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Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid engines, drive & performance

Plug-in hybrid power certainly helps the Formentor with acceleration, but the driving experience doesn't quite match the car's superb styling

Cupra Formentor
Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Engines, drive & performance rating

3.0 out of 5

0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
6.8-7.6s127-130mphFront201-242bhp

On the road, the Formentor’s powertrain doesn’t quite match up to the sporty styling Cupra has given it. The engine is a large part of that issue, as it often sounds strained. You can select one of five driving modes in the Formentor: Comfort, Sport, Cupra, Individual and Off-Road. 

In Cupra mode, the cabin is filled with artificial engine sound and the steering weight is increased, which some people may not enjoy. The various driving modes do tweak the suspension, with the Formentor cornering with more composure in the sportier modes.

Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration

The Formentor e-Hybrid is available in two different power outputs in the UK: the V1 and V2 models get 201bhp while the higher-spec VZ1 and VZ2 cars produce 242bhp, although both use the same basic 1.4-litre petrol engine. All e-Hybrid Formentors also feature the same six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 

The addition of an electric motor means the Formentor is able to deliver sufficient acceleration to match its sharp looks, with even the less powerful model cars able to go from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds, while the VZ1 and VZ2 will do it in 6.8. That's all on par with the Formentor’s plug-in hybrid SUV rivals, such as the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Mercedes GLA.

Handling

Overall, the Formentor’s suspension is slightly firm, but you’d expect that from a sportier SUV like this. It’s by no means uncomfortable, as the suspension provides enough damping. Plus, even on 19-inch alloy wheels, the Formentor deals with bumps reasonably well, especially in the more relaxed driving modes.

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