Sporty Cupra Born hatchback offers a taste of Spain, and, like much of the nation’s food, it’s a hot and sizzling experience, says RAY MASSEY
The sharp-looking, sporty Cupra Born hatchback offers a taste of Spain. And, like much of the nation’s food, it’s a hot and sizzling experience.
My test-drive, though, starts in Braintree, Essex, at the Gridserve electric car charging centre with its shops and rest areas.
Cupra is the new sporty car brand spun-off from Spanish sibling SEAT — both part of Germany’s Volkswagen — and the Born is built in Zwickau, Germany.
The heat is on: The new all-electric Cupra Born hatchback is nippy and nimble
The all-electric rear-wheel drive Born, from ££34,715, is Cupra’s first fully-electric car based on VW’s ID.3. There are three trim levels — V1, V2 and V3 — and three grades of power: an entry level 45 kWh, a mid-level 58kWh and a higher-level 77kWh.
I drove a mid-range Cupra Born 58 kWh V3 variant, priced from £38,390. Its 204 hp electric motor allowed me to accelerate from rest to 62mph in 7.3 seconds on 20in wheels. Top speed is 99mph. It has a claimed range of 264 miles. Charging time on a domestic wall-charger is 6 hours 15 min. On DC fast-chargers at Gridserve, it’s 35 minutes.
The 77kWh 230hp Born does rest to 62mph in 6.6 seconds and has a range of 261 miles to 340 miles. It will be available here in summer. The Born’s styling inside and out is sporty and comfortable, with Cupra’s tasteful signature copper highlights. It’s easy to drive, nippy and nimble. Drive settings are ‘range’, ‘comfort’, ‘performance’ and ‘individual’. A ‘Cupra’ mode is available on the more powerful ‘e-boost’ variants.
It has sporty granite grey 12-way electrically adjustable front bucket seats, lumbar support and a massage function.
Will it fit in my garage? New Cupra Born
Cupra Born: 58kWh V3 204 horse-power
On sale: now.
This variant price from: £38,390
Price as driven: £38,955
Range price from: £34,715
Width (inc mirrors): 1809mm
Trim level: V3
Engine: Electric motor
Max power: 204 horse-power
Transmission: Single-speed automatic
Battery: 58kW lithium ion
0-62mph: 7.3 seconds
Top speed: 99mph
CO2 emissions: Zero
Range: 264 miles
Wheels: 20 inch
Charging time: AC 11kW: 6 hours 15 minutes (to 100 per cent) DC 135kW 35 minutes (to 80 per cent)
Insurance group: 25P
Extras on this car: Nevada White paint (£565)
12 inch navigation system
5.3 inch digital cockpit screen
Granite Grey Dinamica seats
12 way electrically adjustable heated front sports bucket seats
Pneumatically adjustable lumbar support
The augmented-reality display helps keep your eyes focused on the road ahead. There’s a 12in navigation and infotainment screen and a 5.3in digital cockpit screen. Boot space is 385 litres, though rear seats fold down for more.
One niggle is a carry-over from the VW ID.3: fiddly ‘slider’ controls for air-con and other functions. Simple knobs or touch-screen function, please.
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