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Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid | Test | Opinion | Review

Not way back we revealed the take a look at of the Cupra León ST e-Hybrid. It was the younger model’s first foray into the world of electrification, however not the one one. Shortly after, the Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid, which arrives to play within the plug-in hybrid SUV league.

The Formentor is undoubtedly the “spoiled little one” of the Spanish agency. It was his first mannequin with out a Seat equal and has been confirmed as an absolute best-seller, each in Spain and in different European markets. This model was added to the vary after the VZ4 310 (see take a look at) and the 1.5 TSI model with 150 hp. Then got here the 150 hp 1.5 TDI and the VZ5 will crown the vary with the 390 hp five-cylinder.

It makes use of the identical mechanical recipe because the Cupra León e-Hybrid, with 204 and 245 HP of energy, the identical one which additionally equips quite a few plug-in hybrid fashions of the Group, name them GTE in Volkswagen, iV RS in Skoda …

We’ve pushed probably the most highly effective 245 HP Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid round Madrid and its environment. A quick contact after which we are going to attempt to uncover when it might be fascinating to decide on this model earlier than others.


The reality is that there are only a few aesthetic variations between the hybrid variant of the Formentor and the normal combustion. Its exterior measurements are equivalent, 4,450 mm lengthy (2,680 mm wheelbase), 1,839 mm huge and 1,510 mm excessive. It adjustments barely in that it has a decrease floor clearance (15.eight cm).

The entrance stays unchanged, with these traces on the hood that direct the gaze in the direction of the CUPRA emblem on the grille and in the direction of the A-pillars. On the left entrance wing we discover the load level cowl, one of many few variations. The edges will be 18 or 19 inches.

Little or no change additionally within the rear, which retains these attribute options and emphasizes the size of the bonnet whereas giving a variety of dynamism to the entire even when stationary. These variations have a rear diffuser with two copper coloured trims that distinguishes it from the variants with combustion engine solely.


Few variations in comparison with different Formentors, none when it comes to the standard of the supplies used and the small print that you’ll not see in a Seat, such because the sports activities seats or the multifunction steering wheel with round satellite tv for pc buttons to start out the automotive and alter the driving mode .

Sure, the data proven on the Digital Cockpit instrumentation display screen is totally different, which focuses on the hybridization system, with knowledge associated to the electrical vary or the chosen driving mode. There are six totally different views to select from and probably the most placing factor is that the rev counter is split into two components, a traditional one after which a blue space that reveals the proportion {of electrical} energy delivered and a inexperienced space with the recharge stage throughout regeneration.

On the dashboard now we have the 12-inch display screen for the infotainment system (10 within the fundamental model). It concentrates the overwhelming majority of capabilities. The console may be very clear because the transmission goes with shift-by-wire know-how, which makes use of a small gear selector.

One element that you’ll solely see on the Formentor e-Hybrid is a button to unlock the gas tank cap on the motive force’s door. It doesn’t open if the automotive is plugged in and prevents the vapors from the tank from escaping into the ambiance and inflicting a hearth.

Behind … nicely what now we have stated on different events. Good house for 2, particularly reasonable for 3. In fact, you don’t lose house in your ft (one thing frequent in electrical automobiles) because the battery, which occupies 96 liters, ends simply in the beginning of the rear bench.


It is not uncommon for plug-in hybrid automobiles to see their load capability diminish. Someplace you need to put the batteries and the trunk is sacrificed (the batteries, which weigh 130 kg) go below the rear seats as we stated and the gas tank, below the ground of the trunk

On this case it stays in 345 liters, for the 450 liters that the front-wheel drive variations have and the 420 liters of the all-wheel drive variations.


The usual gear of the Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid may be very full. It stands out particularly within the security part, with components such because the journey assistant, the lateral or blind spot assistant (detects automobiles as much as 70 meters away), the involuntary lane departure assistant, the emergency assistant, the assistant adaptive cruise management (ACC) and predictive, and the reverse cross visitors warning system, or the door opening warning to passengers, when it detects the presence of a car.

It additionally options the Entrance Help system for computerized metropolis emergency braking with pedestrian and bike owner detection, which now contains computerized flip help and dodge help. Unique to this model, the acoustic sign if you drive in electrical mode at low velocity, to warn pedestrians of your presence.

When you select, as is our case, the extra highly effective VZ variant, you may have particulars such because the sports activities suspension with variable hardness dampers, extra assistants to driving than these talked about. Additionally with the ability to rely on extra succesful sports activities seats and brakes. There are two possibility packages: Security Cool Pack (800 euros) and Tech Pack (1,300 euros).

The Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid has a beginning value of 36,640 euros, which quantities to 43,350 euros within the case of the extra highly effective VZ model. Keep in mind that these are beneficial costs. You could find provides for the Cupra Formentor, of all its mechanics, in our part of latest automobiles, revealed by the official sellers of the model. We even have fascinating instruments that provide help to finance the automotive and pay for it extra comfortably month by month.


The powertrain is made up of a 150 hp 1.Four TSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, together with an electrical 116 hp (85 kW). On this case now we have in hand it delivers 245 CV of most energy and 400 Nm of torque as a complete. When you select the only variant, it stays at 204 hp and 350 Nm attributable to totally different digital administration, because the mechanics are equivalent.

Each are related to the DSG computerized transmission, with six dual-clutch ratios, which sends energy to the entrance wheels.

The battery has a gross capability of 13 kWh (10.eight kWh internet), with which it approves a 55 km electrical vary within the case of the extra highly effective variant. Within the easiest it will increase to 59 km. Because of this, it obtains the Zero label from the DGT and all of the related advantages. In a 3.7 kW charging socket it’s absolutely charged in 3.7 hours. In a traditional socket, this time will increase to five.eight hours.

Promote glorious advantages. Already the only completes the zero to 100 km / h in 7.89 seconds and has a prime velocity of 205 km / h. Within the case of the VZ e-Hybrid 245 it’s able to doing the dash in seconds and attain 210 km / h.


Because the route was not too lengthy, I made a decision to place the hybrid mode and have the automotive handle the 2 engines by itself (all the time prioritize the electrical one if the battery is charged). It’s also possible to choose a 100% electrical mode, which is good for shifting across the metropolis. And choose how a lot battery energy you need to reserve to make use of later (or recharge it to a sure level utilizing the combustion engine).

Getting round city with a plug-in hybrid is very nice. More often than not, the Formentor strikes completely with the electrical motor, whose 116 hp is greater than sufficient to operate with ease. The contact is nice and regardless of the sportiness that’s presumed to the automobiles of the model, it’s not a automotive with a tough contact (with out reaching the consolation ranges of the Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid).

With the hybrid mode activated, as quickly as you step on the bottom the combustion engine is activated to have a really energetic response and an acceleration that surprises with the promptness with which it transfers the pedal instructions.

In a cornering zone, the adaptive suspension, which will be adjusted to 15 totally different positions, works very well. It’s accompanied by a course with a superb diploma of toughness. Little informative, however very tactful. Then you may have the totally different driving modes (the Cupra Drive Profile), which acts on steering, the accelerator pedal and the DSG gearbox).

That is undoubtedly the good draw back of the automotive in intensive dynamic use. As a result of it’s a fabulous transmission for velocity and luxury to alter gears, however on this case an electrical motor is added that generally comes into play, that different occasions it recharges the battery … with out this marrying a driving during which you hope to dominate the automotive extra and take it as you please. With a energetic and agile, however progressive driving, every little thing goes nicely. If you need to go one level additional, issues don’t move so nicely.

It doesn’t make a lot sense to speak about consumption on a route that was not excessively lengthy. It was barely 40 km, half within the metropolis and half on a curvy highway. On this part, all the time with the hybrid mode activated, we devour 1.eight l / 100 and 13.1 kWh / 100 km with out going notably slowly. We nonetheless have 46% of the battery left, sufficient to journey, in keeping with the on-board pc, 20 km.


We fell in love with the dynamics of the 310 CV Formentor VZ. It’s lighter than this variant, the chassis set-up is sportier (with out being extraordinarily radical) and because of the all-wheel drive a better traction capability.

Does the Formentor eHybrid provide that? Properly no. It’s a quick automotive, however it doesn’t provide that efficient contact and that transmits a lot to the motive force if he desires to take the automotive to the acute. Okay, I didn’t take a look at it for so long as the combustion one, however the sensations in these few kilometers (in very various environments), had been equivalent with the Cupra León Sportourer with this mechanics.

In fact, it has benefits. When you just like the aesthetics of the Formentor, which is considerably subjective and in reality the market signifies that that is the case, this variant has benefits. It’s nonetheless quick, lots and with a really sporty really feel. Those that transfer by metropolis may even have all the advantages that the Zero label implies.

And, as a superb plug-in hybrid, on routes of lower than 50 km, you’ll all the time transfer on electrical, one thing in addition to being nice may be very economical so long as you cost it at residence. Recharging the battery utterly prices between 50 cents and 1.50 euros, relying in your price, with which the price of these kilometers may be very low. You’ll spend a little bit extra on journeys, however if you happen to do a couple of a yr, the Cupra Formentor eHybrid will be very fascinating.

Cupra Formentor VZ 1.Four e-HYBRID

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