Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

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

Petrol engines 3.7 - 5.3 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 20.8 - 27.7 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

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.

The company predicts that half the buyers will go for a traditional petrol model, while the other 50 percent will plump for one of the two plug-in hybrid (PHEV) options. All models come with stop-start to reduce fuel consumption when stationary.

MPG and CO2

On the WLTP Combined test cycle, figures for the engine range are:

  • 150 TSI manual: 41.5-44.8mpg, 143-148g/km CO2
  • 150 TSI DSG-auto: 39.2-42.2mpg, 151-155g/km CO2
  • 190 TSI 4Drive DSG-auto: 35.3-37.7mpg, 171-176g/km CO2
  • e-Hybrid 204 DSG-auto: 201.8-235.4mpg, 27-29g/km CO2, EV range: 34 miles
  • 245 TSI DSG-auto: 35.8-36.7mpg, 174g/km CO2
  • e-Hybrid 245 DSG-auto: 176.6-188.3mpg, 33g/km CO2, EV range: 37 miles
  • 310 4Drive DSG-auto: 31.4-33.2mpg, 193-194g/km CO2.

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 best we saw with the 310 in a couple of days was in the high 20s on the trip computer. And given these only have a 55-litre fuel tank, you’ll be on very good terms with your local fuel station.

We tested the more powerful PHEV and managed no more than 21 miles of mixed rural e-driving in winter from the 13kWh battery pack – we expect that you’d have greater chance of matching the official claims if you drive gently around town in summer. That said, with the help of that battery, we managed to see an indicated 52.2mpg over our test route in Hybrid mode that mostly involved country roads.

The real bonus of the hybrid models is their devastatingly low emissions: CO2 emissions stand at just 33g/km for very low tax bandings. Also remember that 94 percent of UK journeys are sub-25 miles, so if you can charge up at home every night, you’ll rarely have to fill up your E-Hybrid with petrol – which may be just as well, as these have a smaller 40-litre fuel tank.

How reliable is it?

  • Should echo SEAT’s good reputation 
  • But there’s lots of new tech 
  • Three-year warranty as standard

We currently don’t have any owner’s reviews for the Formentor but there has been one recall in 2020, relating to the front assist safety system being configured incorrectly. This affected 55 vehicles, and can be checked by the dealer if the work has been carried out if you plan to buy used.

All Cupras otherwise come with a three year, 60,000 mile warranty.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £155 - £520
Insurance group 19 - 33
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