The Newest EV on the Hot Seat: The Cupra Born

The unique history of the Cupra Born links make its debut worth examining in detail.
Written by Lisa Steuer McArdle
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Apr 11, 2022
Every electric vehiclecoming onto the market gets thoroughly reviewed these days. Everything from
Tesla's brakes
to SUV EVs must be examined from every angle.
The latest recipient of this scrutiny is the Cupra Born. Its
unique history and interesting industry links
make its debut worth examining in detail.

Cupra el Born of Volkswagen

According to
“Top Gear,"
Seat is a subsidiary of Volkswagen. In March 2019, Seat presented a concept car called the Seat el Born. 
The name Born, which came from a trendy neighborhood in Barcelona, stuck, but the subsidiary didn't. The VW Group gave the project to a new Spanish subsidiary called Cupra so they could price it higher than another of their EVs, the ID.3.  
The ID.3 was built on a tight profit margin because it comes from a legacy manufacturer, and the result is a cheap EV. The change of brand lets Cupra avoid budget constraints, according to “Top Gear.” 
The car they launched in Europe this year is Cupra's first commercially-available car, and they have stuck close to the concept it is based on. They refined the Born's look to seem sporty by giving it a fatter diffuser, longer rear spoiler, and 18- to 20-inch wheel options.
They jazzed up the face with copper detailing, pointy snout, and angular headlights too. Beyond that, the basic car has not changed much.

Driving the Cupra Born 

The Cupra Born looks suspiciously like VW's ID.3. It is a hatchback with the same glass design and basic shape. 
However, there are differences such as wider tires and lower suspension on both the front and rear axle. It also has an e-Boost performance pack option that can temporarily increase the power of the engine to 228 brake horsepower.
There are four trims of the Cupra Born. The economy version has a 45 kWh battery and a 148 brake horsepower motor. 
Their mid-tier car, the Born V2, has a 58 kWh battery and 201 brake horsepower motor. There is also a top-tier car with a 77 kWh battery and a midsize car with a 58 kWh battery. 
The most powerful battery comes with 170kW rapid charging, and they all charge quickly with DC. They take about 30 minutes to get from 5% ready to 80%.
Charging from an AC wallbox takes longer. That can take seven to 12 hours, depending on how big the battery is. Fortunately, Cupra provides an app for finding public charging.
All these cars have 229 lb-ft of torque and come with automatic transmissions. They are controlled through a 12-inch touchscreen, along with everything else in the car.
Possibly the best part of driving this hatchback is the roomy interior and plush seating. The trunk can hold 385 liters, and bucket seats are standard.
The standard seats are made from marine plastics, and the upgraded heated/massaging seats are covered in a suede-like fabric made of plastic bottles and old t-shirts. It's a shockingly comfortable material.

Was it worth the wait?

The Cupra Born lacks the power of some other EVs, but it is a comfortable ride. The interior is eco-friendly and even its bottom-tier car has a decent range of 211 miles.
It is also efficient. It gets 3 miles per kWh in warm weather, and that is driving in the countryside and the town.
It has a tight turn and muffles outside noise well. However, drivers complained of spongy brakes. All together, it's a car good enough for tooling about town.

Cupra Born is not too cool for insurance

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