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
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.
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.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe all-electric Cupra Born offers a sporty edge over its EV hatchback rivals
- 2Engines, performance and driveWith brisk rather than seriously rapid EV performance, the Born has just enough punch for a sporty hatchback
- 3Range, charging and running costsLonger journeys shouldn’t pose any problems as the top-spec Born provides more than 300 miles of range and decent charging ability
- 4Interior, design and technologySporty looks and strong standard equipment levels, but the Born’s interior quality could be better
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingUseful boot space, decent comfort and practical standard kit help to widen the appeal of the Cupra Born
- 6Reliability and safetyCupra includes excellent safety equipment for the Born, while reliability should be strong