Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid 2021: specs, price and on-sale date

SEAT spinoff brand's high-performance plug-in hybrid SUV goes on sale on 16 February, with prices starting at £38,625

Cupra Formentor hybrid

The Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid is the plug-in hybrid version of a new halo car for SEAT’s performance-orientated spinoff brand. It goes on sale in the UK on 16 February, priced from £38,625 for the VZ1 trim level, or £40,260 for the VZ2. There are also purely petrol-engined versions of car available, starting at £27,395 and climbing to £43,840.

The production version of the Formentor hasn’t changed much from a pre-production concept that arrived in 2019. Its styling remains familiar, with sharp, sporty lines, large 19-inch wheels (hiding 18-inch Brembo brakes) and the now-ubiquitous Cupra copper-coloured trim. A range of metallic and matte paint finishes are offered alongside high-quality interior trims like brushed aluminium and leather.

Both trim levels feature 19-inch matte black or silver alloy wheels and sports bumpers, as well as folding and heated door mirrors, plus LED headlights and tail-lights. Interior features include sports pedals, ambient lighting, a 12-inch navigation system with phone integration and wireless phone charging, four USB-C sockets and three-zone climate control.

The VZ1 has black bucket seats paired with copper stitching, while the VZ2 adds power-adjustable and heated black Nappa leather bucket seats also featuring copper stitching, along with a heated sports steering wheel with stop-start and CUPRA driving mode buttons.

Cupra Formentor hybrid engine, battery, performance, fuel economy and CO2

Like the Cupra Leon hot hatchback, the Formentor is powered by a choice of powertrains – plug-in hybrid or purely petrol. The most powerful petrol option uses the Volkswagen Group’s tried-and-tested 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 306bhp, while the entry-level, less powerful car gets a detuned version with 242bhp. Power goes to all four wheels via Cupra’s 4Drive system in the plug-in hybrid and more powerful petrol model, but the entry-level petrol car is front-wheel-drive only. 

The e-Hybrid plug-in uses a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired with a 13kWh battery and electric-motor combination making up its plug-in hybrid element, with a quoted total output of 242bhp and 400Nm of torque. A DSG gearbox puts power to the road, but four-wheel drive isn’t offered here. A top speed of 130mph and a 0-60mph time of seven seconds are promised, along with pure-electric range of 32-34 miles. Official fuel economy is 177-188mpg while corresponding CO2 emissions are 33-35g/km.

Technology and safety

The Formentor gets the brand’s Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) drive-mode selection system in VZ1 trim and above. It monitors the road surface and driver inputs to make changes to the car’s suspension, steering and power delivery. Four modes are offered: Comfort, Sport, Cupra and Individual.

Inside, a 12-inch infotainment system takes pride of place on the floating dashboard, complete with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity. A number of USB-C ports allow owners of modern smartphones to connect to the system, while a built-in SIM card allows for the use of Cupra’s eCall service, which can automatically contact emergency services in the event of an accident.

Plug-in hybrid Formentors get an e-Manager system, which can be used to control the car’s charging or pre-heat or cool the interior, all with smartphone integration through a dedicated app. Up-to-date driver assistance and active safety features include Predictive Active Cruise Control (PACC), which uses sat-nav and camera data to adjust speed for corners, roundabouts and other road features – along with blind-spot monitoring and 'Exit Assist', which gives an audio warning to passengers opening doors into traffic.

In addition to the Formentor, Cupra has unveiled a fully electric concept car called the Tavascan and will have its own version of the Volkswagen ID.3 electric hatchback in the shape of the Cupra el-Born. Cupra's parent brand SEAT also offers a plug-in hybrid version of the latest Leon family hatchback.

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