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Should you buy a Cupra Formentor?

If you want something sporty for the family with all the trappings of an SUV, but without the bulk, then head to your local Cupra showroom. There’s vast rear passenger space and a useful boot, so  practicality has not been sacrificed for style in the Formentor. It’s a distinctive bodystyle wrapped in a cool, modish design, and feels well-crafted and of good quality.

You’ll certainly stand out from the crowd and that counts a lot for many buyers wishing to try something new. You can find reassurance that this upstart brand is part of the well established SEAT and Volkswagen empires. The parts are tried-and-tested.

Which version is best for you?

Cupra predicts that the E-Hybrid plug-ins will make up half of all Formentor sales and we can see why; in an age where 94% of UK journeys are sub-25 miles, these PHEVs promise all-electric running most of the time, with the security that you can fall back on the 1.4-litre petrol engine when the battery runs out. The 13kWh battery doesn’t take too long to charge at home and if you can afford the higher purchase price, we’d recommend the PHEVs as our pick of the range.

The cheaper 1.5 petrol is the best bet for those on a budget, and because they carry less weight, feel quite nimble to drive. The 310hp 4Drive performance hero and upcoming 390hp VZ5 are best left to those wanting maximum performance thrills (and big bills).

The Cupra Formentor has strong cards to play: it looks handsome and fresh, with a nicely crafted interior. It’s neither an SUV nor a family estate car – its bodystyle and colour palette will be sure to stand out from the crowd. You can order a Formentor at Cupra’s special website.