Trial Cupra Born 170 kW (2021)

Trial Cupra Born 170 kW (2021)

What is this?

The youngest child knows by now that the Seat Leon is the Spanish Golf. The Volkswagen Group is also continuing that line in its EV offensive. The ID.3 launched in 2020 will therefore have a Spanish variant, not under the Seat brand name, but Cupra. It is essentially the same car, but with a little sportier sauce and in the case of this 170 kW version also a more powerful engine. Also more specific:

  • The body is largely the same as the ID.3, but the Cupra Born will have its nose and butt, making it a few centimeters longer.
  • It is available with 45, 58 or 77 kWh, and a motor of 110, 150 or 170 kW respectively.
  • Theoretical driving ranges from 340 to 540 km.
  • Belgian price from 37,220 euros to 44,660 euros, slightly more expensive than the ID.3.

The competition

  • That’s mainly internal, because with the same chassis and the same price, the Cupra Born doesn’t keep much distance from the VW ID.3. The Hyundai Kona Electric plays in the same way, but it’s not as sporty and it also doesn’t have the real EV architecture. Born’s most expensive even comes close to the Tesla Model 3.

Test conditions

  • First class in and around Barcelona, ​​​​with a mix of city traffic and beautiful mountain roads.

You don’t have to look twice to see the roots of Born…

Like ID.3, Cupra Born 2021 will be assembled in the Zwickau factory (Germany), and in order not to make it too difficult – and above all to save the costs of the bodywork press – it will have the same function. . The full MPV stance and long wheelbase and short intakes, however, give that the bones are right.

The architecture is therefore also similar, better known as the MEB platform, with the battery in the middle below and the motor just in front of the rear wheels. As in the ID.3, the packaging is efficient, because with a length of about 4.3 meters the Cupra Born easily accommodates four adults.

Are the interiors also very similar?

While we understand that building electric cars is expensive and that sometimes it’s necessary to save money, we gave Volkswagen a thumbs up for the minimal interior decoration of the ID.3. The Spanish are doing better. Cupra Born will have its dashboard that takes the basic principles, and unfriendly operation through the central touch screen, but the choice of materials is better, and occasional accents are covered in dinamica (sustainable alternative to Alcantara) .

Well-fitting sports seats are also standard, although, as in most EVs, you’re a little higher than you’re used to from, for example, Seat’s Leon. The Cupra Born suit is not very big, because of the high floor. Below is the engine.

A sports bike, right?

Not amust. There are 3 versions of the Cupra Born battery, with 45, 58 or 77 kWh, and a motor of 110, 150 or 170 kW respectively, although you can also combine the latter with a 58 kWh battery. The 170 kilowatt engine, equivalent to 231 hp, uses a package called ‘E-boost’, which also includes lowered sports suspension and adaptive ESP (only with wide tires).

With a sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 7 seconds, this Cupra Born has more than enough power for any traffic situation. But it was over all its average consumption that pleasantly surprised us: 15.4 kWh/100 km, on a mixed course and sometimes at a fast pace. Each version has a permanent magnet synchronous motor, and even the entry-level version can reach 100 km / h in less than 9 seconds.

Did you enjoy the back-wheel drive in Born?

As we are used to from Kiti – excuse: Cupra – chassis modifications are more oriented than Volkswagen. The steering is set to be fun and because of the good balance of weight and the rear wheel drive you can with this good thing jakkeren. Cupra Mode serves this purpose, which you activate via a button on the steering wheel.

For normal use of the Cupra Born, Comfort mode is recommended and it is very important to use the energy storage as efficiently as possible. So get relief, and that’s what the predictive driving assistance is for, which keeps an eye on things and will slow down when approaching an obstacle if the driver doesn’t. You can also activate position B, which instantly revs up more aggressively, so you can drive without touching the brake pedal. A matter of preference.

It’s not cheap…

The price is determined by the battery, but nevertheless the Born is slightly more expensive than the Volkswagen ID.3. With the standard equipment we see some extras such as a heated steering wheel or a reversing camera, but you still have to pay for the navigation system or most of the safety equipment used. The heat pump is also unusual.

AutoWorld’s verdict?

The Spanish division comes with a more convincing product than the parent company from Wolfburg. Not that the Cupra Born is flawless; ergonomics, for example, is not good enough. But this electric car is decorated in a better way than the VW ID.3, and the handling is enhanced in such a way that this MEB’er turns out to be a very enjoyable car. Unfortunately, the base price remains on the high side compared to a car with a combustion engine, although the lower running costs are the compensation.