Skip advert
Advertisement
In-depth reviews

Cupra Born 2023 review – interior and tech

Flashes of colour and fabric trims lift the cabin, but there are fundamental ergonomic flaws

Cupra Born UK – dash
Evo rating
Price
from £36,475
  • More engaging than an ID.3
  • The MG4 is better value

Climb into a Born and that sense of driving something fundamentally different continues. The MEB underpinnings enable generous interior space for the overall footprint, but the Born’s cabin is a cosier, sportier place to be than an ID.3, with a high central tunnel offering a large storage bin inside. 

Poke around and some of the plastics feel a touch low rent, but the overall ambience is lifted by a smattering of copper trim accents and recycled fabric upholstery (even if the deep dashboard and front quarter windows have a whiff of MPV about them). The tall body shape gives the cabin a spacious feel, and rear passengers aren’t short changed on head or leg room. Oddly, the 77kWh Born gets a different rear bench with no middle seatbelt, making it a strict four seater.

Advertisement - Article continues below

It doesn’t have the space-age, unconventional feel of a Tesla inside, but some will prefer the Born’s more familiar cabin architecture. We just wish the user interface had more traditional elements, because the ergonomics are a step backwards from older-generation hatchbacks.

The lack of physical knobs and controls makes simple tasks more attention-sapping than they really ought to be on the move, and Cupra’s heavily digitised approach hides key functions behind layers of distracting menus on the 12-inch touchscreen. It can be enormously frustrating in a car that’s otherwise refreshingly simple and easy to drive.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

New EU tyre rules could save motorists £6 billion in new tyres
Tyres
News

New EU tyre rules could save motorists £6 billion in new tyres

400 million tyres per year are replaced before reaching the legal limit for tread depth, but new EU regulations will make tyres safer right down to 1.…
17 Jul 2024
Theon Design GBR003 2024 review – a Porsche 911 Targa with GT3 performance
Theon Design GBR003
Reviews

Theon Design GBR003 2024 review – a Porsche 911 Targa with GT3 performance

For its third UK commission, the Oxfordshire-based Porsche restorer and enhancer has turned its attention to a Targa, and the result is out of this wo…
19 Jul 2024
This is our best look yet at Ferrari’s brand new hypercar
Ferrari hypercar test mule
Spy shots

This is our best look yet at Ferrari’s brand new hypercar

The LaFerrari successor will bring Ferrari’s motorsport and road car programs closer than ever, with sophisticated aero and a new hybrid powertrain
22 Jul 2024