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Cupra Formentor review - Reliability & safety

Lots of shared parts should mean the Cupra Formentor is reliable

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4.2 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

​The Volkswagen Group isn’t scared to share parts between its brands, and the Cupra Formentor has plenty of components carried over from other cars, meaning everything is tried-and-tested. The Formentor is also fitted with lots of safety features, helping it to score highly in Euro NCAP crash tests.

Cupra Formentor reliability

While Cupra as a brand has not yet appeared in our Driver Power customer satisfaction surveys, parent manufacturer SEAT has. In 2023 the Spanish marque placed in an uninspiring 23rd out of 32 manufacturers; around 21% of owners reported a fault with their car within the first year of ownership, which is around average.

Safety

Despite being the first standalone model from the Cupra brand, the Formentor was awarded a convincing five-star safety score by Euro NCAP. Standard safety features for the Cupra Formentor include autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist and e-call, which will alert the emergency services if the car is involved in a heavy collision.

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Buyers can also opt to fit a 'Safety and Driving Pack XL' to DSG automatic versions, bringing traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist and Emergency Assist, which can help control the vehicle in an emergency. Exit Assist also warns occupants of approaching traffic as they go to open a door.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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