‘Cupra Born’ name confirmed for EV hot hatch: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne and James Allen
Nick Lette van Oostvoorne and James Allen
February 22, 2021

The Cupra Born will be the Spanish brand’s first all-electric vehicle and one of the first performance-oriented EV hatchbacks on sale when it hits showrooms in 2021. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming electric car.

  • Cupra Born name confirmed
  • Cupra’s first all-electric car
  • Sporty styling inside and out
  • Similar size to Cupra Leon hatch
  • Claimed range of 310 miles
  • Compatible with fast charging points
  • Performance specs yet to be confirmed
  • On sale in 2021
  • Expected to cost from £40,000

Cupra has confirmed that its first purpose-built electric car will be a sporty EV based on the VW ID3, called the Cupra Born. This new model will go on sale in 2021 as an alternative to other battery-powered family cars such as the Renault Zoe and the Nissan Leaf.

New Cupra Born EV design

The new Cupra Born looks pretty similar to the Volkswagen ID3, especially from the side thanks to its stubby nose, sharp creases and contrasting rear pillar. There are a few Cupra-exclusive styling cues, however, such as the bolder headlights with angular daytime-running lights, contrasting side skirts and a larger fake grille in the front bumper.

Like the Formentor (shown here) the el-Born will be offered with fewer contrasting copper trims. 

The new Cupra Born will be available with plenty of copper accents on its alloy wheels and bumpers – just like other Cupra models. However, you’ll probably be able to spec your car with some more subtle colour combinations, such as the all-black Cupra Formentor shown in the picture above.

New Cupra Born EV interior

Like its exterior, the Cupra Born’s cabin shares a great deal with the VW ID3, but you’ll get a set of more supportive sports seats along with a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel (complete with a pair of ‘Cupra Mode’ buttons to give you easy access to the car’s sportiest driving modes.)

The dashboard has a very similar minimalist layout to the VW ID3, too, with very few physical buttons (you’ll control most things using the large central touchscreen or buttons on the steering wheel.)

You can expect the Cupra Born to have a decent amount of head and leg room for passengers (just like in the VW ID3) and the boot should be able to hold around 380 litres of luggage.

New Cupra Born EV performance

Cupra is a spinoff performance brand from SEAT, so you can expect the new Born to feel sportier than the average small electric car to drive. That said, Cupra has kept the car’s performance stats under wraps for now, besides confirming it’ll accelerate from 0-31mph in 2.9 seconds. That sort of pace should make it feel impressively nippy in town.

Watch our VW ID.3 review video

It’s likely the new Cupra Born will come with the same 204hp electric motor as high-spec versions of the Volkswagen ID3. Using the VW as a reference, you can expect the Born electric car to accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds, and reach a 99mph top speed. Don’t rule out the possibility of faster models appearing in coming years, too.

New Cupra Born EV range and charging

The Cupra Born will come with a 77kWh battery pack that Cupra claims can store enough charge for you to drive for up to 310 miles. That’s less than the 336 miles of range VW quotes for the ID3 with the same sized battery pack, though it’s still pretty good for an electric car of this size.

Watch our electric-car range test

Plug the new Born electric car into a 100kW charging point, and you can add up to 161 miles worth of charge to the batteries in as little as 30 minutes. You’ll probably still need to plug it in overnight to get a full charge from an 11kW wall box at home, however.

New Cupra Born EV prices and release date

Cupra hasn’t announced a specific release date for the Born yet, though it has confirmed the car will go on sale sometime in late 2021. You can expect it to cost from around £40,000 when it goes on sale, which is approximately the same as a high-spec Volkswagen ID3.

Not sure which new car to buy? Compare the best new electric cars on sale or check out our in-depth Cupra car reviews for more info. 

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