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Cupra Born hatchback - Electric motor, drive & performance

Fun to drive, with slightly sharper responses than the ID.3

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Electric motor, drive & performance Rating

4.5 out of 5

The Cupra Born is arguably one of the first electric hot hatchbacks on sale. Cupra was previously known for hotted-up versions of existing SEAT models, and the Born is based on the Volkswagen ID.3. But it feels quite similar to the ID.3, and we would’ve liked the Born to feel a bit more special.

That’s not to say that the Born isn’t fun to drive. Its chunky kerbweight is negated by the low-mounted batteries and the Born has a near-perfect weight distribution across the two axles. Body roll is kept to a minimum and the steering is nice and weighty at higher speeds, even if it’s a little lifeless at lower speeds.

The brakes in electric cars can sometimes feel a little odd but pedal feel isn't an issue in the Born. It's also accomplished when you get to a winding stretch of road, with precise steering that feels sharp without making the car too nervous or twitchy. First impressions are of a slightly more sporty feel than the Volkswagen ID.3, especially in Cupra mode. This gives the steering extra weight, helping the Born feel even more unflappable.

Cupra Born electric motor

The 58kWh car has a generous 201bhp, with a single electric motor and rear-wheel drive. This enables a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds and, despite the Born being heavier than an equivalent petrol car, we thought it felt quick enough. This sensation is helped by the instant power as you press the accelerator pedal. It's also available with 'e-Boost' which temporarily increases power to 228bhp, cutting the acceleration time to 6.6 seconds. As with many EVs, acceleration is most impressive up to about 40mph, but the Born still has plenty of power at motorway speeds.

Cars with the 77kWh battery get the e-Boost function as standard. We expect this version to feel quick as well, given its seven-second 0-62mph dash.

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