VEHICLE TESTThe former Seat sports label is now an independent car brand. In Cupra communications, the terms of sale of the waistband revolve around your ears, but Formentor e-Hybrid offers more than just sharp lines.
Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid (245hp / 180 kW), from € 43,990
You can now choose from four models in Cupra. Leon hatchback and Sportstourer are versions of more than one sports name. The Born Cup electric – which will come later this year – is a Volkswagen.3 brand in sportswear. That makes this Formentor immediately special: The SUV is not available as a Seat and does not resemble another Volkswagen Group model. Finally something to choose from if you don’t get warm from Ateca ‘normal’.
Because that’s what Cupras’ job is, if we can trust the brand: for people who get fire from cars. dear. Lovers who want something different. Based on the responses of passers-by, Formentor certainly gets a mark for his strong image, even to a certain degree of dedication. Its clear false exhaust streams, bumpers resembling race cars and bronze accents are a tad cartoon, but the tested VZ Copper version turns out to be a real necklace.
As long as there is enough power in the 12.8 kWh battery pack, this plug-in also provides a pleasing output of 245 hp (180 kW). That is more than enough for smooth operation, especially when such an attractive electron enhancement is still available.
However: what about empty battery cells after about 40 km? Then the electric motor blows significantly downwards and drives around 150 hp which the 1.4-liter gasoline engine coughs. He still has no ability to do, but the Founder is certainly not a bad line.
That’s a shame, because its chassis (solid, not too hard) and steering (sharp, not very uncomfortable) have just been surprisingly modified. He can be used every day, but he certainly plays enough to give a cracked nose a wide smile. In that sense, Formentor does what Cupra promises.
+ Bright, operational playback character.
+ Comfort is not so bad.
+ Full of character.
– A small type of electricity.
– The gasoline engine is very weak.
– The price is disappointing.
Because of its design, unique decoration, more powerful driving character and high average performance, Formentor actually adds something. The fact that it is also not an example of the Eleven Seat and that it can be used daily is a bonus.
Additional test tips
The Cupra Formentor is like the Chair itself was supposed to be: a sports alternative, the new and brighter of the best options for the Volkswagen and Skoda brothers.
Immediately grumbling about the little details: according to Cupra, Formentor is not a Seat, but when you connect a smartphone to a car bluetooth, the car is still called a Seat. If you want to provide a different brand experience if needed, you must mark i and cross t, of course.
Formentor’s interior is still very breathable. In terms of design, it is similar to that of Leon, with a wide center tunnel and gear lever, a large screen in the middle and air vents provided with speed. Fortunately, Cupra offers the opportunity to make Formentor more special inside: The tested Copper version has a special dashboard trim in ‘Petrol Blue’ color with a brass seam. It looks absolutely beautiful.
This combination is also reflected in the upholstery of the seats and the back seat, which creates a special atmosphere. Additionally, if you select the Performance Reduction level, you get a special ‘supersport’ steering wheel and a connected start / stop button and a Cupra key that you can use to select the running mode.
With the Cupra button you can also select ‘Cupra’ as well as ‘normal’ and ‘Sport’. Then both engines release their maximum available power, automatic transmission changes rapidly and the car also emits more noise. Those sounds, which you do not hear outside the car, often sound very articulate: only on ‘three-quarters of the gas’ the sound is a bit reminiscent of a five-cylinder gasoline engine. It gives the car more character, but it doesn’t sound good.
In the tested version, the e-Hybrid powertrain delivers 245 hp (180 kilowatts). This is the strongest of the two options, as Cupra also offers a 204 hp (150 kW) Formentor plug-in. This slightly stronger variant is available from € 43,990, while the affordable Formentor with 245 hp starts at a price of € 49,990. Both options have automatic six-speed automatic transmission. The pilot car runs from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 7 seconds, the top speed is 210 kilometers per hour.
Until recently, Cupra also delivered the most powerful 2.0 TSI with a four-wheel drive and 310 hp (228 kW) to Formentor, but was canceled due to higher purchasing prices in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, the brand has also launched the Formentor with a five-cylinder gasoline engine (borrowed from the Audi RS3). A maximum of seven thousand of the 390 hp variant will be made, it is still unknown if it will also come to the Netherlands.
The sports seats on the testauto look good and comfortable, but offer very little help for people with long legs. Especially for long trips you notice that the seats are not enough, which causes tired legs. Certainly for cars in this (price) segment, seats that can be adjusted in height should be standard.
Although the Formentor is not a miracle of space, the space in the back seat and on the trunk (345 liters) is the same for a car in this segment. There is no extra storage compartment under the luggage compartment, because that is where the battery is built. By the way, they also make sure you have a small gas tank: for 40 liters you add fuel almost every 450 kilometers on long highway trips. So rely on the so-called life SUV: if you really want the best space and spread, it is best to choose Leon Sportswagon or Seat Ateca or Tarraco.
Each Cupra Formentor comes with a standard adjustable travel controls, visual sensors (which illuminate the warning light in the dashboard corner), rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, 12-inch large screen for navigation and media titika, a. digital instrument panel with automatic air conditioning. From Performance (€ 47,990) the car also has dynamic adjustable dampers, which change their behavior to the position you place Cupra. The station deserves it.
The test car is available as VZ Copper Edition, the most comprehensive version available from 51,990 euros. Including randomly decorated interiors, 19-inch wheels, automatic parking device, front bucket seats, wireless charger for your smart phone (very comfortable, center under dashboard), sliding / sloping roof. and steering wheel. The high-quality matte paint of the test drive also increases the price by another 2370 euros.
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