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 help it stand apart from its VW sister car. That being said, the annoying touch-sensitive sliders for the climate control and media volume have made their way 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 of writing, with prices starting from just under £36,500, which is less than the single Volkswagen ID.3 currently on sale that in fact uses the same 58kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor as the entry-level Born.
The 58kWh/201bhp Cupra Born has a range of 263 miles, 7.3-second 0-62mph time and is offered in three specifications. In V1 trim standard equipment includes 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 £40,000 respectively.
In April 2022, Cupra added two 'e-Boost' models to the Born line-up, which both get a more powerful 227bhp electric motor, paired with a either a 58 or 77kWh battery, the latter boosting the hatchback's range to 340 miles. These models are only offered in the higher-spec V2 and V3 trims, and start at a little over £39,000 and just under £42,000 for the 58 and 77kWh e-Boost varints respectively.
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 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto coming as standard.
The Born does have a better thought-out infotainment layout than the Volkswagen ID.3's system, but the Cupra can't match the electric Renault Megane's Google-powered infotainment. What's more, the Born still features the same infuriating touch-sensitive climate controls as the ID.3, which aren't illuminated making them difficult to use at night, plus 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 & driveThe Born is sharper to drive than its Volkswagen ID.3 sister, though it doesn't offer significantly more straight-line performance
- 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 it doesn't better the boot capacity of some other electric family cars, the Cupra Born is still spacious enough for everyday duties
- 7Reliability & safety ratingA strong crash-test rating, coupled with plentiful standard safety kit, put the electric family hatchback in a good position here