Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid interior & comfort
The Formentor's interior quality is excellent, with plenty of standard equipment across the range
The Formentor e-Hybrid is available in four trim levels: V1, V2, VZ1 and VZ2. All get full LED headlights, a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10.2-inch digital drivers display. The V1 and VZ1 don’t get full leather interiors, but overall the Formentor is excellent when it comes to standard equipment.
Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid dashboard
Inside, the Formentor’s leather and matte interior is complemented with copper stitching and trim. It’s certainly a unique colour combination that again helps the car stand out next to rivals, and works on the car's two-layer dashboard design. The 12-inch central infotainment screen that comes as standard on all Formentors is also orientated towards you.
However, one element that has migrated over from a lot of newer Volkswagen Group cars is a lack of physical buttons inside. Instead, you operate many functions, like climate control, with touch-sensitive bars as opposed to regular dials. The need to press buttons multiple times for even simple functions like the heated seats doesn’t create a pleasant user experience, but some things can be controlled with steering-wheel buttons.
Equipment, options & accessories
V1 cars come with 18-inch alloys, a digital driver's display, a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment display, a host of smart driving features and full LED headlights. The Formentor V2 gets upgraded 19-inch alloys as standard, plus a Nappa leather interior, as well as adding parking assistance and a rear-view camera.
The VZ1 and VZ2 come with much the same equipment as their less powerful equivalents, but due to their higher 242bhp power output, they also get adaptive sport chassis control, sports front suspension and speed-sensitive power steering. The VZ2 also gets the otherwise-optional Safety and Driving Pack as standard.
Apart from that, the only options for the Formentor e-Hybrid are a tow bar, a panoramic sunroof and a huge variety of paint colours, including £1,800 matte options, so you don’t have to shell out big money on option packs and add-ons.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
All Formentor e-Hybrids are equipped with a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10.2-inch digital drivers display. You can navigate through the central infotainment screen with relative ease, but it isn’t the best in this class – and having to rely on it to operate so many of the car's key functions highlights that fact.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Cupra Formentor will be very appealing to company-car drivers in plug-in hybrid form, but the powertrain doesn’t quite match the sporty styling
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingAs with all plug-ins, the Formentor’s figures depend on how often you charge it, but CO2 emissions are low
- 3Running costsLow CO2 emissions and a decent electric range make the Formentor hybrid very appealing to company-car drivers, with a Benefit-in-Kind rate of just 11%
- 4Engines, drive & performancePlug-in hybrid power certainly helps the Formentor with acceleration, but the driving experience doesn't quite match the car's superb styling
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThe Formentor's interior quality is excellent, with plenty of standard equipment across the range
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe boot space on offer in the e-Hybrid versions of the Formentor is less than the purely petrol models, but is on par with other plug-in hybrid SUVs
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Formentor scored well in independent crash-testing, thanks in part to lots of standard safety kit across the range