Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid reliability & safety
The Formentor scored well in independent crash-testing, thanks in part to lots of standard safety kit across the range
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2021)||93%||88%||80%|
While Cupra is a fairly new brand, the Formentor has proved itself in Euro NCAP crash-testing, where it received five stars out of a possible five. The Formentor also comes packed with a host of safety features as standard, meaning you won’t have to worry about spending more for greater peace of mind.
Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid reliability & problems
As this is an almost brand-new model, customers haven’t had time to give their Formentors a proper shakedown, but so far there are no reports of major faults. However, as Cupra is part of the Volkswagen group, the Formentor's platform and hybrid powertrain are already used in many models, including the Skoda Octavia iV, Audi Q3 TFSI e, Volkswagen Golf GTE and several others, so it's likely to be very reliable. SEAT, Cupra’s sister company, ranked 14th overall in the 2020 Driver Power customer-satisfaction survey.
With a five-star Euro NCAP rating, a 93% score for adult protection and 80% for child protection, the Formentor made an impressive start for Cupra as a standalone brand when it comes to safety. But it's not all that surprising when you consider how much safety equipment is packed into the Formentor.
On top of seven airbags throughout the cabin, all Formentors are equipped with a package of driver-assistance features. The V1 and V2 get the 'Safety and Driving Pack M', which includes high-beam assist and road-sign recognition. The VZ1 comes with the 'Safety and Driving Pack L', featuring blind-spot monitoring and exit assistance – the latter to help when opening doors near passing traffic.
Finally, all VZ2 models are equipped with the 'Safety and Driving Pack XL', which adds lane-changing assistance and emergency braking assistance. If it detects an impending impact, it'll also shut any open windows and apply the seatbelt tensioners and hazard-warning lights.
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 & comfortThe 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 & safety - currently readingThe Formentor scored well in independent crash-testing, thanks in part to lots of standard safety kit across the range