Cupra Born running costs & insurance
Runnings 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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 CC cost (20%/40%)|
|TBC||3yrs / 60,000 miles||TBC||From £67/£135|
Like all electric cars, the Cupra Born attracts a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax rate of just 1% during the 2021/22 financial year, rising to 2% at the start of the 2022/23 financial year in April. Compare that to 32% for a petrol-powered version of the brand’s Formentor SUV, or even 11% for the plug-in hybrid Leon hatchback, and you can see where big savings can be made.
Cupra Born insurance group
No official insurance group ratings for the Cupra Born have been confirmed just yet, but we expect it'll have the same or very similar ratings as the ID.3, especially with the amount of safety kit the Born comes with as standard.
All new Cupra cars are covered by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. While this is the same as you get with the Born’s sister car the Volkswagen ID.3, it does fall behind those of its rivals. The Hyundai Kona Electric, for example, has a five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, while the MG ZS EV and Kia e-Niro both get seven years of cover.
Cupra has yet to announce servicing intervals for the Born, but we expect to follow the same fixed service schedule as the ID.3, which involves a simple inspection service after two years. From then on, it’s every year or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first. Overall, the Born should be generally cheaper to maintain and service than any combustion-engined, hybrid or plug-in hybrid rival.
As with all electric cars, you don’t have to pay vehicle excise duty (VED), otherwise known as road tax, on the Born. The pure-electric hatchback is also exempt from the London Congestion Charge until 2025 and attracts a 1% Benefit-in-Kind company-car tax rate during the 2021/22 financial year. That figure will rise to 2% for the 2022/23 period, but that's still significantly lower than even the 11% the plug-in hybrid Cupra Leon attracts.
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 & insurance - currently readingRunnings 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 ratingStrong 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