Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Stylish and well-built interior
  • Interesting and usable digital displays
  • Lots of cutting-edge technology

Drivers who like to sit low can in the Cupra Formentor, thanks to a decent amount of seat travel. Look around to see Volkswagen Group’s stubby gear selector, and a lovely orange LED strip that circumnavigates the dashboard. If you have the upgraded Safety and Driving Pack, it also glows more intensely under the side mirrors to signify something’s in your blindspot: a nice touch.

Twin digital screens – 10.0-inch customisable instrument binnacle and a 12.0-inch infotainment touchscreen – are both standard. The latter runs the standard navigation (with connected features including live updates to traffic, parking and fuel station prices), wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity to sync with your iPhone and DAB radio for digital listening. Also standard are wireless charging, four USB-C charging sockets, keyless entry, cruise control, lane assist to keep within the white lines and automated emergency braking.

We've tested several different examples now and we're pleased to report that the Formentor’s materials and quality have a pleasingly premium feel. It's just the right side of mainstream, without being too extravagant or pricey.

2020 Cupra Formentor interior dashboard

Better-equipped Formentors come with adaptive suspension, and that brings five drive modes: Comfort, Sport, Cupra, Individual and Off-Road. You can toggle through them using the circular button on the bottom left of the sporty steering wheel, which adjusts the dampers, throttle setting and steering weight for a comfier or more athletic driving experience.

One bugbear is that the tiny graphic which displays which driving mode you’re in gets overlaid with sat-nav instructions, making it impossible to change drivetrain, chassis and suspension profiles when directions are coming thick and fast – unless you poke through touchscreen menus.

We're also not too sure about the electro-buttons for heating controls. They're not as easy to use as traditional switchgear and it's hard not to feel that the Formentor has digitised too much in the name of a modern, connected, minimalist interior...

Comfort

  • Supportive driver's seat
  • Lots of rear room for a crossover 
  • Sport mode results in a firm ride

We've tested several Formentors now and can report that even base models have perfectly comfortable seats. The higher-spec models and hybrids we tested had sportier bucket-style chairs tailored in blue leather, and these feel supremely comfy with their extra squabs to hold you in place. The rear seats are also comfortable and surprisingly roomy, considering the Formentor's dramatic roofline.

On the road, comfort levels are largely dictated by which drive mode you're using. In Sport, damping and ride are pretty fierce, lashing down the body and transmitting the road’s contours like a stone being dragged across the seabed. It's quite bumpy and jiggly, if we're being honest, and best ignored on pot-holed British roads.

There’s an Individual mode too, where you can mix the parameters, and use a slider to select from 15 damper settings of stiffness. But you may need patience and a seismometer to detect the differences.

2020 Cupra Formentor rear seats