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Cupra Formentor review - Reliability and safety

A five-star safety rating and lots of familiar parts means owning the Cupra Formentor shouldn’t cause a headache

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

While we don’t have any data from our Driver Power survey on what the Formentor is like to live with, the number of shared parts it uses mean that problems should be few and far between - and fixes should be fairly hassle-free if issues do occur.

Parent brand SEAT came 14th out of 30 manufacturers in our 2020 survey, with driving experience, infotainment and running costs all praised. A roughly average percentage of buyers reported a fault in the first year of ownership.

Safety won’t be a concern either. The Formentor has a glowing five-star Euro NCAP report, with 93% for adult protection and 88% for child protection. A 68% score for vulnerable road users isn’t the best, but that may be due to a lot of safety features being optional.

Standard equipment includes auto high-beam assist, collision warning and emergency braking, a driver alert system and lane-keeping assistance. VZ1 models also get blind-spot monitoring and lane-change assist, while the other VZ cars come with the Safety and Driving Pack XL. This adds emergency assist, meaning the car can bring itself to a safe stop in an emergency situation. The pack, including all the available safety features, can be added to V1 and V2 models for just under £600. A space-saver spare wheel is a £120 option on these two trim levels.


Like most VW Group products, the Cupra Formentor features a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. Nearly all its rivals offer a similar amount of cover, although some competitors don’t have a mileage limit. Extended warranties for four years/75,000 miles or five years/90,000 miles are available for £375 and £625 respectively. 


Cupra’s two-year servicing plan seems reasonable at around £400, and you can pay that upfront or in monthly instalments. Spread over two years, you’ll pay just over £17 a month.

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