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Spanish version of the Volkswagen ID.3 majors on sportiness

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PROS

  • Cupra el-Born EV first details - on sale in 2021
  • All-electric hatchback has up to 310-mile range
  • Based on Volkswagen ID.3, sharp new styling

CONS

  • Right now it's difficult to see any advantage over a VW ID.3

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Written by Keith Adams on

First shown in 2019 as a SEAT concept, the Cupra el-Born is the Spanish take on the electric hot hatch. As you can probably tell from these pictures, it's based closely on the Volkswagen ID.3 but sporting a sharp new look.

The Cupra el-Born is based on the same platform as the ID.3, and is powered by a 77kWh battery pack that is claimed to offer a range of up to 310 miles. The Cupra el-Born should deliver 160-miles worth of change in 30 minutes on the latest high-capacity rapid chargers.

Cupra says that it has a nippy 0-31mph time of 2.9 seconds, which should mean the el-Born will feel pretty quick off the lights in town. It's a performance-badged EV as you'd expect from Cupra – and sports a sharp look inside and out.

Cupra looks for full EV family car

Although you can tell it's closely based on the ID.3, the front end gets the Cupra stying treatment, with a dramatic plunging nose, angular headlights and large wheels. In short, it's a true electric hot hatch.

Like the upcoming Cupra Formentor, which goes on sale late in 2020, the Cupra el-Born has a new floating infotainment display that’s housed in a fresh interior which is extensively trimmed in suede-like alcantara, with contrasting trim. Like the ID.3 expect the interior to be roomy – offering large car room in a medium-sized external package.

Read on to see if we think it's worth waiting for...

Cupra el-Born Hatchback rivals

BMW
i3
4.5 out of 5 4.5