In the test: Cupra Born

Cupra, the sporty sub-brand, is now more successful in Germany than Seat itself. The range also includes a Stromer: The purely electric Born operates as the brother of the VW ID.3, but is intended to contrast its more conservative attitude with a more dynamic character. In the driving report: The Basis-Born with 150 kW/204 hp and 58 kWh battery.

How he looks: Seat has left the responsibility for purely electric driving to its successful sub-brand Cupra, the one with the sporty claim. Like the ID models from VW (ID.3, ID.4 or ID.5), the Skoda Enyaq IV and the Audi Q4 e-tron, the Cupra Born is a derivative of the modular electric toolkit (MEB). The technical framework is clearly defined, it is primarily the look that sets it apart from the group siblings. The Born has successfully tried to achieve a differentiating pinch of coolness, specifically with a slight lowering, beading and edges pressed sharply into the sheet metal, side skirts and, at the rear, an immodest roof spoiler and a diffuser that exudes a certain aggressiveness as well as the grim facial features. And of course there are details in Cupra’s signature color copper everywhere, from the brand logo to the Cupra lettering on the rear.

Incidentally, the Born is not built in Spain, but in Zwickau, Saxony.

How it is set up: The basic layout is again similar to that of the rest of the MEB family. The driver’s display, which is small by today’s standards and, as far as the displays are concerned, is not very variable, is well known, as are the rotating satellites for the speed levels and the uncompromising full digitization in general, which even natives in the field are not always enthusiastic about. All too many functions first have to be tracked down in the infotainment submenus, for example the seat and steering wheel heating, and many disgruntled words have already been said about the unlit slider for temperature and volume control with the ID.3. The somewhat fiddly handling of the small touch surfaces on the steering wheel, which also do not always respond reliably, also works rather suboptimal.

Interior: Copper-colored elements can also be found here.
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Other things give reason to treat the Born well-disposed: The head-up display with augmented reality display, for example (1010 euros extra), the very good – and factory-installed – sports bucket seats or the fact that the high hard plastic Part of the interior has been given a higher-quality coat of paint than in the ID.3.

The smartphone charges inductively and connects wirelessly via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, otherwise there are only USB-C sockets, so an adapter may be necessary.

Incidentally, one searches the options list in vain for leather seats, the Born remains – except for the steering wheel – animal skin-free terrain. The seat covers are woven from Seaqual, a recycled yarn made from sea plastic. As part of the Dinamica pack, the Alcantara-like microfiber of the same name is used, which is also a recycled material. Of course, that alone does not justify the high package price of 1745 euros, it also results from functions such as electric seat adjustment, seat massage and seat heating.

How much space he has: The space is perhaps not opulent, but quite generous. However, tall backbenchers have to be prepared to travel with their knees slightly bent, the space required by the battery “raises” the floor.

The trunk has a loading volume of a very respectable 385 liters. The Born does not offer an additional storage compartment under the front hood (frunk), but at least a double luggage compartment floor, which is of particular interest in electric cars because of the stowage option for the charging cable. An electrically operated tailgate is not included in the options list, nor is a trailer hitch. So you don’t even have to come to Born with a hitch rack for bicycles.

Cupra Born

Member of the MEB Club: Like the VW ID.3 or the Skoda Enyaq iV, the Born is based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electrical kit.
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What drives him: A 150 kW/204 hp electric motor installed in the rear. A lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 58 kWh supplies the driving current. In drive terms, this is the smallest solution. Alternatively, the Born is also available with 170 kW/231 hp, the performance plus shoots a short-term – 30 seconds – extra boost. This e-Boost variant can then also be combined with a larger 77 kWh battery. All-wheel drive is not intended for the Born.

How it drives: Perhaps not as dynamic as the look, which inspires expectations, would suggest. And yet the performance offered is always sufficient. Thanks to the seat occupancy detection, the Born is automatically ready to drive, it pushes forward quickly and with great acceleration, it easily wins the sprint duel against most representatives of the old world of combustion engines, thanks to the low center of gravity, the balanced 50:50 weight distribution and the direct working With progressive steering, the Spaniard takes a very sporty approach and confidently follows his line. The comfort is also convincing, only malicious transverse joints drive a little roughly into the small of the back.

Various driving programs – Range, Comfort, Performance and Individual – allow the driving behavior to be adapted to the preferences of the driver, but not too big differences are noticeable. There is also a B mode for increased recuperation, but this is not enough for one-pedal driving, in which the vehicle – for example when rolling towards a traffic light – comes to a standstill without using the brake pedal.

Cupra Born

Identity: Only the Cupra lettering is on the rear – the name “Born” does not appear.
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How far he gets: The WLTP standard promises 418 kilometres. You shouldn’t rely on that. In reality, the charging station is about 320 kilometers away. In freezing temperatures, the trip to the charging station is often necessary after 250 kilometers, even in the consumption-reducing “Range” mode.

Unfortunately, the sat nav is not a great help when planning the charging, and the suggested charging stops do not always make sense, for example by directing you straight to the fast charger. When looking for a charging station, it is not possible to filter by provider or charging capacity, and Born does not know how the charging station is occupied.

What he consumes: On average 21.3 kWh/100 km. That’s not overly economical.

How it loads: At the three-phase alternating current wall box and with up to 11 kW, one “full tank” takes six and a quarter hours. The Born gets up to 120 kW from the DC fast charging station, ideally the battery is charged from 5 to 80 percent in 35 minutes. In practice, however, only just under 100 kW charging capacity is achieved.

The Born will soon be upgraded to Plug & Charge, the vehicle will then automatically identify itself at the charging station, charging card, app or QR code will no longer be needed.

Cupra Born

Costs 1010 euros extra: head-up display with augmented reality display.
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What it offers: A lot – including 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, ambient lighting, height-adjustable sports bucket seats, wireless smartphone connection, infotainment with 12-inch touchscreen, lane departure warning system and full LED headlights. There is no matrix light. The useful heat pump costs 1010 euros extra.

What it costs: From 37,220 euros. After deducting the environmental bonus, 27,650 euros remain. The comparable basic ID.3 comes to 38,060 euros.

What we mean: The Cupra Born is the eye-catcher among the MEB models. As plus points, it has the conveyed degree of driving fun, the good amount of space and the – compared to the brother ID.3 – higher quality ambience. The overly radical digitization, the still expandable loading planning via navigation system and the absence of details such as a trailer hitch and matrix headlights give cause for criticism.

Ulla Ellmer

The dates of the Cupra Born

drive Electric, automatic entry, rear-wheel drive

perfomance 150 kW/204 hp

Max. Torque 310 Nm

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battery type lithium ion

capacity 62 kWh gross, 58 kWh net

charging port Type 2, 3-phase, up to 11 kW and CCS up to 120 kW

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top speed 160 km/h (limited)

acceleration 0 to 100km/h 7.3 seconds

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Range WLTP 418 km

Standard consumption WLTP 18.0-15.5kWh/100km

test consumption 21.3kWh/100km

CO2 emission 0 g/km

energy efficiency class A+++

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length 4.32 m

Broad 1.81 m without, 2.07 m with exterior mirrors

Height 1.54 m

trunk 385L

curb weight 1811kg

maximum weight allowed 2260kg

towing capacity

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Insurance Type Classes 16 (HP), 20 (TK), 18 (VC)

Price From 37,220 euros

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