Cupra Born review - Reliability and safety

Cupra includes excellent safety equipment for the Born, while reliability should be strong

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability and safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

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As part of the wider VW Group, Cupra is able to use the same all-electric MEB platform for the Born as the Volkswagen ID.3, with both hatchbacks produced at the Zwickau plant in Germany. We’d expect reliability to be pretty solid, particularly given the part-sharing across the brands.

Although Cupra itself didn’t feature in our Driver Power survey of the best manufacturers, parent company SEAT finished in 17th position (out of 29 brands) with Volkswagen one place behind. With other mainstream auto-makers such as Kia and Hyundai fast developing a reputation for producing accomplished all-electric cars, along with delivering impressive customer service, SEAT (and Cupra) will want to improve on its mid-table finish.

Industry safety body Euro NCAP awarded the Born a five-star rating, with scores of 93 per cent for adult occupant safety and 89 per cent for child passenger protection. An 80 per cent score for safety assist systems reflects the Born’s strong levels of standard kit; all models include adaptive cruise control with speed limiter, a forward collision warning with automatic braking, a Driver Alert System, lane assist and road sign recognition.

Warranty

The Born comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard, although you can extend cover for an extra two years at additional cost. The batteries for all-electric Cupra models are warrantied for up to eight-years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Servicing

Cupra advises servicing for its all-electric vehicles occurs every two years. The manufacturer offers its e-Care servicing plans for the Cupra covering either two, three or four years. Prices start from £11 per month.

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