The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The Cupra Born gets a digital pod behind the steering wheel with a small but clear 5.3in display that shows the speed, range and sat-nav instructions, and a rotary-style gear selector on the side, just like in the BMW i3. The position of the driver’s seat in relation to the steering wheel and pedals is very good, leaving you sitting relaxed. Height and reach adjustment for the wheel is standard, as are comfortable, well-bolstered sports seats covered with grippy materials.
The main negative is that you're lumped with lots of touch-sensitive controls. The steering wheel buttons, for example, aren’t physical buttons but touch-sensitive panels, which manage to be both frustratingly easy to accidentally trigger, and infuriatingly difficult to operate when you actually want to.
The rear pillars are thick and the rear screen a little shallow, making the standard front and rear parking sensors, as well as a reversing camera, welcome additions when trying to park. A 360-degree camera is an option as part of the Pilot pack.
Bright LED headlights are standard, and while they do come with an auto dipping feature, you can’t get fancier matrix lights as per fancier versions of ID.3.
Sat nav and infotainment
All Borns come with a 12.0in touchscreen infotainment system (the Volkswagen ID.3 gets a 10.0in one) with sat-nav and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring, so you can use your phone apps on the screen.