A star is born – or not? The first real Stromer from the now independent Cupra brand had to be done by an extensive full test. It is based on the same platform as the VW ID.3. He is only a copy of it?
The same technical basis is under the body of the new Cupra Born as in the VW ID.3, in the ID.4, in the Audi Q4 e-tron or in the Skoda Enyaq IV. All of these Stromer from the VW Group use the one developed since 2015 "Modular e-drive construction kit" (Meb). The Spaniard developed in the Martorell at home near Barcelona is consequently also built together with the e-tron and the IDS in the German plant Zwickau, which was converted specifically for the production of electric cars.
Our conclusion: strong e-premiere of Cupra, but not the better ID.3
The born (58 kWh, 150 kW) is a successful Cupra electricity premiere with a very beautiful, not too showy look, average consumption values, but not sensational range between 250 and about 360 kilometers. The quick charging with well over 100 kW also speaks for the born. In terms of dynamics, Cupra tricks similarly to the formentor: more appearance than his. He is not as aggressive as it shows. You are not allowed to expect a blatant deduction, but the Cupra also drives in strongly curvy areas like on rails.
Appropriate to the price range, the car is excellently equipped, a lot of it also makes sense, but the overloaded infotainment system with its only moderate loading planning requires a rapid new painting. The price -performance ratio is okay, but is not a real bargain. For comparison: a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range costs over 4.000 euros less than our test car, has a similarly large battery (60 kWh), is more economical on the highway and brings a more noticeable heat pump with it. However, the Model 3 offers limited possibilities to transport large ones due to its limousine design.
Cupra Born or VW ID.3? Anyone who is now wondering is spoiled for choice. Because there is actually nothing where one or the other vehicle is in fact ahead. And so it simply remains a matter of taste, whether they are a dynamic Spaniard or rather a modern ID.3 grasp.
Cupra Born: Price – almost identical than the ID.3
The Cupra Born is initially available in the variant with 150 kW with a 58 kWh battery – that’s exactly how our test car came. Later there will also be weaker and stronger models: 110 kW with 45 kWh of battery and 170 kW with 77 kWh of battery.
The most common variant will be with 58 kWh. Here the price starts at 37.220 euros. If you pull off the various funding, you should real with 27.650 euros will be there. This makes the Born 260 euros more expensive than the identical ID.3 with 58 kWh battery. Our test car added up to 47.667 euros. The biggest item is the Cupra Dinamica Pack with its special fabric seats (1.710 euros), the 20-inch alloy wheels and tires (1.350 euros), the pilot-L pack with 1.800 euros and the heat pump for 990 euros.
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Cupra Born: range, consumption, loading
The manufacturer promises a range of 424 kilometers to WLTP. We can’t do that in the test. In the mixing traffic of city, country and highway, almost 300 kilometers are in it at normal driving style and 20 degrees in the interior temperature. Our test took place at outside temperatures of 5 degrees, but with the range we already calculated the losses for heating power (about 1 kWh per 10 degrees). Through the city and land, they usually go over 300 kilometers when they still drive in Eco mode and prefer the seat heating instead of the blower, there should also be more than 350 kilometers in it. It gets leaner on the highway: at a constant speed of 130, more than 255 kilometers are rarely included.
When consumed, you have to adjust to 24.1 kWh per 100 kilometers on the highway – identical to the ID.3. In the city, the Born wants 19.5 kWh at 100 km (ID.3: 17.7 kWh), on land "swallowed" He least: 18.5 kWh – what is half a kWh less than with our test ID.3. All in all, the average values are, although we would have promised ourselves a tick with the absolute range.
If you want to reload, you can do this with 11 kilowatt alternating current via type 2 on a wall box. Then it takes 5.5 hours for the 58 kWh battery to be full again. Speaking of: At the end of our charging process, 60.92 kWh was on the clock.
