Peugeot 408 vs Cupra Formentor: Crossover coupes compared

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Author: | Updated: 08 Jan 2024 15:21

In today's fast-evolving automotive landscape, the choice of models available to lease are endless. A segment that continues to grow in popularity are SUVs and, more recently, its slightly swoopier sibling – the “SUV coupe”. But which is best in 2024?

If you’re after an SUV with that coupe fair, both the Cupra Formentor and Peugeot 408 are go-to choices for lease customers at the moment. But which is the best? Is there an obvious winner? Both vehicles bring unique qualities to the table.

Let's delve into a comprehensive comparison to help you decide which one suits your preferences in 2024.

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Styling and size

Starting with the Peugeot 408, this sleek fastback SUV showcases what Peugeot’s styling department is capable of. The exterior is stunning, boasting a harmonious blend of sharp lined sophistication that gives it a sporting air.

Angular headlights, an ornate grille, and an elegant sloping rear contribute to its aesthetic appeal. It’s available in a host of cool colours too. We think Velvet Blue and Ember Red are among the best options.

On the other hand, the Cupra Formentor takes a different approach. It’s still a great looking vehicle, but this is a true SUV. That means the rear end is more angled in the traditional form. But it still exudes a distinct presence on the road.

The Formentor's design draws inspiration from the world of high-performance sports cars, providing a unique blend of athleticism and practicality.

It may not be as attention-grabbing as the Peugeot 408, but its understated elegance appeals to those who favour a more subdued look.

The Cupra also offers a wide range of colors and features glossy black and metal-effect trim (depending on trim level). It boasts a slightly larger footprint than the Peugeot 408, giving it true road presence.

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Interior and Tech

Inside the Peugeot 408, you'll find a well-crafted interior that competes with the best in its class. The use of soft-touch plastics and attention to detail elevate the overall feel of quality. The driver is greeted with a modern digital driver display, and all models come equipped with a user-friendly 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen.

The system is responsive, compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and enhances the overall driving experience. However, some areas, like the steering wheel and certain physical buttons, fall short of the premium materials found elsewhere in the cabin.

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Conversely, the Cupra Formentor focuses on creating a "wow" factor in its cabin design. That said, it’s a more subdued affair than the Peugeot. It’s clear that lots of parts come from the brand’s parent company, Volkswagen. That’s great in terms of quality, but it doesn’t feel quite as special as its French rival.

Depending on the model you choose, you do get bronze trim pieces which help the interior stand out. But whichever trim level you go for, you’ll get a large and beautifully responsive 12in touchscreen infotainment system. It is, as you’d expect, compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play.

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Practicality-wise, neither of these cars will boast class-leading boot space due to their curvaceous rear ends. The Formentor offers 450 litres of space (shrinking by 30 litres if you opt for an all-wheel drive model), while the Peugeot offers a more acceptable 536 litres. However, this will shrink to 471 litres if you opt for the PHEV.

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Driving and engines

When it comes to driving dynamics, the Peugeot 408 and Cupra Formentor cater to different preferences. The Peugeot 408 is a car that, while offering an engaging and enjoyable experience, focuses more on comfort.

Acceleration and performance is iimpressive across all models, and its lower body ensures responsive handling without sacrificing ride comfort.

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On the other hand, the Cupra Formentor offers exhilarating acceleration – especially if you opt for one of the more potent models. It’s still a comfortable cruiser, but if you enjoy driving it feels tighter and more planted when things get twisty.

Further proof that the Cupra is the sportier of the pair can be seen in its drivetrain. The range opens with a 1.5-litre petrol producing 150hp, while a 1.4-litre hybrid option ups this to 204hp or 245hp, depending on the model you pick.

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Available on V2 and VZ1 trims, these are our go-to engine options here. There is of course, the ultra-quick 2.0-litre turbo all-wheel drive model that produces 310hp and gets from rest to 62mph in under five seconds – but for most people the smaller 1.4-litre plug-in hybrid will do the job just fine.

The two plug-in Cupra models can achieve up to 36 miles on electric power alone, which nicely matches the 408’s official 35-mile official electric range. They’re very evenly matched on the economy front, but the Cupra still offers more choice and punchier powertrains.

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Which is Best to Lease?

Both these cars make excellent leases, and provide fantastic value for money on personal contract hire. There’s a reason the Formentor has been topping the leasing charts over the last few months – it’s hard to beat for value for money. But there’s also some exceptional Peugeot 408 deals currently available, with both the Cupra and Peugeot costing from less than £250 per month.

Peugeot 408 impresses with its blend of stylish design, sumptuous cabin and impressive engines. While it may have some minor interior trim concerns, its overall value is compelling. Entry-level models are currently available for less than £200 per month It’s also the more practical of the pair space-wise, although that sloping rear end does somewhat limit the usability of the boot.

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On the other hand, the Cupra Formentor caters to the keen driver. It also offers slightly more range than the Peugeot 408 if you plump for a hybrid, and its advanced battery system enhances efficiency in various conditions. While it may not match the Peugeot 408's looks, its unique features and aesthetics still make it feel special.

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Whichever model you prefer, it’s worth keeping in mind that leasing is often the most affordable way to finance a new one. To make an informed decision, compare the leasing deals for both models and explore options from trusted brokers, dealers, and finance companies across the UK by hitting the buttons below.

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