Cupra Born Review 2024
Cupra Born At A Glance
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The Cupra Born is the second bespoke model from the standalone brand following its separation from parent company SEAT. It’s also the first electric car to feature Cupra branding, with more EVs to come in the following years. But as our Cupra Born review will explain, you might vaguely recognise it from somewhere else.
And like the VW, it’s battling for attention against some of the best electric cars on the market.
The Born and ID.3 share broadly similar dimensions, with a wheel-at-each-corner stance, short bonnet, similar glasshouse and bluff rear end. But whereas VW has gone with a curvy, unthreatening styling approach, the Born – named after a neighbourhood in Barcelona – looks decidedly more aggressive and edgy.
That’s because the Cupra brand is being pitched as more sporty and youth-focused. To that end, the Born also sits lower to the ground with a more handling-focused tune, and has bigger wheels and tyres.
Inside, you can again see a similar basic architecture to the ID.3, but with a slightly classier feel thanks to upmarket materials and copper detailing. In terms of the overall technology and practicality, though, the Born is just as modern and spacious as its sibling.
There’s familiarity with the electric motor and battery choices, too. The initial launch versions of the Born were available with either 204PS or 230PS (the latter badged e-Boost) power output, with power from both going through the rear wheels only.
The 204PS model comes equipped with a 58kWh battery pack, enough for a very competitive maximum claimed range of 265 miles. The 230PS car is also available with this battery.
If that isn’t enough, though, it is also offered with a bigger 77kWk battery, which promises up to 343 miles. That’s sufficient to give the pricier Tesla Model 3 a run for its money.
There’s also the Mazda MX-30 to consider, although its range is less than half that of even the cheapest Born.
We reckon the Cupra Born is an excellent affordable electric car, and in some ways it’s better than the Volkswagen on which it’s based. Read on to find out why.
Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Cupra Born review.