It gets much faster on the fast loader. Because then you can load the battery full of up to 128 kW. In our test, the born invited up to almost 60 percent with 109 kW. Up to a charging level of 80 percent, the shop should be done in half an hour. It is quite possible that VW will also increase charging power for its MEB models in the course of 2022 over the air – then 135 to 150 kW of quick charging could be possible.
Cupra Born: Sporty body design
The Spaniards did not satisfy themselves, just an ID.To put 3 clapes on the tires. A few wishes could not be realized, one regrets at Cupra – for example a version with all -wheel drive. But where possible, they have been sharpened there. The body design, for example, that you have tailored around the MEB platform is much more sporty and aggressive than that of the other corporate power. From the dimensions, the born corresponds roughly to those of the VW ID.3: 4.322 mm long, 1.809 mm wide and 1.537 mm high with a wheelbase of 2.767 mm. In front, however, the body is 15, at the back of 10 mm lower. The born looks so closer to the street – almost as if it were sneaking up like a predator. And even with the tires, Cupra did not use pure energy saving, but more on optics: in addition to the 215 mm wide tires, which are on 18 or as with our test car for an additional charge of 1.350 euros are raised on 20-inch rims, you can also order 235 mm wide tires.
In addition, Cupra ensures chic 3D effects on the body (and also in the interior). The lush air inlets at the front give him a sporty face. The narrow full LED headlights with the usual jagged daytime running lights are new. Side sills, sharp fold lines that run over the entire length of the body and the couped swing of the roof to the rear spoiler are also responsible for the sporting look. At the rear, a lush diffuser and a – as is the usual – as with electricity – take attention to attention over the entire wide range of light bars.
In our eyes, the exterior mirrors are not very successful – they are simply too small, but the edge is too thick. In addition, we would have liked an electric tailgate that we did not find in the equipment list.
Cupra Born starts in leasing: Big platform makes a fair offer
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Cupra Born: driving behavior
The 203 hp born willingly delivers everything that makes an electric car so special today. In the city, the car, like every electric car, brings a lot of comfort with its automatic and easy handling. But there is real driving pleasure on winding routes off the city: the born is excellent on the street, whirring with its almost optimal weight distribution like on rails through the curves, we never had the feeling of wanting to want too much from the rear -wheel drive in the curve. As expected, the born drives on the highway as expected. As is often the case with electric cars, you will also have to be satisfied with the born at 160 km/h-but not a malus for us, after all, the focus on the electric car is somewhere else than at the highest speed. In direct comparison to the ID.3 The Born Zaggiger directs and is a tick agile. But that could also be due to the broader, low -speed tires. The born is still not a real sports car, from 0 to 100 it goes in a still manageable 7.3 seconds.
What is behind the e-boost?
The Cupra Born speaks to drivers who like it in terms of sport. If you want not only this in the optics, but also in the dynamics, you should wait until the performance model comes onto the streets in spring 2022. It offers 170 kW or 231 hp. Cupra uses the term "e-boost" a little full-bodied, which is basically nothing other than the possibility of pushing the engine power for around 300 kW/231 hp for around 30 seconds in a kickdown. So far we have not been able to test that, our test car came with 150 kW.
Cupra Born: interior, infotainment, space
If you climb into the born, it is immediately noticeable that Cupra is drawn out of the fund of his group colleagues here. We know the small front display that replaces the instrument panel from Skoda Enyaq IV. Even if it is minimalistic, it shows all the important information that you need and is far from being as overloaded as cockpit instruments from premium manufacturers such as Audi & Co.
The head-up display (surcharge 990 euros) deserves very big praise. It projects the most important information in front of the driver onto the windshield. The augmented reality overlaps, somewhat the driving instructions, are significantly better recognizable in light orange than the blue at Audi or ID.4.
