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New 2021 Cupra Born: everything you need to know

Nick Francis

25 May 2021

Based on the Volkswagen ID.3, the Curpa Born is an electric hatchback from Seat’s performance arm. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

> All-electric hatchback is first EV from Cupra

> Sportier styling than the VW ID.3 on which it’s based

> Long range model capable of 335-miles on a single charge

> Fastest version does 0-62mph in 6.6-seconds

> Pricing not revealed yet but expected to be around £30,000

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2021 Cupra Born design

Based on the same platform as the Volkswagen ID.3 the Cupra Born is a similar size and shape to its VAG cousin but is set apart by a number of bespoke performance styling cues true to the Cupra brand’s sportier image.

Angular LED lights flank a sculpted but short bonnet. The grille is larger and lower than that found on the ID.3 and it’s framed with Cupra’s signature copper-colour trim, which is also used for the Cupra badge and name on the bonnet.

The Born’s A-pillar is raked sharply to increase aerodynamics and to enhance its sporty appearance and at the back it gets a wraparound lightbar similar to that found on the Cupra Formentor, creating the illusion of the car being wider than it actually is.

Other bespoke touches include the black textured surface on the C-pilar which is intended to give the appearance of a floating roofline, and sharp creases along the side of the car to bolster its muscular appearance. It also gets puddle lamps in the wing mirrors which project the Cupra logo onto the ground.

The Born is offered with a choice of six bespoke wheel options, between 18 and 20-inches, as well as unique six paint options.

2021 Cupra Born interior and infotainment

Much like the ID.3 the interior of the Cupra Born is simple and clean with minimal physical buttons and a driver-focussed fascia. More of that copper trim does a good job of distinguishing it from the VW, but you can see the same switchgear has been carried over in most places, such as the small instrument panel next to the steering wheel.

These days Seat and Cupras benefit from the famous Volkswagen Group build quality, so there shouldn’t be any problems in terms of durability. Those worried about the plight of the polar bear will be pleased to hear that two recycled materials are used in the seat upholstery and places like the door panels.

All but the entry-level trim models come with an augmented reality head-up display which layers information such as sat nav guidance over the road ahead, and the small digital driver display behind the steering wheel also hosts the drive, reverse and park controls, as it with the ID.3.

A 12-inch floating infotainment screen is the headline feature of the cabin, which is angled towards the driver to make things easier to see and control. The high-resolution screen can be controlled via voice command and contains menus on driving functions and vehicle data, as well as the usual things like media and sat nav.

The voice control function is activated either by a button on the steering wheel or by saying ‘hola, hola’ (yep, really) and can be used to set the temperature of the cabin. If you feel silly speaking Spanish to a robot then you can set the climate via touch-sensitive sliders, which also control the media volume.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard but a Beats sound system is an optional extra, and all customers can access vehicle details such as remaining battery range remotely via the Cupra Connect app.

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2021 Cupra Born practicality and boot space

Because the Born shares a platform with the ID.3 it is a very spacious and practical hatchback. Legroom in the back is better than most non-EVs of a similar size, especially as there is no central tunnel getting in the way thanks to the electric powertrain.

Headroom is plentiful throughout thanks to the boxy styling of the car and there are plenty of useful cubbyholes for storage, as well as a generously sized glovebox.

The boot space stands at 385-litres with the seats in an upright position, which is 5-litres more than a VW Golf but it’s less than the Nissan Leaf’s 420-litres. With the seats folded flat the Cupra Born can take 1,267-litres, which is actually a bit more than the Leaf. Go figure.

2021 Cupra Born batteries, motors and charging time

There are four battery sizes and four power outputs to choose from which naturally affect how much range you will get. The entry model comes with a 45kWh battery and 148bhp motor which offers up to 211-miles of range on a full charge and a 0-62mph time of 8.9-seconds.

Next is the 58kWh battery mated with a 201bhp motor which will do 260-miles and 0-62mph in 7.3-seconds. The same battery can be mated to 229bhp motor (on an over-boost function) which offers the same range but does the sprint in 6.6-sconds. This is the fastest model in the line-up for now.

The biggest battery is 77kWh and extends the range to 335-miles. Despite also producing 228bhp the heavier battery means the 0-62mph run is slightly slower at seven-seconds.

The bigger battery can also add 62-miles of range in just seven minutes on 125kW charge point, or up to 80% of range in 35-minutes.

Charging on an 11kW wallbox will take 7 hours 30 minutes for the 77kWh battery but with the 58kWh battery it should be possible in 6 hours and 15 minutes.

2021 Cupra Born prices and on-sale date

Cupra has yet to announce when the Born will go on sale and how much it will charge for it, but it will be in dealerships later this year. Prices will be on a par with the ID.3 so we expect them to start at around £30,000.

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Nick Francis

25 May 2021