Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The entry-level V1 Cupra Born is pricier than the equivalent spec Volkswagen ID.3 but the mid-range V2 undercuts a Family ID.3 (when the VW is equipped with the equivalent 201bhp Pro Performance motor) and long range Kia e-Niro. As we mentioned earlier in the Performance section, a less powerful 45kWh version is expected to be released this year (and will likely compete with the likes of the Mazda MX-30, MG 5 and Renault Zoe ) alongside a longer range 77kWh model which should edge the Born closer to the entry-level Tesla Model 3.
As with any electric car, the Born will save you a heap of cash over a petrol or diesel, not just in fuel costs but also in company car tax.
For those, you’ll need a V2. This also gets you bigger 19in wheels, privacy glass and a head up display to project your speed onto the windscreen.
Top-spec V3 has the biggest 20in wheels and electric front seat adjustment with a built-in massage function.
Seat’s reliability record (despite Cupra officially being a separate brand, many components are shared) is fair to middling. In the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey it finished in 17th position (out of 30), just ahead of Volkswagen but behind Hyundai, Kia, and Skoda.