Cupra Born review - Interior, design and technology

Sporty looks and strong standard equipment levels, but the Born’s interior quality could be better

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

3.5 out of 5

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From the outside, the Born definitely plays the part of a sporty hatch well. Its low-slung stance and short overhangs are complemented by chunky alloy wheels (20-inch on V3 models), while Cupra copper accents at the front and rear help give a distinctive look.

Take a peek inside the cabin and you’ll be able to spot the similarities to the Volkswagen ID.3, although the Born feels more stylish with plusher suede finishes, front sport seats and more copper detailing. We still think overall quality could do with a lift in places, however, especially considering the £35k starting price.

Cupra has designed the Born with a younger buyer in mind, and aside from nailing its sporty brief, it also includes decent levels of onboard technology. Entry V1 models feature a 12-inch infotainment screen with integrated sat-nav, a 5.3-inch Digital Cockpit display and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, while upgrading to the V2 specification adds a head-up display.

A standard three-year ‘Remote Access’ subscription allows you to control certain functions of your car using the SEAT Connect app on your smartphone - you can perform tasks such as pre-warming the cabin, remotely lock/unlocking the car and scheduling a service.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Infotainment duties in the Born are taken care of by the above-mentioned 12-inch central touchscreen. Cupra utilises its own software to run the Born’s onboard technology, but employs VW Group hardware which means owners have to endure the awkward design found in the Volkswagen ID.3. 

Operating a function via the screen, particularly when on the move, is more difficult than it should be; while swiping through menus it’s all too easy to adjust the volume or air-conditioning levels via the touch-sensitive panel at the base of the display. The buttons on the multi-function steering wheel aren’t particularly responsive, either.

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