Nearly new buying guide: Cupra Formentor
That said, V1 is still well equipped. You get 18in alloy wheels, full LED headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, privacy glass, power-folding door mirrors, three-zone climate control, keyless entry/ start and adaptive cruise control.
All Formentors come with built-in sat-nav, a DAB radio, four USB-C ports, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, wireless phone charging and a 12.0in touchscreen. The screen is bright and clear, and the operating system is responsive.
Top-tier VZ3 trim is available with only the most powerful TSI 310 engine and brings bigger Brembo brakes, special 19in alloy wheels and matrix LED headlights.
The suspension on V1, V2 and VZ1 cars is firmer than on less performance-focused rivals, but it does strike a good balance between comfort and body control. If you opt for VZ2 trim or above, you’ll get adjustable dampers too. The Formentor doesn’t feel alive in corners like a hot hatch does, but for an SUV, it’s really good.
The steering is precise and reasonably communicative, while grip is plentiful. Also, it weighs only a touch more than an average family hatch, so its agility isn’t something you should underestimate.
What’s the rub? Being three years old at most, it’ll cost you upwards of £24,000 – and that’s for the base 1.5-litre. Stepping up to the 306bhp engine costs at least £32,000 and that’s on par with prices of the similar Volkswagen T-Roc R. Because the 242bhp models are newer, they demand more of your dough.