Cupra has chosen all the best bits from the MEB parts bin including the most powerful motor (biggest the ID.3 offers is 204PS) and the largest, 77kWh battery for a range of 335 miles in the official WLTP test. It’s also gone for a 125kW fast-charging system that can add 62 miles range in seven minutes.
Cupra is also making full use of the modular nature of MEB by having a range of Borns, although with the entry version getting 150PS and an 8.9 second 0-62mph time it’s more Seat than Cupra, a brand remember that started off by standing for CUP RAcing.
The Born is being made in one of the VW Group sausage factories in Germany but it has been designed in Spain and shows it. There’s nothing radical about the proportions or profile, and certainly no wild aero addenda, but it has a strong stance on its 20-inch wheels and the details impress for looking both sporting and expensive. There’s character in the LED lights, copper-framed accents, 3D-textured C-pillar and contrasting side sills. The wheels (six styles available) help make it stand out too.