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Cupra Born reliability & safety rating

A strong crash-test rating, coupled with plentiful standard safety kit, put the electric family hatchback in a good position here

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5


Adult protection

Child protection

Safety assist

5 stars (2022)




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 is based on tried and tested Volkswagen Group parts – including a platform, battery and motors taken from the VW ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5, as well as the Audi Q4 e-tron and Skoda Enyaq iV

We’ve yet to hear any serious problems affecting the many models listed above – glitchy infotainment frustrations aside – so that bodes well. The Born features plenty of safety kit as standard and was awarded the maximum five-star crash-test rating by Euro NCAP, too.

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 2022 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey saw SEAT – the brand Cupra was spun off from – finish 17th out of 29 on the list of best car manufacturers. We’ve also yet to hear of any serious issues affecting the closely related Volkswagen ID.3, which shares its platform and technology with the Born.


The Cupra Born went through Euro NCAP crash tests in early 2022, and given it shares underpinnings with the Volkswagen Group cars listed above, it wasn't a surprise to see it, too, awarded the independent organisation's maximum five-star rating. The Born received individual scores of 93%, 89% and 80% for adult protection, child protection and safety assistance, respectively.

Like other models in the maker’s range, the Cupra Born comes with lots of safety systems. The basic V1 trim gets LED headlights, a reversing camera, lane-keeping assistance and driver tiredness detection. 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.

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