New 2022 Cupra Born electric car: prices, specs and details

Cupra's first electric car, and sister model to Volkswagen's ID.3, can cover up to 335 miles on a charge and do 0-62mph in under seven seconds; prices start from £33,735

Cupra Born

Cupra has announced prices for the first version of its Born electric family hatchback to go on sale, as well as new trim-level details. It starts from £33,735, although extra variants will be added to the range in time.

Eventually, the Born line-up will consist of four models, however the mid-range variant, which uses a 58kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor, is the only one you can order for the time being. This particular version has a range of 263 miles, while 0-62mph takes 7.3 seconds. 

Prices start from £33,735 for the 58kWh/201bhp Born in V1 trim, with standard equipment including 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a 12-inch central infotainment screen, reversing camera and safety systems like lane-keeping assistance and tiredness recognition.

Upgrading to V2 trim adds 19-inch alloys, an augmented reality head-up display and heated front seats, while top-spec V3 cars get 20-inch alloy wheels and 12-way power-adjustable, heated and massaging front seats. With 58kWh/201bhp battery and motor setup, V2 and V3 cost £34,190 and £37,375 respectively. 

It’s worth noting that due to the recent reduction in the price threshold for the plug-in car grant, none of these variants are eligible for any incentives. The entry-level model, powered by a 148bhp motor due later in 2022, may qualify. The range will also encompass a more powerful 228bhp-motor car.

Exact prices for these other models will be announced later in 2022. The Born will be available in the UK on a subscription model as well as the usual finance options – similar to Volvo's XC40 and C40 electric cars. All versions confirmed so far have the same 310Nm maximum torque figure, but we expect a more potent hot-hatch variant to arrive later, potentially featuring the dual-motor setup from the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX.

Cupra Born range, battery, charging and performance

Under the sporty-looking bodywork of the Born is the same MEB platform that serves as a basis for the Volkswagen ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5, as well as the Skoda Enyaq iV and Audi Q4 e-tron. The car will eventually be available in four variants.

The entry-level model has a 45kWh battery and produces 148bhp and 310Nm of torque from a single electric motor powering the rear wheels. It'll be capable of 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds and have a maximum driving range of 211 miles. 

The next variant features a larger 58kWh battery, plus an electric motor with a total output of 201bhp, with 310Nm of torque. The Born featuring this powertrain will cover 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds. This is the sole variant to have gone on sale so far, available in V1, V2 and V3 trim levels as described above.

The fastest-accelerating model gets a 228bhp motor and a 58kWh battery. This variant is capable of 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds – or 31mph from a standstill in 2.6 seconds – which is quicker than both the Vauxhall Corsa-e and MINI Electric. The 58kWh battery models will be capable of more than 260 miles on a charge.

The final Born variant uses the same 228bhp motor as above, but paired to the larger 77kWh battery seen in the long-range variants of the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4. This model has a maximum range of 335 miles.

From a public rapid charger capable of at least 120kW, you can top up Borns with the 58kWh battery from 5-80% capacity in 35 minutes. Fully recharging the same battery from flat will take just over nine hours from a 7.4kW home wallbox.

Handling and performance version

Cupra has tried to give the Born a noticeably sportier character than its Volkswagen ID.3 sister model. The car is available with Dynamic Chassis Control, allowing you to switch between four driving modes: Range, Comfort, Individual and Cupra.

It also boasts 50:50 weight distribution, speed-sensitive power steering and regenerative braking that's capable of producing 0.3g of braking force. Cupra has emphasised the time it spent refining the feel of the brakes in the Born, particularly when transitioning between regenerative braking and using the brake discs.

In addition to the launch models, we know that Cupra is interested in developing an even faster, all-wheel-drive Born. We expect this version will use the same powertrain as the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX and forthcoming ID.3 GTX hot hatchback.

Styling and design

The design of the Cupra Born has remained largely unchanged from the original El-Born hatchback concept car that Cupra's sister brand SEAT unveiled a few years ago. There are a few notable similarities with the Volkswagen ID.3, particularly in regards to the roofline, C-pillar and the short overhangs at the front and rear.

However, the Cupra is sportier all round, with more aggressive front and rear bumpers. The rear also features a diffuser below the full-width light strip. Cupra’s signature copper accents are present on the Born in several places, including the front grille, side skirts and even the alloy wheels seen in these first images. 

Interior and dashboard

Inside, the copper accents continue and the cabin features the same 12-inch infotainment screen as the plug-in hybrid Cupra Formentor SUV and Cupra Leon e-Hybrid hatchback. This is standard across the Born range and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with all models also getting a 5.3-inch digital driver’s display behind the steering wheel. Higher-spec Borns will come with an augmented-reality head-up display, much like the system found certain versions of the Audi Q4 e-tron.

The Born’s interior also uses recycled materials, with the centre sections of the seats made from plastics found on beaches and upcycled into yarn. Optional Dinamica microfibre is available for the door panels, along with upholstery that's made from the polyester fibres found in T-shirts and plastic bottles.There are two bucket seats up front, space for three passengers in the rear and a boot capacity of 385 litres.

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