3.8 out of 5 3.8
Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

New challenger isn't quite the electric hot hatch we were hoping for

Cupra Born Hatchback (21 on) - rated 3.8 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £34,715 - £41,975
Lease from new From £438 p/m View lease deals
Used price £26,520 - £37,510
Used monthly cost From £662 per month
Fuel Economy 3.5 - 4.0 miles/kWh
Insurance group 25 - 28 How much is it to insure?
New

PROS

  • Good levels of kit
  • Reasonably fun to drive
  • Up to 335-mile range

CONS

  • Brakes lack feel and don't inspire confidence
  • Less powerful models don't feel that special
  • Difficult to justify over the ID.3

Cupra Born Hatchback rivals

BMW
i3
3.8 out of 5 3.8

Written by Alan Taylor-Jones on

Where once you were rather limited when it came to electric cars, buyers are now inundated with options. Thanks to the Cupra Born, that list now includes a hot hatch. How spicy? Well, the quickest version manages 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds, a respectable if not scorching time.

Two battery sizes are available, with a choice of power outputs on the entry level 58kWh model and just one in the higher capacity 77kWh version. If this sounds and looks familiar, that’s because the Cupra Born is based on the Volkswagen ID.3 electric hatchback, albeit without the weediest motor.

Not that you’d mistake the Born for an ID.3 on the road. The silhouette might be similar, but there’s new racier bumpers front and rear, fancier alloy wheels, plenty of copper highlights and a plusher interior. That’s enough to make the Born a more desirable thing and less of an appliance.

To make sure it’s not all mouth and no trousers, Cupra has also gone to work on the chassis. The suspension is lower and stiffer, while the stability control system is less keen to step in when you’re driving enthusiastically. Like the ID.3, the Born is rear-wheel drive only, something that should also appeal to keen drivers.

However, the Born has plenty of competition to worry about. Not only is there the aforementioned ID.3, there’s also SUVs such as the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric and the cheaper MG 5 Estate. Top spec models are also closing in on the price of a Tesla Model 3, giving the Born plenty of rivals to worry about, albeit none that promise to be this overtly sporty.

To find out if the Born should be your next new car, have a look at our comprehensive review over the next few pages. We’ll tell you just how good it is to drive, how practical it is, what it’ll cost and how far it’ll go on a charge.

Cupra Born Hatchback rivals

BMW
i3
3.8 out of 5 3.8