2021 Cupra el-Born electric hot hatchback: prices, specs and release date

A Cupra-branded performance version of the SEAT el-Born is due next year

  • Sharper styling and copper touches
  • Bigger 82kWh battery
  • Set to reach showrooms in 2021

The Cupra el-Born is set to go on sale in 2021. It’ll be one of the first electric hot hatchbacks on the market, and is part of Cupra’s expanding electrification plans. Based on the SEAT el-Born and the Volkswagen ID.3, the Cupra badged version will have a larger battery and more power.

2021 Cupra el-Born prices and specs

The Cupra el-Born will be more expensive than the similarly sized Cupra Leon hatchback, because the technology associated with electric cars is costly. We expect prices to start from around £40,000, which is a similar figure to the powerful Cupra Ateca and Cupra Formentor SUVs. The el-Born will offer vastly lower running costs, however.

There may be a couple of different trim levels, but all cars will get copper design elements, a digital instrument display, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors and a 12-inch touchscreen with sat nav.

Performance

While the maximum battery size for SEAT-badged cars is 62kWh, the Cupra el-Born has an 82kWh battery. It’ll be shared with the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron and the Skoda Enyaq, and Cupra promises a range of up to 310 miles on a full charge. Zero-to-31mph takes 2.9 seconds, and we expect 0-62mph to be dealt with in just over six seconds.

The Cupra el-Born will be rear-wheel drive. The same setup in the Skoda Enyaq features a 201bhp electric motor. Fast-charging at a public charger will add around 160 miles of range in half an hour.

Styling

Like other Cupra models, the Cupra el-Born has sportier styling and eye-catching copper elements, on the alloy wheels, trim pieces and badging. It’ll sit on lower, firmer suspension than the SEAT version, while buyers also get grey wing mirrors, sharp LED headlights and bigger wheels than standard.

Interior

The interior features sports bucket seats and Cupra’s new steering wheel. Blue Alcantara suede-like upholstery will feature throughout, alongside leather and soft-touch plastics. Cupra merely says the car has ‘full connectivity’, which we expect to mean Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Car2X technology. The latter means the car talks to other so-equipped cars and local infrastructure. You’ll be able to access more features through an accompanying smartphone app, while an augmented-reality head-up display will also be available.

The SEAT el-Born is the Spanish company’s take on the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback, and will be the brand’s second EV after the SEAT Mii electric city car. Last year we revealed that a high-performance Volkswagen ID.3 R could well be in the pipeline, which will be the Cupra’s main rival.

That would be similar to the way in which the current SEAT Leon Cupra is a rival to the Volkswagen Golf R, as both use the same underpinnings and engine.

Read about the cars coming in 2021 and beyond.

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