Cupra Born interior, dashboard & comfort
The Born’s interior quality is a definite improvement over its ID.3 sister car's: even the infotainment system is better thought-out than the Volkswagen’s
One common criticism of the Volkswagen ID.3 concerns its cabin, but thankfully the Born makes improvements in interior quality that go some way to justifying the price difference between it and its VW sister. That being said, the annoying touch-sensitive sliders for the climate control and media volume have made it over unchanged.
Cupra Born dashboard
The Cupra’s interior quality is very good, and overall it looks and feels nicer than the rather austere VW. The dashboard is dominated by a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen, which comes standard on all Borns, with Cupra applying some sportier materials such as Alcantara in places to mix things up as well. There are still some hard plastics in places, which we felt was actually highlighted by the use of much better quality materials elsewhere.
Equipment, options & accessories
Three versions of the Cupra Born are available to order at the time writing. The range currently starts with a 58kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor variant. This particular version has a range of 263 miles, while 0-62mph takes 7.3 seconds.
Prices start from just under £35,000 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 driver tiredness alerts.
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 alloys and 12-way power-adjustable heated massage seats up front. The 58kWh/201bhp Cupra Born in V2 and V3 trim costs just over £36,000 and just under £38,000 respectively.
In April 2022, Cupra added two 'e-Boost' models to the Born, which both get a more powerful 227bhp electric motor, but are only offered in V2 and V3 trim. But, there is a choice of 58 or 77kWh battery sizes, starting at £37,445 and £40,215 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. However, an entry-level Born model with a 45kWh battery and powered by a 148bhp motor, like the cheaper ID.3 variants, is due later in 2022.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
All versions of the Born come with a 5.3-inch digital driver’s display behind the wheel that’s mounted to the steering column, as well as a 12-inch central infotainment touchscreen that also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Compared with the system in the Volkswagen ID.3, the Born's has a better thought-out infotainment layout. However, the Cupra still features the same touch-sensitive climate controls as the ID.3, and the buttons on the steering wheel aren't the most responsive either.
In This Review
- 1VerdictMore adventurous styling and a better-quality interior help set the Spanish brand's first electric car apart from the Volkswagen ID.3 it's based on
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Cupra Born will eventually available with a choice of three battery sizes, all of which promise enough range and charging capability to keep most drivers happy
- 3Running costs & insuranceRunnings costs for Cupra’s electric family hatchback are likely to be much lower than for petrol-powered rivals, especially if you’re planning to run one as a company car
- 4Performance, motor & driveWhile the Born is sharper to drive than its Volkswagen ID.3 sister, it doesn’t offer significantly more straight-line performance, so it's a stretch to declare it a proper 'hot hatch'
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe Born’s interior quality is a definite improvement over its ID.3 sister car's: even the infotainment system is better thought-out than the Volkswagen’s
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityWhile may not offer the same amount of boot space as some other electric family cars, the Cupra Born is still spacious enough for everyday duties
- 7Reliability & safety ratingStrong crash-test ratings for the Born’s Audi, Skoda and Volkswagen sister cars, coupled with plentiful standard safety kit, put the electric family hatchback in good stead