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Car of the Year Awards 2024: Best small electric car to drive

This class embraces nimble city cars and family hatchbacks, as long as they are no more than 4.5 metres long...

Best small electric car to drive

Cupra Born 58kWh V1

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Just as there are some absolutely delicious low-fat recipes out there, the Cupra Born rails against the idea that small electric cars have to be boring. Compared with the closely related Volkswagen ID 3, the Born sits slightly lower and its steering is set up differently, the result being a more engaging driving experience.

Cupra Born interior

While the rival MG 4 is relatively agile on a country road, the Born adds an extra dimension of cornering eagerness. It’s slightly quicker, too.

Being a bit bigger than the MG 4, the Born has even more interior space. It also has more supportive seats, and the presence of a head restraint for the middle rear passenger is a win for comfort and safety over the MG.

The fact that the Born costs around £10,000 more than our favourite MG 4 prevents it from winning this category. If driver appeal trumps affordability, though, that extra outlay will be worthwhile.

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