Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The Cupra Born’s line-up mirrors that of the Volkswagen ID.3, offering a choice of three batteries – 45kWh, 58kWh and 77kWh – powering a single electric motor that drives the rear wheels. The official range starts at 211 miles, going up to a very impressive 335 miles with the largest battery.
So far we’ve only driven the mid-level 58kWh car, and while it might not be in the same league as the Tesla Model 3 for straight-line pace, with 201bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.3sec (6.6sec with e-Boost), the Born still feels nippy all the way up to motorway speeds. The official range of this version is 263 miles. We saw a figure of 190 miles during testing on a bitterly cold winter’s day with no preheating, but in more moderate expect that figure to jump closer to the 226 miles we achieved in a similar-spec ID.3 during our Real Range test.
Don't expect it to be quite as comfortable as the conventionally-powered Seat Leon though – with its relatively sporty gait and heavy battery the ride can get a little choppy over potholes and you might even notice the odd bit of fidgeting on the motorway. If comfort is your number one priority, check out the Honda E and Peugeot e-208.
The Born offers tidy and precise handling. It might not necessarily thrill you on every journey, but it’s an absolute breeze to steer through town and easy to thread smoothly down a B-road.