Cupra is a brand that is really finding its feet in the new car market, with the firm expanding its line-up at quite the rate.
Initially, there was the Leon hatchback and estate, as well as the Ateca SUV, but more recently there’s been the arrival of the Formentor as a sportier coupe-like SUV, which has proven particularly popular, and now the Spanish performance brand is breaking into the world of EVs with the Born.
Based on the same platform as the Volkswagen ID.3, the Born offers smart styling, a modern tech-laden interior and a sporty driving experience as well. Here’s what you need to know before buying one…
What powertrains are available?
At the Born’s launch, there are three different powertrains on offer. Two stem around a smaller 58kWh battery, with power outputs of 201bhp or 227bhp on offer – the latter being known as ‘e-Boost’ models. The less powerful version is able to accelerate from 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds, or 6.4 seconds if the e-Boost is chosen. The range for both of these is similar, with Cupra claiming 260 miles between charges.
If you want to travel further than that, you should choose the larger 77kWh battery, which Cupra claims can travel up to an impressive 340 miles from a charge – the longest of any car in this class. It uses the same 227bhp e-Boost motor, with 0-60mph taking slightly longer at 6.8 seconds because of the battery’s additional weight.
In terms of charging, All Borns are able to rapid charge at up to 135kW (120kW on the 58kWh battery), allowing it to be charged from five to 80 per cent in around 35 minutes.
What trim levels are offered?
Cupra offers three trim levels on the Born – V1, V2 and V3, with equipment highlights and pricing as follows.
V1 – from £34,715
Standard equipment on the Born includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a small 5.3-inch digital dial display and a 12-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and advanced connected services. You also get a reversing camera, front sports seats made in Seaqual (a material made from recycled plastics), adaptive cruise control, lane assist and traffic sign recognition.
V2 – from £36,635
Upgrade to the V2 and it gains 19-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and an augmented reality head-up display.
V3 – from £38,390
At the top of the range is the V3, which adds funky 20-inch alloy wheels, along with smart grey dinamica seats with massaging function.
What about personalisation?
With three different trim levels offered, each model offers a slightly different look, though you can personalise the Born further. There are six colour choices, including bright shades like Aurora Blue and Rayleigh Red.
You can also opt for revised alloy wheels, while for £185 the bucket seats can come in blue. Other options available include a Beats sound system for £450, as well as a panoramic sunroof for £925.