Cupra Formentor, Leon arriving with five-star ANCAP rating

Cupra is off to a good start in Australia, with two of the three cars bound for our shores in 2022 given a five-star ANCAP rating.

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Euro NCAP’s five-star rating for the Cupra Formentor and Leon will be carried over to Australia.

ANCAP has confirmed the two models will be backed by a five-star rating under local protocols when they touch down in the middle of 2021.

The Formentor SUV scored 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 88 per cent for child occupant protection, 68 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 80 per cent for safety assist.

The Leon hatchback scored 91 per cent, 88 per cent, 71 per cent, and 80 per cent for the same categories respectively.

The Spanish performance brand is on track to touch down in Australia during the middle of 2022 with three models, two of which will be offered with plug-in hybrid power.

The latest Volkswagen Group plug-in hybrid range has previously been off the table for Australia, so Cupra bringing two options Down Under is a big deal.

Having launched as a standalone brand (rather than a performance trim on Seat cars) in 2018, Cupra sold more than 27,000 cars in 2020.

The Formentor is the brand’s biggest car overseas, accounting for around two thirds of all sales.

Pricing for the range will start just above $40,000 and is expected to top out just above $60,000 in Australia.

The Leon is Cupra’s answer to the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R, offered with three pure petrol and one plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The Formentor is the first standalone Cupra model, a mid-sized SUV that sits alongside the Volkswagen Tiguan dimensionally.

If the Leon is the Spanish take on the Golf, the Ateca is a Skoda Karoq with more than a dash of Latin flair. It hasn’t yet been stamped by ANCAP.

MORE: Cupra reveals Australian model range

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