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Cupra Born

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

82
%
A

Used car score:

79
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

77
%
A

Safety Rating:

88
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

81
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

82
%
A

Used car score:

79
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

77
%
A

Safety Rating:

88
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

81
%
A

Summary


The Cupra Born is an all-electric family-sized hatchback based on the Volkswagen ID.3, and the first EV to go on sale from SEAT’s performance-focused spin-off brand, Cupra.

With two different powertrains available – an entry-level 58kWh version and a top-spec 77kWh model – the Born’s review scores have improved markedly since its UK arrival, after initial reviews questioned the car’s credentials as a performance package.

Some titles like Top Gear maintain that Cupra’s performance-orientated ethos is not too present in its first electric model, while Carwow praises the hatchback for its “strong performance”, and Honest John comments that the Born’s fun driving experience makes it one of the best choices across all the models in the Volkswagen Group family.

“The Born must be one of the most fun-to-drive EVs around, with a sophisticated, sporty feel that the ID3 doesn’t get near to”, Business Car says – one of the many publications to praise the hatchback for its well-built and practical interior. Like its ID.3 stablemate however, the Born has collected some criticism directed at its infotainment system, which What Car? explains is “terribly distracting to use while driving”.

Early reviews also found the Born hard to recommend over the ID.3 as it was the more expensive option, but recent Volkswagen price hikes mean that the Cupra is now the cheaper of the two, and thus a more appealing proposition.

Dismissing the Cupra Born’s ID.3 roots, The Sun conversely points out out that this five-door hatchback offers a much cheaper all-electric alternative to the popular Tesla Model 3, and The Sunday Times concludes that, should you not be too bothered by performance, the Cupra Born is a “superb electric car with a useful real-world driving range”.

Reviewers collectively agree that the all-electric Born is an impressive family car, but for drivers expecting hot hatch performance rivalling the similarly-priced Cupra Leon, it is likely to disappoint.

As of May 2024, the Cupra Born holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 82%. It has excellent results in every category, with the only caveat being that we don’t yet have enough data to issue a reliability rating.

Born highlights

  • Competitive battery range
  • Spacious and practical interior
  • Attractive exterior looks
  • Low running costs
  • Good levels of equipment as standard

Born lowlights

  • Performance does not match the sporty looks
  • Fiddly touch-sensitive buttons
  • No four-wheel drive models
  • Not as fun to drive as the Cupra Leon
  • Hard to recommend over the Volkswagen ID.3

Key specifications


Body style: Medium hatchback
Engines: electric motor, battery-powered
Price: From £36,475 on-road

Launched: Spring 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Discover EV

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Motoring Research

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Move Electric

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which EV?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 93%
Child protection: 89%
Vulnerable road users: 73%
Safety assist: 80%

The Cupra Born was crash tested by Euro NCAP in Summer 2022. Its collision tests resulted in impressive adult and child occupant protection scores when compared to the rest of the compact hatchback class.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 170kW E-Boost Electric RWD Automatic

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2022
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 10 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 9.3 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 9.6 / 10

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of May 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Cupra Born to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Born, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models285 milesA261 – 341 milesA – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models4.5 m/KWhA4.4 – 4.6 m/KWhA – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models26B25 – 28B – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£251B
Year 2£490A
Year 3£818A
Year 4£999A
Year 5£1,330A
Overall£3,888A

The Cupra Born is a very cheap car to run, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partners at Clear Vehicle Data.

Electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for petrol and diesel cars) is excellent, which helps the Born to achieve a very good driving range of 285 miles, according to the official government lab tests. This varies from 261 miles to 341 miles, depending on which model you choose.

Insurance costs should also be good, while scheduled servicing and maintenance costs are also likely to be excellent for the car’s first five years.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Cupra Born has received

2023

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Small Company Car
  • EcoCar Electrified Top 50 – Best Electric Hot Hatch

2022

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The Cupra Born is an all-electric hatchback commended for its practical interior and battery range, though reviewers find its performance underwhelming.Cupra Born