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Total cash price £16,999. Borrowing £13,599 with a £3,400 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
£240.09
Fixed interest rate
12.9%
Total amount payable
£22,334.21
Cost of credit
£5,335.21
Optional final payment
£7,410.00
Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

Cupra Born buying guide

What Cupra Born trim levels are there?

Cupra’s trim level lineup is wonderfully easy to work out, with V1, V2 and V3 models available. V1 is the entry-level option, but still includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lights all-round, sports suspension, a reversing camera, lane assist and adaptive cruise control. You also get a 12-inch touchscreen with sat nav, online features and smartphone connectivity.

If that’s not quite enough, V2 adds tinted rear windows, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and windscreen washers, a head-up display and bigger wheels. Top-spec V3 swaps the 19-inch wheels of the V2 for 20s, and gets grey leather seats with massaging and powered adjustment.

Cupra Born interior and technology

There are a few clues that the Cupra Born was developed from the VW ID.3 – like the 5.3-inch digital info display, the twisting gear selector and the window switches – but quite a bit is different, too. You’ll immediately spot the copper highlights, with a U-shaped copper-coloured ring around a large central storage cubby. The centre console feels more conventional than the ID.3’s, which has a large space between the front seats.

Cupra buyers get a larger touchscreen featuring a brand-specific infotainment system. It’s quite like the ID.3’s screen, especially with the climate sliders underneath, but is a little easier to use on the move. Overall, with its tech boost and classy materials, the Cupra Born feels a little more premium inside than the ID.3.

Cupra Born boot space and dimensions

At a little over 4.3 metres long, the Cupra Born takes up about the same amount of space on the road as a Ford Focus. But the Born’s electric-only platform means the wheels can be pushed right out to the corners, increasing passenger space and helping the Born feel like a much larger car inside. Passengers are clearly the priority, however, because boot space stands at 385 litres, which is about the same as a Focus or a VW Golf. Versions with the 58kWh battery have five seats, while cars with the larger 77kWh battery only come with four seats.

Cupra Born range explained

(Most popular) Cupra Born 58kWh 204

Shared with the VW ID.3, this version sees a 150kW (204hp) electric motor mounted on the rear axle, giving rear-wheel drive. With all that power available instantly, the Born can accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds, which feels nippy. The 58kWh battery is capable of up to 265 miles of range, and it can be recharged to 80% in 35 minutes from a 120kW public charger.

Cupra Born e-Boost 58kWh 230

An upgraded motor gives this e-Boost version a bit more power and a slightly faster 0-62mph time, and it’s unique to the Cupra – you can’t get this on VW or Audi EVs with the same platform. The battery remains the same and it only knocks three miles off the range of the non e-Boost – most likely because the e-Boost is only available on V2 and V3 cars that have bigger wheels than the V1.

Cupra Born e-Boost 77kWh 230

Pairing the more powerful e-Boost motor with the VW Group’s larger 77kWh battery, this version offers a maximum range of 343 miles – enough to be competitive with the Tesla Model 3. As it’s a bigger battery, it’ll take longer to charge at home than a 58kWh car, but it’ll actually take slightly less time when you’re out and about. That’s because the 77kWh battery can accept charging at up to 170kW – at that speed, the battery will be topped up from 5-80% in half an hour.

FAQs

The Cupra Born is a five-door hatchback with sporty styling and either four or five seats. All are fully electric. Three trim levels and three powertrains are available, with the two most powerful motor options limited to the top two trim levels.

The Cupra Born is a good car – it has enough range to get rid of range anxiety, a plush cabin with a real feeling of spaciousness and quick acceleration. The handling is decent, too, and Cupra’s claim that the Born is an electric hot hatch largely feels justified. Add in sporty looks that buyers are keen on and family-size practicality, and the Born is a compelling choice.

Yes, every Born is rear-wheel drive courtesy of its electric motor being mounted on the rear axle – although a powerful range-topper with two motors and four-wheel drive is thought to be in the works.

The Cupra Born should be much cheaper to maintain than Cupra’s petrol and plug-in hybrid cars. According to the brand’s website, a service plan for a Born that’s less than a year old costs around half of the cost of a service plan for a petrol Cupra Leon

Cars with the 58kWh battery take 35 minutes to get from 5-80% charge at a suitably powerful public charger, while the bigger 77kWh battery actually takes less time to charge – 30 minutes – because it can accept a higher rate of power. Using a 7.4kWh home charger, the 58kWh battery takes just over nine hours for a full charge and it’s just over 12 hours for the 77kWh battery.