Cupra Formentor Review – Top Gear

The Formentor will just ever be badged as a Cupra, Seat’s sporty and amazed off-shoot marque. Presently, you choose between two engines shared with the Cupra Leon hot hatchback. ‘Formentor’ is in fact an attractive peninsula in Majorca– a nod to Cupra’s Spanish roots.

Not a Seat. Not now, not ever. The Formentor will just ever be badged as a Cupra, Seat’s stylish and amazed off-shoot marque. If you thought all Cupras were just rebadged Seats, this hunkered-down ‘coupe-SUV’ just ran over all over your argument.

Undoubtedly, it’s not a totally bespoke maker from the ground up. That’s not how the Volkswagen Group commenced taking control of Planet Car. Under its crisply creased skin, the Formentor is based on the same raw components as the well-rounded Seat Ateca, or for that matter the VW Golf: same standard chassis, shared gearboxes, and the most recent touchscreen infotainment centre from the new (and pretty excellent) Leon hatchback.

Nevertheless, to give the Formentor a butch position, it’s longer and lower than the school run-spec Ateca. In the metal it’s a good-looking monster, triggering one Top Gear staffer to question aloud how Cupra has actually been permitted to sneak out a style that’s so much better solved than Lamborghini’s Urus. In this class, looks sell, which’ll help the Cupra discover a footing. And to aid with the pedigree, for the time being the only engine alternatives are pure hot hatch fodder.

Currently, you choose between two engines shown the Cupra Leon hot hatchback. So, it’s a 306bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo unit driving all four wheels (a familiar powertrain from the likes of the VW Golf R and Audi S3) or a brand-new plug-in hybrid set-up teaming a 1.4-litre turbo engine with an electrical motor to develop 242bhp. The eHybrid variation can a declared 31 miles on electrical power alone.

There’ll be 6 trimlines: we’ve tested a range-topper with the 306bhp engine– undoubtedly the most Cupra-ish of all the Formentors.

Oh, which name? Apparently it’s absolutely nothing to do with the ghoulish soul-sucking villains of the Harry Potter universe, nor the yeasty homes of brewing your own beer. ‘Formentor’ is in fact a picturesque peninsula in Majorca– a nod to Cupra’s Spanish roots. Remember that when your mates ask you what your automobile’s called, since strangely, the word ‘Formentor’ does not appear anywhere on or indeed inside the vehicle.

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