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2022 Cupra Formentor VZ Sounds Like an ICE-Powered Fridge, Still Goes Like Stink

SEAT’s performance division Cupra has some exciting blue-collar models in its portfolio, and the Formentor is one of them. A sporty crossover underpinned by the VW Group’s MQB Evo platform, it is basically a new-gen Leon with a fancier body and jacked-up ground clearance.
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You cannot have it as a SEAT, because the Formentor is a Cupra-affair only, and despite being marketed as a sporty high-rider, for the most part, it can be had with several small powertrains. A 1.5-liter gasoline is part of the package, together with a 2.0-liter TSI, and even a 2.0-liter TDI diesel aimed at those who do a lot of driving.

The engine family doesn’t end here, because it also comprises a small plug-in hybrid and even a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder mill in the VZ5. The latter comes straight from Audi Sport’s stable, and it’s the same one powering the RS3, RS Q3, and RS Q3 Sportback. It is actually 10 hp (10 ps / 7 kW) less powerful than its more premium siblings, as it generates 385 hp (390 ps / 287 kW) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque. The 0 to 62 mph (0-100 kph) acceleration takes 4.2 seconds, and it tops out at 155 mph (250 kph).

Now, you might think that this is the version subjected to a top speed test on video down below, but it isn’t. In fact, you’re looking at the Formentor VZ, which packs a 2.0-liter four-banger, rated at 306 hp (310 ps / 228 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Working in concert with a seven-speed DSG and 4Drive all-wheel drive, it enables a 0 to 62 mph (0-100 kph) in 4.9 seconds, and a V-max identical to its punchier sibling.

It may not be the best-sounding four-pot out there, hence the reference in the title, yet it is quite refined, and more than capable of giving drivers a small adrenaline rush. But you don’t have to take our word for granted, as the video embedded down below, shot on the Autobahn, in Germany, stands proof.

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