Cupra Born long-term test: report 3

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?...

Cupra Born 2022 interior cornering

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 1624 List price £38,390 Target Price £38,390 Price as tested £38,390 Official range 250 miles Test range 232 miles

16 July 2022 – Spot check

I promised in my first Cupra Born report to update you on whether a blind-spot I’d noticed to my front left – caused by the car’s thick front pillars – would prove to be a problem in the long term. Well, the simple answer is: no.

Cupra Born 2022 side window

I’ve driven the Born hundreds of miles now, and only find myself having to lean forwards to get a better view in situations where I should be slowing down to take extra care anyway. It’s something to check on a test drive if you’re tall and less mobile than average, but for me, it’s not a problem.

Coincidentally, the Euro NCAP safety results for the Cupra Born have just been released, and it gained five stars. The inspectors’ report shows that for a car that’s small by today’s SUV-dominated standards, it provides good protection – although that’s one aspect of the car I don’t plan to test myself.

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