Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Should you buy one?

In many respects, the Cupra Born is a tempting proposition, especially if you enjoy driving. While it isn’t as fun as a conventional hot hatch, it’s a brisk and capable machine that is satisfying to drive quickly on a country road.

Pricing is in line with key rivals and even entry-level models get plenty of equipment. Unsurprisingly, it shares most of its plus points with the VW ID.3 but with a more distinctive and sporty flavour that we suspect will appeal to many buyers.

Top models are approaching Tesla Model 3 money, but a 58kWh eBoost V1 or V2 is well worth shortlisting.

What we like

The range will be sufficient for most people and rapid charging capability means longer journeys won’t be too much of a faff. It’s enjoyable to drive briskly while the spacious interior feels a cut above the ID.3’s.

What we don’t like

There are still a few bits of the interior that feel a bit cheap and the touch sensitive controls frustrate. It’s also not as much fun as similarly priced hot hatches on account of its hefty weight and electronic interference. More importantly, the ride while never uncomfortable is firm and fidgety at times.

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