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Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 5.4 - 7.8 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 30.6 - 40.8 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 31.4 - 44.8 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 176.6 - 235.4 mpg
  • Wide range of engines, something for every pocket
  • Petrol-only choice, with no diesels for the UK
  • Plug-in hybrid models the cheapest to run

Cupra has gradually fleshed out the choice of engines on the Formentor range, and they're all familiar from elsewhere in the Volkswagen, Skoda and SEAT ranges. The company predicts that half buyer will go for a traditional petrol model, while the other 50 percent will plump for one of the two plug-in hybrid (PHEV) options.

The petrol choices are nothing to write home about from an emissions perspective, but the 1.5- and 2.0-litre petrols are the cheapest way into a Formentor. The smaller engine has CO2 emissions starting at 143g/km in manual form (151g/km with the DSG auto) and 41.5-44.8mpg combined fuel consumption. Figures are not yet available for the 2.0 petrol.

No diesel Formentor will be offered in the UK, although you can choose one on the Continent. Instead, Cupra will steer you towards one of a brace of hybrids. They combine a 150hp 1.4-litre petrol engine with electric motor assistance, shared with the Leon PHEV and driving the front wheels through a dual-clutch transmission

The Formentor E-Hybrid musters 245hp from the engine and an 85kW motor, powered by a 13kWh battery pack for pure electric running claimed up to 37 miles. The lower-output E-Hybrid yields 204hp, and you can expect a pure electric range of around 34 miles. We tested the more powerful PHEV and managed no more than 21 miles of mixed rural e-driving in winter - we expect that you'd have greater chance of matching the official claims if you drive gently around town in summer.

The real bonus of the hybrid models is their devastatingly low emissions: CO2 emissions stand at just 33g/km for very low tax bandings and Cupra claims an average fuel consumption of 177-188mpg. Remember that 94 percent of UK journeys are sub-25 miles - if you can charge up at home every night, you'll rarely have to fill up your E-Hybrid with petrol, if you drive carefully.

The least efficient Formentor is the range-topping performance version. On the WLTP Combined test cycle, the Formentor 310hp 4Drive VZ Edition returns between 31.4-33.2mpg. The best we managed in a couple of days was high 20s on the trip computer. And given the Formentor only has a 55-litre fuel tank, you’ll be on very good terms with your local fuel station. Carbon dioxide emissions are a whopping 193g/km, so expect high company car tax

2020 Cupra Formentor wheel

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145 - £490
Insurance group 19 - 33
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