New Cupra Born electric car: first full EV for fresh brand

Published: 25 May 2021

► Cupra Born EV revealed
► Most powerfull version is 227bhp
► eBoost, eco seats and copper bits

Cupra has unveiled its new Born electric car, an MEB-based family hatch with some sporty details to separate it from VW’s own ID.3.

Even so, it still very much looks like an ID.3. The body shape is almost identical, but Cupra has injected some aggressive details, including a new front end with sharper lines, wilder wheel designs and, of course, a whole lot of copper accents.

cupra born rear

Are there any differences inside?

Well, the interior design certainly apes the ID.3 to some degree, but Cupra has added some extras. The central screen is 12 inches (over the ID.3’s 10), the steering wheel has bespoke Cupra drive mode buttons, and the centre console rises up to meet the dashboard – rather than fall away like the VW’s.

cupra born interior

Cupra also offers two upholstery options for the bucket seats – a microfibre cloth, and a yarn from eco-friendly outfit Seaqual. The latter uses plastic that’s been trawled in from the oceans. You can also spec an augmented-reality head-up display.

Surely Cupra has to differentiate more than that…

Well, on the powertrain front, Cupra has three options for you for now. The range starts with a 148bhp version with a 45kWh battery, which claims 211 miles on a charge. The mid-level choice has 201bhp and a 58kWh battery for a claimed 260 miles, and a 228bhp (a variant the ID.3 doesn’t get, for now) one with the option of a 58kWh or 77kWh battery. If you go for the biggest battery size, Cupra claims up to 335 miles on a charge.

All are rear-wheel drive, with the potential of more powerful variants entering the range in the years to come.

cupra born overhead

The Cupra difference is that it offers adaptive dampers on the Born, and the 228bhp version has something called eBoost which briefly recalibrates the torque distribution.

When can I get a Cupra Born?

Cupra says prices will be announced towards the end of 2021, with the first deliveries coming in early 2022. Along with regular sales, you can get one as part of Cupra’s new subscription model.

After that, Cupra’s new Tavascan SUV has been confirmed for 2024, and the brand could also expand its EV range with the planned ‘Urban EV’ first teased by boss Wayne Griffiths.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches