25 October 2023

Introducing the CUPRA Formentor and some of the best alternatives

On the hunt for a car that’s sporty, practical and packed with the latest technology?

The CUPRA Formentor is a great little number that’s been making waves in the motoring world. Of course, it’s always a good idea to check out the competition which is why we’re giving you the lowdown on a few of the best

CUPRA Formentor 1.5 TSI 150 V1 5dr

First, let's give the CUPRA Formentor 1.5 TSI 150 V1 5dr its moment in the spotlight. This Spanish-designed model isn’t your average SUV, despite being equipped with an entry-level engine. A sleek silhouette, sports-inspired grille and bright LED headlights contribute to the bold design. Inside, you're treated to a comfortable and spacious cabin featuring premium materials and plenty of tech to keep you entertained and connected on the road.

It may not have the most powerful engine on British roads but thanks to 148bhp, the CUPRA Formentor 1.5 TSI 150 V1 5dr can take you from 0-62mph in just 8.9 seconds – more than enough oomph to keep up with the competition and overtake with ease on the motorway. The car feels agile, and the steering is precise, making the Formentor a pleasure to drive. Whether you're zipping around the city or cruising along a country road, you’ll love getting behind the wheel.

When it comes to fuel economy, the Formentor doesn't disappoint. Expect a good balance between performance and efficiency. The official stats are between 31.4 and 33.2 mpg though of course, this is best-case scenario so expect them to drop slightly for real-world driving.

SEAT Ateca

Practical and well-built, the SEAT Ateca is like that reliable friend you can always count on. It gets the job done and is more than capable of getting you from A to B, whether you’re commuting across the city or setting off on a weekend road trip. Unlike the Formentor which has a sporty feel, the SEAT Ateca is a little more rugged. It has an adventure-ready aesthetic which makes it a great option for active families. While it may not have the same sleek factor as the CUPRA Formentor, it's a great all-rounder and comes in a range of engines to suit your needs.

Performance comparison

The base-level Ateca promises a comfortable and stable ride – perfect for short trips and long journeys. Under the hood is a 1.0 TSI 110PS three-cylinder engine that will take you from 0-62mph in just over 11 seconds. If you're craving the same sporty kick as the Formentor, consider a higher-spec Ateca model.

Economy comparison

When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Ateca is kind to your wallet and the environment. Expect around 46 mpg and WLTP CO2 emissions of 138 g/km.

VW T-Roc

Volkswagen's T-Roc is a plucky crossover that's perfect for urban adventures. With its stylish design and a range of engines to choose from, it's a great alternative to the Formentor.

Performance comparison

The T-Roc combines the grit of an SUV with the agility and sports-inspired performance of a hatchback. Settle for the efficient 1.4-litre TSI engine or switch into top gear with the powerful 2.0-litre TSI engine. For the higher spec models enjoy max engine power of 110-140kW and max torque of 250-320Nm.

Economy comparison

Fuel economy for the T-Roc is decent and won't leave you feeling guilty about your carbon footprint. The official figures are 6.3-7.3 L/100km.

Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is a much-loved model in the crossover category. It's been around since 2007 and is now in its third generation. A combination of style, practicality and cutting-edge technology make it a favourite with British motorists. In fact, it was crowned one of the top-selling cars in the UK in 2022. How does it shape up against the CUPRA Formentor? Let’s take a look.

Performance comparison

The Qashqai offers a comfortable and smooth ride. While it may not have the same level of sportiness as the Formentor, it's a capable and easy-to-drive option. The petrol-powered Qashqai Visia features a four-cylinder 1332cc engine capable of hitting 0-62 mph in just over 10 seconds.

Economy comparison

Nissan boasts an excellent reputation for fuel economy and the Qashqai doesn’t disappoint. It's one of the more efficient crossover SUVs in its class, with combined fuel consumption (WLTP) of 44.8 mmp and combined CO₂ mass emissions of 143g/km. The Qashqai is also available in electric and hybrid drivetrains, making it popular with eco-conscious motorists.

Kia Sportage

As the name suggests, the Kia Sportage takes a track-inspired approach to the family SUV market. It’s built to perform and features a streamlined silhouette and driver-centric cabin.

Performance comparison

As well as standard petrol or diesel powertrains with 1.6 engines, the Kia Sportage is available with Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid and Mild Hybrid technology. For the petrol version, enjoy max power, bhp at rpm of 148/5500 and max torque, Nm at rpm of 250/1500-4000. These stats make it a great option for family outings and daily commuting.

Economy comparison

Fuel economy for the Sportage is decent, with the petrol engine offering 40-49 mpg combined.

Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is a well-rounded crossover that brings a touch of class to the midsize category. Behind the wheel, you’ll enjoy state-of the-art technology and loads of thoughtful features designed to elevate the driving experience.

Performance comparison

Smooth and quiet, the Tucson is ideal for long road trips. It's not as sporty as the Formentor and takes around 10 seconds to accelerate from 0-62mph, but it excels in other areas.

Economy comparison

Hyundai has been making strides in the fuel economy department, and the Tucson is no exception. It's efficient and offers around 40-51 mpg combined, meaning you won’t get any nasty surprises at the pump.

Ford Kuga

The Ford Kuga appeals to motorists who value a well-known and trusted brand. The latest model features a rugged exterior and a restyled interior packed with technology and contemporary features.

Performance comparison

Choose from a range of engines, including the standard 1.5L petrol drivetrain with EcoBoost technology. It takes you from 0-62mph in just 9.7 seconds, making it a top performer in the SUV class.

Economy comparison

Despite its powerful engine, the Kuga manages to achieve fuel economy of 40.9 - 42.8 mpg. Emissions are also impressive and sit at 151 - 156 WLTP.

Get behind the wheel of a CUPRA or comparable model today

Looking to upgrade your set of wheels? At Leasing Options, we’re proud to offer industry-leading deals on the CUPRA Formentor 1.5 TSI 150 V1 5dr, meaning there’s never been a better time to get behind the wheel of the performance-driven family SUV.

Of course, if you’re looking for something a little different, we can also help you secure competitive auto finance for top alternatives like the SEAT Ateca, VW T-Roc, Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and Ford Kuga.

Each model brings its own unique strengths to the table and at the end of the day it all comes down to what you value most in a car – whether it's performance, fuel economy, tech features or price. So, whether you're eyeing the CUPRA Formentor or considering an alternative, get in touch with the Leasing Options team today to discuss deals.

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