The 12-inch infotainment system is also well known to us from the ENYAQ-but also of Cupra hybrid models such as the Formentor or the Leon Sportstourer. And this also applies to the born: the infotainment system is incredibly packed and requires a long getting used to it until you get through safely. In addition, almost everything has hiked into the touch display in terms of functions including heating control. Some people will first miss haptic buttons. And here, too, a simple return function is missing, so that you always have to hang back over the main menu. Here it is time for a comprehensive software update, even better: a completely fresh coat of paint-a shame that Cupra has placed less emphasis on it at its e-car premiere and is more likely to use the tried and tested.
Cupra has moved functional elements such as the gear selection lever to the side of the small but clear combination instrument – this switch is also known from the ID.3.
The multifunction steering wheel is not too thick, but criticism is hailing for the much sensitive touch keys. Here it happens again and again that we unintentionally trigger a command with the palm of your hand. In addition, the volume cannot be adjusted well, the touch function on the steering wheel is too spongy. The same applies to the speed setting on the cruise. A rocker switch would have been better here, but probably bothered the Cupra designers.
The sports scarf seats at the front can be adjusted enough, are comfortable and offer great side attitude even on long journeys. There was a massage function on our test car, on top of that, quite nice, but no real must. By the way: the fabric consists of recycled plastic waste from the sea and floors and feels like Alcantara. Here Cupra works with the Seaqual company. Whether this was the reason why our test car smelled a little differently/muster than usual new cars – it can only be speculated. The special cupra hole pattern in the seats is only available in the Cupra Dinamica Pack package and costs juicy 1.710 euros extra. We think: Save this in the configuration, especially since in our test car on the passenger side of the fabric folds threw on the seam.
The place in the back is available in terms of class: usually sufficient, with large passengers it becomes a bit tight. Behind the loading flap, a trunk with 385 liters of volume opens – around a quarter more than with a VW Golf, but identical to the VW ID.3. We have been able to transport a larger one more easily, even a washing machine should still fit in well.
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Cupra Born: app and cell phone integration
The My Cupra app is unspectacular. It shows the battery status and thus an estimated range. There are functions such as starting or stopping the air conditioning or charging. To create routines, you have to put them on in the infotainment system in the car yourself – five pieces are possible. This cannot be done in the app. After all, an air -conditioned end of the app can be planned via the app. Where the car is standing is not clear about the card function. Here the app only shows the current location of the cell phone on Google Maps.
If we are already on the cell phone: Android Auto and Apple Car Play work without hesitation – without cables when the cell phone is in the inductive charging cradle. The only criticism: If you want to use Google Maps instead of the Cupra-navis, the directional instructions are only displayed in the tap, but not in the head-up display. The hands -free system deserves a lot of praise: the voices are very well received on both sides, the driver sounds very present to the caller, ambient noise hardly gets with him. We cannot complain about speech recognition either: announcements for navigation and radio were usually implemented, but spoken attitudes to the heating did not recognize the Born.
Cupra Born: driving assistant, cruise control, loading planning
In a price range of 47.000 euros in which our test car is located, you can expect all common driving assistants. And they do their job well too. The lane assistant keeps hanging between the left and right lane marking, so it does not recognize the real lane in the road, but makes it quite skillful. If you forget the turn signal when changing lanes, he only gently admonishes that you leave the lane. If that is not enough, you can set a vibration message. The adaptive cruise control serves very well when taking over speed limits.
A real malus is (still) the loading planning: although we had a distance of 140 kilometers ahead of us and the range showed 180 kilometers, the Born planned a loading stop – probably because it was mainly on the highway. But instead of navigating us to a large motorway service area at the charging stop, the born wanted to lead us from the highway into a village, but whose charging column assignment he did not know. That doesn’t make sense. It is to be hoped that Cupra will release a comprehensive software update for the infotainment system as soon as possible, which also improves when planning the loading. Perhaps a hand will also be created in the tones: the warning tones of the park sensors are very, very loud, that is annoying with tight garage entrances. Even the indicators should not be quite as penetratingly loudly. Hey Cupra, the volume adapts to your so wonderfully quiet electric car!
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This article was written by Lisa Brack
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