Cupra Born long-term test: report 11

When we first tested the Cupra Born we were so impressed that we named it Small Electric Car of the Year. But does it continue to impress when you live with it every day?...

James Tute connecting up an iPhone in a Cupra Born electric car

The car Cupra Born 58kWh V3 150kW Run by James Tute, senior sub-editor

Why we’re running it To see if our Small Electric Car of the Year still makes sense as commuter and leisure transport if you don't have access to a home charger 

Needs to Deliver on the promise of a fun driving experience, low running costs and good practicality, while having enough range for weekend getaways

Mileage 6208 List price £38,390 Target Price £38,390 Price as tested £38,390 Official range 250 miles Test range 215 miles

9 January 2023 – Wireless is more 

There was talk a while back about humans evolving because of mobile phone use (gaining claw-like thumbs, second eyelids etc).

We’ll have to wait a few thousand years for that, but I can tell you today that my pre-journey routine has evolved since I started driving my Cupra Born. Weirdly, connecting my Apple iPhone to the car’s infotainment system has become as instinctive as putting on my seatbelt.

That’s partly because I like the navigation app Waze more than the Born’s built-in sat-nav, but it’s also because of the clever set-up between the front seats.

Cupra Born central storage detail

The comfy centre armrest flips up to reveal an angled phone holder that’s also a wireless phone-charging pad. Behind that is a deep storage well with two USB-C sockets in its wall, plus space for a raincoat or some sandwiches.

Now I just need to make remembering my phone when I get out part of my routine too.

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