Cupra Born reliability & safety rating
Strong 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
Cupra is a relatively new brand and the Born is its first all-electric model, so there’s not a lot to go on when it comes to assessing this car's reliability. However, the Born does feature plenty of safety kit as standard, and we’ve yet to hear of any issues in relation to the several models from VW Group brands that use the same mechanical platform as the Cupra.
Cupra Born reliability & problems
Neither Cupra nor the Born hatchback have been around long enough for any solid reliability data to be available. But the 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey saw SEAT – the brand Cupra was spun off from – finish 15th out of 29 on the list of best car manufacturers. We’ve also yet to hear of any serious issues with the closely related Volkswagen ID.3, which shares a platform and technology with the Born.
The Cupra Born has yet to go through Euro NCAP crash tests, but given it shares underpinnings with the Audi Q4 e-tron, Skoda Enyaq iV, Volkswagen ID.3 and Volkswagen ID.4 – all of which have five-star ratings from the safety body – we wouldn't expect any nasty surprises here.
Like other models in the Cupra range, the Born comes with lots of safety systems. The basic V1 trim gets LED headlights, a reversing camera, lane-keeping assistance and driver tiredness recognition. Additional safety features are available in option packs, including predictive adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign recognition, semi-autonomous driving capability, side and exit assistance, a top-view camera and emergency assistance.
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 & 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 rating - currently readingStrong 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