The entry-level Cupra Formentor looks surprisingly good
What a surprise!
For strategic reasons, the primary aim of entry-level trims is to display an attractive price to the customer. In reality, these models generally have an unattractive presentation to encourage customers to opt for the higher versions that are more expensive and more profitable for manufacturers.
Extremely rarely, this problem does not affect the new model we have chosen today. The Formentor, a sporty SUV from the very young Cupra brand, has a surprisingly successful look for an entry-level model, without exploding its price, which is still reasonable.
The entry-level model - Photo credits Cupra
The high-end model - Photo credits Cupra
First of all, the exterior looks very good with full LED headlights and a radiator grille identical to those of the top-of-the-range versions. On the other hand, we are also surprised by the nicely designed 18-inch wheels. The rear also has the same taillights as the high-end versions. Only the diffuser differs by being smaller with two fake exhaust pipes.
The interior does not disappoint at all and features very attractive leather/fabric seats. Copper inserts are in, as are the large touch screen and the digital instrument cluster. The Formentor offers three-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go up to 130 mph (210 kph) and keyless go.
Finally, it's only under the bonnet that the basic Cupra Formentor is reasonable. It has a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol producing 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The entry-level Cupra Formentor is priced at €31,490 (£27,910/$38,269) in Germany.