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Cupra Born 2023 review – performance and 0-60 time

All Borns are quick off the mark, but the powertrain runs out of steam at higher speeds

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

Performance is pretty even across all Born models. The 203bhp 58kW version reaches 60mph in 7.3sec, with the 228bhp 58kW e-Boost shaving seven tenths from that time. The extra weight of the 77kWh model does take the edge off the Born’s straight-line punch, but it still achieves a respectable 7sec 0-62mph sprint.

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The e-Boost function injects just a little more pep into the Born’s already strong initial acceleration; it’s good for a quick overtake, but as the speeds rise the acceleration tails off noticeably as is typical with most EVs. 

In the smaller battery model without the e-Boost function the performance bleeds off earlier still, hitting an invisible brick wall as you reach motorway speeds, pegging your progress but aiding your range. If you were to venture on track (not that we’d recommend this), the lack of top-end acceleration and a 99mph top speed would make you crave a Cupra Leon within a lap.

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