Seat’s sub-brand of performance-oriented cars, Cupra, lifted the covers on its first-ever all-electric car, the Born, in May. The Cupra Born, designed and developed in Barcelona, Spain, entered production at Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant in Germany on 28 September 2021. This is the fifth model to roll out from what happens to be Europe’s largest EV factory.
Though the Born is a re-bodied VW ID.3, Cupra designers have lent it a sporty and athletic character. At the front, the Cupra Born comes with all-LED headlamps with daytime running lights integrated. The front bumper of the Born has been given a concave design, below which a large intake is placed with signature copper highlights and accents. The curved front bonnet gets a copper-finished logo of Cupra sitting on the tip of it, with ‘Cupra’ lettering present on the thin strip running between the headlamps.
The Cupra Born features a sharply raked A-pillar and the door panels wear a sharp crease that emerges from the front wheel arch and ends up at the side edge of the tail lamp. The C-pillar comes with a three-dimensional textured finish, providing a floating roof effect. The Cupra Born is available with six different designs in 18-inch, 19-inch, and 20-inch with machined finish and copper highlights.
At the back, the Cupra Born features a diffuser, roof spoiler, and LED tail lamps, with a thin LED strip across the boot lid, connecting the lamps. The body-coloured rear bumper does come with a grey finished region within it, which includes license plate housing and reflectors. The car will be made available in a total of six paint schemes, namely Glacial White, Rayleigh Red, Vapor Grey, Quasar Grey, Geyser Silver and Aurora Blue.
Cupra Born interior
The Cupra Born welcomes one with puddle lamps which project the Cupra logo when the doors are opened. The cabin uses recycled materials – a step taken for enhanced sustainability, an example of which is the central part of bucket seats that uses ‘Seaqual’ yarn comprised of upcycled marine plastics.
The Born comes with a Cupra-specific steering wheel to highlight its sporty demeanour. Other highlights of the cabin include a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system slightly tilted towards the driver side, a fully digital cockpit that also includes gearshift buttons and parking brake, nine-speaker Beats audio system, head-up display which shows driver assistance, speed, and navigation indicators. Customers can select one of the multiple colour trim options with various 3D effects and surfaces on offer.
The infotainment system of the Cupra Born features wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, touch sliders for adjusting climate control, and volume controls. Also on offer is a voice recognition system that can be activated by saying “Hola, Hola,” and Cupra Connect technology along with the new My Cupra app. Through this connect technology, one can monitor the car’s exact percentage of battery charge and climate settings inside the car, make an e-call, and access live traffic information and nearby charging stations, all via an embedded SIM.
The Cupra Born is 4,322 mm long, 1,809 mm wide, 1,537 mm tall, with a 2,767 mm wheelbase and a boot capacity of 385 litres. It runs on standard 215 mm section tires for all the alloy wheel options on offer, with an optional 235 mm wider tire available as well, for optimized performance.
The Cupra Born is available in multiple variants, all of which differ based on their performance with different lithium-ion battery options. With a 125 kW fast charging option, the Cupra Born can gain an additional range of 100 km in just 7 minutes of charging, with the time taken for gaining up to 80 per cent charge being 35 minutes.
Customers can also opt for the e-boost package, where the variant with a 58 kWh battery has a power output of up to 231 PS (170 kW), with a claimed 0-100 kmph sprint in 6.6 seconds. The best-in-range variant with 77 kWh battery (Range pack) features has a power output of 231 PS (170 kW) and an enhanced range of 540 km. This e-boost package will be made available for customers from 2022.
|Variants||45 kWh battery||58 kWh battery|
|Power||150 PS (110 kW)||204 PS (150 kW)|
|Torque||310 Nm||310 Nm|
|Maximum range||340 km||424 km|
|0-100 km/h||8.9 seconds||7.3 seconds|
|Variants (with e-boost)||58 kWh battery||77 kWh battery (Range pack)|
|Power||231 PS (170 kW)||231 PS (170 kW)|
|Torque||310 Nm||310 Nm|
|Maximum range||420 km||540 km|
|0-100 kmph||6.6 seconds||7.0 seconds|
The Cupra Born sits on Volkswagen group’s MEB architecture and gets Macpherson struts at the front and advanced 5 multi-link setup at the rear, with an optimized platform for the central positioning of the battery. The vehicle features dynamic chassis control with four different drive modes – range, comfort, individual, and Cupra.
OnlyElectric’s Thomas Majchrzak likes what he sees
Thomas Majchrzak from OnlyElectric got to take a look at the Cupra Born and he seems to come away fairly impressed.
As for the exterior, Majchrzak says the Cupra, being the sport-oriented brand from SEAT, holds a much sportier look when compared to its sibling, the VW ID.3. Where the VW has a more van-ish appearance, the Cupra is almost sportscar-like thanks to the front lip that holds the brand name. Even when viewed from the side, the short bonnet and long low height give a very aggressive appearance which is probably added on to by the fact that the suspension lowers the front of the car a bit more than the rear. Speaking of which, the rear diffuser adds to this feel.
The interior, too, Majchrzak says, is very fancy. The bucket seats come standard and despite that are extremely comfortable. A lot of elements like the seats and the floor mats have been made using recycled materials. The infotainment system is a 12-inch screen unlike the ID.3 10-inch, however, the lack of physical buttons is a little bit of an issue. Same problem with the steering wheel’s capacitive touch controls.
The instrument cluster is tiny with very little customisation, but that is because of the Head Up Display with augmented reality. At the rear, there is enough space for someone as tall as Majchrzak who measures himself at 6 ft 1 in. even with the front seat pulled back to his preference. The rear boot is voluminous and very usable even though the Cupra is a small vehicle. Like the ID.3, however, there is no front trunk.
Price & Launch
The Cupra Born’s prices in the UK could start at around GBP 32,000. In Germany and Spain, where it is available in a single configuration with the 58 kWh battery pack and the 150 kW/310 Nm motor, its prices start at EUR 37,220 and EUR 37,400, respectively.
In addition to European countries, Australia may also get the Cupra Born. The Spanish electric car could arrive as the Volkswagen Group’s first EV in the country. A Cupra spokesman says about the Cupra Born Australian launch that “it’s not a question of if, but when,” news.com.au reported on July 14. The lack of policies from the local government to encourage EV adoption is a problem in executing the plan. VW Group Australia spokesman Paul Pottinger says that countries with binding national emission targets are prioritized production, but Australia doesn’t have that.
Cupra Born FAQs
What is the price of the Cupra Born?
The base Cupra Born costs EUR 37,220 in Germany.
What are the battery pack options available in Cupra Born?
45 kWh, 58 kWh, and 77 kWh, with the last two available with e-boost package for better performance & range.
What are the key competitors of Cupra Born?
VW ID.3, Hyundai Kona & Renault Megane E-Tech are chief rivals of the Cupra Born.
Featured image: Cupra