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With a theoretical range of over 300 miles, the Cupra Born 77kWh e-Boost gets longer legs but they come at a price

As is the way with electric cars, the normal rules don’t apply. If you want the fastest-accelerating Cupra Born, you don’t actually want this, the most expensive version. Instead, you need the 228bhp e-Boost version with the smaller battery. Less weight, you see.

Still, with the biggest battery (77kWh usable), this particular Born e-Boost is the one with the longest range. The theory is 305-340 miles and in the real world that bears out as high-200s, so ever so slightly ahead of cars like the Kia e-Niro.

Being ‘the schporty one’, the Cupra gets more power than its Volkswagen ID 3 sibling. With 228bhp and 229lb ft, it’ll accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.0sec (7.3sec for the ID 3, 6.6sec for the 58kWh e-Boost Born).

Inside, our test car is the top-spec V3 version, so it gets the lovely Granite Grey Dinamica electric seats that are grippy and relatively figure hugging. There’s also a nice design detail in the fabric, so it feels special, albeit not £42k special. The V3 also gets 20in wheels as standard.

In terms of dynamic ability, this particular Born is no different from the others. That’s no bad thing: with its rear-wheel drive, it tilts towards a bit more handling dynamism than is normal in this class. It’s no Ford Fiesta ST, but the chassis is at least a bit more adjustable on the throttle than those of other supermini EVs.

Like all Borns, the e-Boost models get adaptive dampers as a £790 option (fitted to our car), so it rides with a compliance that’s welcome on a long journey. The caveat to this is that the normal springs are also surprisingly comfortable, albeit with a little less give, so either way you’re good.

As we’ve touched on, the range is impressive and gives the Cupra more flexibility. My commute is over 100 miles so, certainly in summer, I can get away with a round trip with no charging in this model. All of a sudden, that’s making this EV a stand-up rival for cars like the ICE Volkswagen Golf. This is a genuinely usable machine.

If we’re honest, that’s probably the sole reason to get this version of the Born as the power deficit of the 201bhp model isn’t a deal breaker. Crucially, that lower power output also drops it under £40k.

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michael knight 26 July 2022
maybe it's me but I find these far too OTT with the gold trim and weird logo. Reminds me of a gaming laptop. Not for me ta.
The Dr 26 July 2022

This car looks ok but it does not stack up from a cost perspective. £42k is basically what I paid for my Ioniq 5 Premium 73kw. That car has a similar range (currently get 320 miles), but it is considerable bigger, more upmarket, innovative and desirable with more power to boot. Also it can be charged to 80% on a high KW charger in 18 minutes, slam dunk!

Dozza 26 July 2022

Looks a lot better that an ID.3 especially the interior. Why is it that these cars were advertised at a starting price of £25k when they were first rumoured? Can we not have a version with say 150bhp that is actually affordable?

lukeski 26 July 2022

Hi Dozza, the issue is with electric cars, that power is cheap and batteries are expensive. having extra power has limited impact on range. So a low power car is an unnattractive proposition, as it is only slighly cheaper, but looks slow compared to an ICE car. So while battery prices are still very high, and people rightly or wrongly prioritise range  manufacturers take the decision that a 40k car with decent range and quick vs an ICE is much easier to sell. Than a 32k car with poor range and not quick vs an ICE. At least that is how i see it. This is why electric cars started with large, expensive, premioum cars, where the wieght and cost of batteries had a lower impact, and speed was valued more highly. (Plus more of these are company cars which have a bigger tax benefit for EV vs for a private buyer.)

xxxx 26 July 2022

I agree with some of your points but not the one about electric cars started as large expensive premium versions doesn't quite hold water with the Zoe and forgotten LEAF not really being that large or premium.

BenzinBob 26 July 2022

They were quite expensive though