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Cupra Formentor SUV - Reliability & safety

Lots of shared parts should mean the Cupra Formentor is reliable

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

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

SEAT owners reported a roughly average number of faults in the first year. The brand itself came 14th out of 30 manufacturers (above parent company VW) in our Driver Power survey and, with even the styling of its models being similar, Cupra will surf on SEAT’s coat-tails while it’s still establishing itself. Owners were complimentary about their SEAT's sharp handling and infotainment systems, while build quality and ride quality were less highly scored.

Safety

Despite being the first standalone model from the Cupra brand, the Formentor was awarded a convincing five-star safety score by Euro NCAP. Its ratings included 93%, 88% and 80% in the adult occupant, child occupant and safety assist categories respectively. Standard safety features for the Cupra Formentor include Front Assist with auto emergency braking and pedestrian detection, along with side and exit assist, emergency steering, junction assist, lane assist and e-call that will alert the emergency services if the car is involved in a heavy collision.

Buyers can also opt to fit a 'Safety and Driving Pack XL' to DSG automatic versions, bringing road-sign warnings, automatic high beam headlights, 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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