Seat el-Born: Spain’s MEB goes testing

Published: 14 January 2020

► Seat el-Born EV concept
► Electric hatch has 260mi range
► See it at Geneva motor show

Here's another look at the Seat el-Born testing, first shown at the 2019 Geneva motor show. Our photographers have captured the forthcoming EV in the snow, and as you can probably tell from these pics, it's essentially a Volkswagen ID3 in a slightly different camiseta.

In fact, if you squint hard enough, it actually looks a lot like an ID3: it's only the front lights that really give the game away. 

Why el-Born?

Are you wondering where on earth that name has come from? Well, it has quite literally come from a small, trendy precinct in Barcelona of the same name, not far from the overly touristy Gothic Quarter. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere.

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The Seat el-Born has a total system power of 201bhp, capable of launching the electric hatch to 62mph in 7.5 seconds. Up to 260 miles can be gleaned from its 62kWh battery pack, and it can be recharged via a 100kW in around 45 minutes.

Seat el-born rear cornering

If you think it looks familiar to VW’s ID hatch, then we’d agree with you. Still, Seat’s designers have done enough to separate it, in a similar vein to the Golf and the Leon.

Like the Cupra Formentor revealed earlier this month, the el-Born has a new floating infotainment display that’s housed in a fresh interior.

We’ll find out more about the concept after its Geneva debut.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches