Cupra Born review

Category: Small Electric

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Cupra Born 2021 rear cornering
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  • Cupra Born 2021 interior rear seats
  • Cupra Born 2021 interior infotainment
  • Cupra Born 2021 front cornering
  • Cupra Born 2021 right tracking
  • Cupra Born 2021 rear left tracking
  • Cupra Born 2021 rear light detail
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  • Cupra Born 2021 interior front seats
  • Cupra Born 2021 interior steering wheel detail
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

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.

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Reliability

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. 

Overview

The Cupra Born takes all the good bits from the class-leading Volkswagen ID.3 and adds a slightly more polished interior and an upgraded infotainment system. If you go for a mid-range V2 58kWh version it’s actually very well priced against an ID.3. The Born should certainly be on your small car shortlist.

  • Good electric range
  • Sprightly performance
  • Decent to drive
  • Charging network weaker than Tesla’s
  • Touch-sensitive buttons are awkward to use
  • Slightly firmer ride than ID.3
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