New Cupra Born Review
Introduced as Cupra’s first ell-electric car, the new Cupra Born UK is now here. This electric family hatchback with a sporty edge is based largely on the Volkswagen ID.3. With prices starting from £34,715 (OTR), the Cupra Born was made for modern-day EV driving and rivals the Hyundai Kona Electric. Let’s review the main highlights of the new Cupra Born, such as performance, design and safety features.
Initially, this Cupra electric car was revealed in 2019 as the SEAT el-Born. However, it then became a Cupra model when it was later released for production in 2021 as the Cupra Born. Soon after production started in Germany, it became clear this model would be a big success. According to carsalesbase.com, in 2021, 3,415 Cupra Born cars were sold in Europe. Meanwhile, this Cupra electric car has already bagged a multitude of awards, including Best Small Electric Car of the Year 2022 by WhatCar? It’s clear this trendy electric car offers plenty of style and character, but what is the overall driving experience like?
Cupra Born Engines & Performance
One of the first points to mention is that the Born is only available as a pure electric car. With a single electric motor, choose between three battery options - 45kWh, 58kWh and 77kWh. Plus, for added power, the Cupra Born has an e-Boost option available with the 58kWh or 77kWh battery. This enables the Born to achieve a quicker 0-62mph time of 6.6 seconds, making it faster than its VW ID.3 rival.
In terms of range, the Cupra Born UK offers up to 340 miles, if you select the 77kWh battery version. This is noticeably greater than the range for the Hyundai Kona Electric. However, the Born with a smaller 58kWh battery offers a much lower range of around 260 miles. That said, how often do you drive more than 260 miles in a day without stopping? As for charging the Cupra Born, this is easy and quick to do with a large charging network nationwide. In particular, a 120kW DC charger will charge the Cupra Born 58kWh from 5-80% in just 35 minutes. Meanwhile, a home wallbox charger can charge it from 0-100% in just over 6 hours. This is ideal for charging the electric car overnight.
When it comes to the overall driving experience, the Cupra Born UK is reportedly good. It’s claimed to offer precise handling and decent control. However, it isn’t the most comfortable when it comes to riding over potholes and bumps in the road. For this, the Peugeot e-208 is considered a better option, although it’s a smaller alternative electric car. Also, the Cupra Born is quiet for town driving, although at higher speeds on the motorway is can get quite noisy.
Environmentally conscious drivers will particularly like this Cupra electric car as it emits 0g/km while driving. With a Cupra Born lease, this electric car is not only better for the environment, but it would also be cheaper to run than traditional petrol and diesel car. Plus, with Benefit-in-Kind rates from 2%, a Cupra Born lease seems a suitable option for business users. To learn more about the benefits of electric car leasing, contact our electric vehicle specialists on 0161 667 5338.
Cupra Born Interior, Design & Infotainment
Another important area to review is the Born’s design and what this Cupra electric car actually looks like. Size wise, the Cupra Born UK is 4322mm long and 1809mm wide, therefore it’s classed as a compact car. Compared to the VW ID.3, its somewhat lower in height at 1537mm tall. As for the exterior design, we feel this Cupra is sporty looking and oozes style. The rear lights stretch the full width of the car and Ceremony lights activate when you unlock it. Plus, the rear bumper and aerodynamic side skirts of the car give it a sleek feel.
As for the interior, the Cupra Born is a great example of high-quality workmanship. The bucket seats, ambient lighting and the leather sports steering wheel help to make your journey as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Furthermore, the Cupra Born interior features a 12” touchscreen for the infotainment system. There’s also the ability to charge your phone in the central console. To make the Cupra Born your ideal electric car, Cupra has created a range of optional extras, such as Dynamic Parking and a panoramic sunroof (Not available on 77kWh battery versions).
The Cupra Born could be the ideal electric family hatchback as it feels spacious, considering its size. Legroom in both the front and rear of this car is generous, allowing for a comfortable ride. As for storage space, this Cupra electric car has a 385-litre boot space which is around the same size as a VW Golf’s boot. Unlike some electric cars, the Cupra Born doesn’t feature a ‘frunk’ under the bonnet, although most people will find the boot space sufficient.
Furthermore, the Cupra Born UK provides a good level of safety and driver assistance features. This includes adaptive cruise control, rear traffic alert and intelligent park assist, just to mention a few. Currently, we’re still awaiting an official Euro NCAP safety rating for this Cupra. However, since it is largely based on the VW ID.3 which achieved a full five-star rating, it’s likely the Cupra would achieve the same. Similarly, as this is a relatively new model, it can be difficult to accurately judge the Born’s reliability.
Cupra Born Price, Specifications & Warranty
The Cupra Born is available in three trim levels – V1, V2 and V3. The entry-level Born V1 trim starts from £34,715 which is about £1,000 less than the equivalent VW ID.3. Key standard features on the V1 include 18" ‘Cyclone’ alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights and a rear-view camera. Meanwhile, the interior features a 5.3" Digital Cockpit, front sport bucket seats and wireless smartphone integration. We feel this car comes well-equipped for an enjoyable drive. Although, if you upgrade to the Born V2 trim level, pricing starts from £36,635. This features bigger wheels, heated front seats, tinted rear windows and head-up display. We expect this trim level to be the preferred option. But if you’d prefer the top-spec, the Born V3 is priced from £38,390. This Cupra electric car comes with electric front seat adjustment and 20" ‘Hurricane’ machined aerowheels. We feel the Cupra Born price is reasonable for an electric car of this kind.
As the standard Cupra UK New Vehicle Warranty, the Born comes with a three-year/60,000 miles warranty (whichever occurs first) for peace of mind. This is great to have, although other cars offer longer warranties e.g. the Hyundai Kona gets five years cover. Cupra electric cars and plug-in hybrids are also covered by an eight years/ 100,000 miles battery warranty (whichever occurs first). All electric vehicles in the UK have to meet certain standards which cover the safety of their battery and charging cables. This gives EV drivers peace of mind that their vehicle is safe and regular maintenance and servicing helps to ensure it stays in top condition. With a Cupra Born lease, there's the option to add a maintenance contract for an additional fixed monthly fee. Click here to find out more.
As well, when choosing your next car, it’s worth looking at insurance grouping for this Cupra electric car. With insurance grouping ranging from 25 to 28 out of 50, a Cupra Born will offer fair insurance costings. Of course, this depends on the specification and battery option you choose. Compared to the VW ID.3, the Born insurance grouping is higher. Furthermore, the Cupra Born has six colour options to choose from. With this Cupra model, the solid, Vapor grey is the no cost option. Meanwhile the other paint options are available for an addition cost up to £840 inc. VAT. Securing a Cupra Born lease deal through GB Vehicle Leasing is an incredibly cost-effective way to have your ideal car at an affordable rate.
At GB Vehicle Leasing, we think the Cupra Born is a great addition to Cupra’s model line-up as the demand for family electric cars continues to dominate the market. In particular, this electric car combines impressive range and excellent styling. Over the past few years, Cupra has been brought to life and become a recognised brand of its own. Plus, if you’re looking for the ideal company car, then the Cupra Born is definitely worth considering. So, is it your turn to go electric and order your Cupra electric car now? With the current delays in the supply of cars, it’s best to get your order in as soon as possible.
We hope you’ve found this Cupra Born review useful and informative. If you're interested in a Cupra Born lease, click here to view our current deals. Alternatively, contact our electric car leasing specialists at GB Vehicle Leasing on 0161 667 5338 and we'd be happy to answer any questions you have. Also, why not try our fun electric car quiz to see just how much you actually know about EVs.