Cupra Born review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

Useful boot space, decent comfort and practical standard kit help to widen the appeal of the Cupra Born

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

3.5 out of 5

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Although the Born has a sporting bias, it still offers decent levels of comfort; there are plenty of soft-touch materials used in the cabin, while we’d recommend the optional Dinamica bucket seats which are particularly supportive.

For a sharply-styled hatchback, all-round visibility is generally good, although we found things a little awkward at times - particularly at off-set junctions. Clear sight was hindered slightly by the large A-pillar, while the deep dashboard design and small front quarter window didn’t provide much help to alleviate the issue. 

Cupra has been pretty generous with levels of standard equipment for the Born, and it features a lot of kit that improves overall comfort and practicality; LED headlights, automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and a rear-view camera are available on the entry V1 model, while the V2 adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a augmented reality head-up display. For those in need of extra luxury, the top-spec V3 trim features 12-way electrically-adjustable Dinamica bucket seats with a massage function.

Size

At 4,322mm long, the Born extends an extra 61mm over the closely-related Volkswagen ID.3, although both all-electric hatchbacks are 1,809mm wide. As you might expect, the sporty Born sits lower to the ground (compared to the ID.3) at 1,540mm versus 1,568mm.

Leg room, head room and passenger space

Space up front is good, while a flat floor means that rear passengers should find it easy to get comfortable. Looking at the Born’s low, sporty stance, you might think rear headroom would be compromised, but it’s perfectly fine for all but the tallest of occupants.

Boot

With a 385-litre boot, the Born offers a few litres extra luggage capacity over a Volkswagen Golf, but can’t compete with the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric’s 440-litre load space.

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