We test the more powerful version of the Cupra Born and the Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric. The Cupra Born delivers 204 hp as standard, but this is the 231 hp eBoost version. In Renault, the jump in power is even greater, because the Megane E-Tech Electric is available with 130 or 220 hp. The Born (310 Nm) and Megane (300 Nm) are also quite similar in terms of torque. As they also kept the big battery pack almost the same: 58 kWh for the Born, 60 kWh for the Megane.
The true type of Cupra was born, the Renault Megane
The Cupra comes out of the starting blocks fast, but the Renault recovers and is the first to hit the top speed of 160 km/h. Cupra also has a limited top speed of 160 km/h. The sprint to 100 takes 6.5 seconds with the Cupra Born and 7.4 seconds with the Renault Megane.
In terms of power consumption, they are also fairly similar, with a test consumption of 18.5 kWh/100 km for the Born and 18.3 kWh/100 km for the 137 kg lightweight Megane E-Tech Electric. 300 for both test cars. Economy drivers try to squeeze 376 km from the Cupra’s battery and get 400 km with the Renault.
Fast charging is just as fast
When it’s time to charge, you can count on the Renault Megane to pull the bottom of any charging station or wall box. Renault is installing a powerful 22 kW charger on board. Cupra Born charges at home and on the road with a maximum of 11 kW. Fast charging Megane E-Tech Electric with a maximum of 130 kW and Born is stuck at 120 kW. However, the French pay peak is so short-lived that the benefit of time is minimal. Both EVs charge up to 80 percent in about 35 minutes.
In the Renault Megane you can control the braking energy recovery with the paddles behind the steering wheel. There are four positions, ranging from free coasting to hard standing. The Cupra’s rider has little input: there is only an additional B position to slow down when the throttle is released.
It is surprising that when two giants in the automotive world create a new electric hatchback, their designs show many similarities. Cupra Born Born 58 kWh eBoost and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric EV60 220 hp have the same power and their battery packs are the same size. Power consumption and fast charging capabilities are also no different.
Perhaps we expected the move to EVs to turn the automotive world upside down, with huge differences between models. But in terms of utility, performance and range, the Cupra and Renault perform almost equally. So there is no clear winner in these parts.