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Cupra Born range, battery & charging

The 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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

Battery sizeRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
45kWh211 miles7hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)26mins (10-80%, 100kW)
58kWh261-264 miles9hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)35mins (5-80%, 125kW)
77kWh340 miles12hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)36mins (5-80%, 135kW)

Under its sharp bodywork, the Cupra Born shares its platform with many electric cars we’re already familiar with. The list includes the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback, the ID.4 SUV and ID.5 coupe-SUV, as well as the Audi Q4 e-tron and Skoda Enyaq iV. The Spanish carmaker’s first electric model is available with a choice of three battery sizes – 45, 58 and 77kWh – with range figures for all versions on par with those of the equivalent Volkswagen ID.3. Plus, every model gets rapid charging as standard. 

Cupra Born range

Four versions of the Born have been announced so far, with only the entry-level model still to arrive. That uses a 45kWh battery, which holds enough energy for up to 211 miles of driving. The next two versions use a 58kWh battery and are capable of covering in excess of 260 miles on a charge. However, the final variant features an even larger 77kWh unit that, according to the brand, allows for a range of 340 miles. 

The version we've driven in the UK features the 58kWh battery paired with a 201bhp electric motor. It should be able to cover up to 264 miles on a charge, although our test car struggled to break a predicted 200 miles from a full battery in cold conditions, returning around 2.7 miles per kilowatt-hour (m/kWh) efficiency.

Charge time

Borns with a 58kWh battery can be charged at up to 125kW, meaning topping up from 5-80% using a fast enough rapid-charging point takes 35 minutes. The top-of-the-range 77kWh model can be recharged at up to 135kW. So, if you find a fast enough charger, you can top up the 77kWh battery from 5-80% in just 36 minutes – or to put it another way, add 62 miles of range in only seven minutes. 

Using a 7kW home wallbox to fully recharge the Born will take around seven-and-a-half hours for the 45kWh battery, while the 58kWh variant can be topped up from flat in just over nine hours. Go for the largest battery and it'll take over 12 hours to fully recharge.

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