The Cupra Born is "the electric car for car lovers", as we read in the enclosed press release. It offers "a sporty design, powerful electric motors, [...] rear-wheel drive and maximum driving pleasure. "But if we then look further, we see that the specifications of the Cupra Born almost match those of the Volkswagen ID.3.
Like the ID.3, the Born comes in two power versions: 150 hp or 204 hp. To make the Cupra a bit different from the Volkswagen, an e-Boost Performance package is available from 2022. That puts the power at 231 hp. With that, the Born sprints to 100 km / h in 6.6 seconds (if you have the 58 kWh battery). In combination with the 77 kWh battery, this is 7.0 seconds.
Cupra specifies a range of 420 and 540 kilometers respectively for both e-Boost Performance versions (which is less than Volkswagen states for the ID.3). Next year there will also be a variant with a 45 kWh battery. The Born can fast charge with 125 kW. If you find the right charging station, you will be back at 80 percent charge level after about 35 minutes.
Cupra doesn't say it in so many words, but we assume that the suspension and steering are set marginally different compared to the Volkswagen ID.3. The Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) - which is also available on the ID.3 - has four driving modes: Range, Comfort, Individual and Cupra.
The Cupra Born is a few inches shorter than the ID.3, but that's just because of the bumpers, which protrude a little less. The electric hatchback comes on 18-inch wheels as standard; 19- or 20-inch is also possible. Sports seats are fitted as standard in the cab. The dashboard has the same layout as that of the ID.3, but differs in design.
We have bad news for electric drivers who are waiting for a Seat version of the Volkswagen ID.3. There will not be one. Seat has decided that the Born will only be reserved for Cupra. In the Netherlands, the Cupra Born will be on the market later this year. It can be ordered from June.
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