Cupra Born boot space, seating & practicality
While it doesn't better the boot capacity of some other electric family cars, the Cupra Born is still spacious enough for everyday duties
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The Born is about the same size on the road as the brand’s plug-in hybrid Leon hatchback, as well as the Volkswagen Golf. But the Cupra boasts a slightly longer wheelbase, as well as a flat floor and bigger-feeling cabin. However, its rear-axle-mounted electric motor does reduce the amount of boot space on offer.
Cupra Born interior space, storage & comfort
Cupra's more flamboyant styling means the Born is just over 6cm longer than the Volkswagen ID.3, but with no difference in wheelbase, it's no roomier inside than its sister model. Its roofline is also just over 3cm lower, so taller rear-seat passengers may feel slightly more cramped than in the VW – something not helped by the Born's rear seats being set a little higher.
Up front, both the driver and front-seat passenger enjoy supportive sports bucket seats. A higher centre console means the Cupra doesn’t feel as roomy as the VW, but the trade-off is a more driver-focused feel – which ties in nicely with its sporty appearance.
You don’t get a ‘frunk’ or any storage space under the Cupra’s bonnet, but the boot is still the same practical shape as the ID.3’s, offering 385 litres of luggage capacity with the seats up. That’s only slightly more than the Renault ZOE supermini (338 litres) and less than either the Renault Megane E-TECH Electric (440 litres) or Kia EV6 (490 litres) can manage.
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 & comfortThe 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 & practicality - currently readingWhile 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