New Cupra Born vs Volkswagen ID 3: practicality

The new Cupra Born has a lot going for it, being closely related to the five-star Volkswagen ID 3. But which is the better electric car?...

New Cupra Born rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

There won’t be any complaints about leg or head room in either car, with both being spacious enough even for tall occupants in the rear as well as the front seats. However, the Volkswagen ID 3’s rear seat base is better sculpted and feels more supportive, while the added bonus of a centre armrest means it’s more comfortable over long distances.

The high-backed front sports seats in the Cupra Born also mean those sitting in the rear have a slightly more obscured view ahead, so it can feel a little claustrophobic. Both cars have USB-C ports front and rear to keep electronic devices going.

Volkswagen ID.3 rear seats

With a raised console between the seats, the Born has the edge when it comes to storage space, benefiting from a deep bin with a large, padded lid that doubles as an armrest. The ID 3 has height-adjustable, seat-mounted armrests for the driver and front passenger and low-set cubbies between the seats; these aren’t as capacious as the Born’s but still very useful.

Boot space is generous in both cars; you’ll fit more luggage into them than you would in a Hyundai Kona Electric or Vauxhall Mokka-e. Their load areas are practical in shape, although there are subtle differences in their floors (under which there’s space for charging cables) that allow the Born to hold one more carry-on suitcase than the ID 3 (six versus five).

Boot space

Cupra Born

New Cupra Born boot space

Boot 385 litres suitcases 6

Volkswagen ID 3

Volkswagen ID.3 boot space

Boot 385-1267 litres suitcases 5

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