Sporty Cupra Born hatchback offers a taste of Spain, and like much of the national food, it’s a hot and sizzling experience, says RAY MASSEY
- Cupra is the new sporty car brand, a spin-off of the Spanish brother SEAT
- Fully electric rear-wheel drive Born is Cupra’s first all-electric car
The sharp-looking, sporty Cupra Born hatchback offers a taste of Spain. And, like much of the nation’s food, it’s a hot and sizzling experience.
However, my test drive starts in Braintree, Essex, at the Gridserve electric car charging station with its shops and rest areas.
Cupra is the new sports car brand that is derived from the Spanish brother SEAT – both part of the German Volkswagen – and the Born is built in Zwickau, Germany.
The heat is on: the new all-electric Cupra Born hatchback is snappy and agile
The rear-wheel drive all-electric Born, starting at £34,715, is Cupra’s first all-electric car based on VW’s ID.3.
There are three trim levels — V1, V2 and V3 — and three power classes: an entry-level 45 kWh, a mid-range 58 kWh and a higher-end 77 kWh.
I drove a mid-range Cupra Born 58 kWh V3 variant, priced from £38,390. Thanks to the 204 hp electric motor, I was able to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h on 20-inch wheels in 7.3 seconds. The top speed is 99 km/h.
It has a claimed range of 264 miles. Charging time on a household wall charger is 6 hours and 15 minutes. On DC fast chargers at Gridserve it is 35 minutes.
The Born with 77 kWh and 230 hp accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds and has a range of 261 miles to 340 miles. It will be available here in the summer.
The Born’s styling is sporty and comfortable inside and out, with Cupra’s tasteful signature copper highlights. It is easy to drive, agile and manoeuvrable. Drive settings are ‘range’, ‘comfort’, ‘performance’ and ‘individual’. A ‘Cupra’ mode is available on the more powerful ‘e-boost’ variants.
It has sporty granite-grey 12-way electrically adjustable front bucket seats, lumbar support and a massage function.
Will it fit in my garage? New Cupra Born
Cupra born: 58 kWh V3 204 hp
For sale: now.
This variant price from: £38,390
Price as driven: £38,955
Reach price from: £34,715
Width (incl mirrors): 1809 mm
Equipment level: V3
Engine: Electrical motor
Max power: 204 hp
Transfer: Single-speed automatic
Battery: 58 kW lithium ion
0-62mph: 7.3 seconds
Top speed: 99mph
Co2 emissions: Zero
Range: 264 miles
wheels: 20 inch
Charging time: AC 11kW: 6 hours 15 minutes (up to 100 percent) DC 135kW 35 minutes (up to 80 percent)
Insurance group: 25P
Extras on this car: Nevada White Paint (£565)
12 inch navigation system
5.3 inch digital cockpit screen
Granite gray Dinamica chairs
12-way electrically adjustable, heated front sports bucket seats
Pneumatically adjustable lumbar support
The augmented reality display helps keep your eyes on the road. There is a 12-inch navigation and infotainment screen and a 5.3-inch digital cockpit screen. The luggage compartment is 385 litres, although the rear seats can be folded down for more.
One minus is a carryover from the VW ID.3: clunky ‘slider’ controls for air conditioning and other functions. Simple buttons or touchscreen function, please.
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