formentor if you’d like considerably better official fuel economy. The 201bhp model returns an official figure of up to 235.4mpg with CO2 emissions from 27g/km, while the 242bhp version can manage up to 188.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 33g/km. As with all plug-in hybrids, you have the opportunity to complete shorter journeys on electric power alone if you make sure to keep the battery charged and doing so regularly is key to getting close to those quoted MPG figures.

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The plug-in hybrids are the obvious choice for business users, as the Benefit-in-Kind rate is substantially lower than the petrol - and any of the car’s non-hybrid rivals. VED (tax) is the standard rate for the petrol, while the PHEV is at the discounted rate, although adding any options to the petrol model will push it over the £40,000 threshold, in which case you’ll be paying a significant surcharge until the car’s six years old. The PHEV is expensive, costing around £10,000 more than the entry-level petrol in higher trims.

Insurance groups

Insurance groups span from 19 for the TSI 150 engine, up to group 33 for the range-topping 306bhp version with four-wheel drive. The mid-range TSI 190 4Drive sits in group 25 out of 50. 

Warranty

Cupra models come with the same standard warranty SEAT offers, covering the car for three years/60,000 miles. This is the same offered by mainstream brands like Ford and Volkswagen, but falls short of the five years of cover provided by the likes of Toyota and Hyundai.

Servicing

Fixed price servicing plans are available, so long as you subscribe within 12 months of purchasing the Formentor. These are 'inflation proof' and include the first and second service, costing just over £400 to buy upfront or just under £20 a month for two years.

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