Cupra Born, the real consumption test

The Cupra Born is the first electric car from Seat’s sports subsidiary. The five-door compact car is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB architecture, as is the technically closely related VW ID.3.

Visually, the Born presents itself dynamically. To find out whether the car is also energy efficient, we put the basic version with the 150 kW (204 hp) rear motor and the 58 kWh battery in our weekly consumption test. Results ? An excellent average of 13.70 kWh/100 km.

If we charge with domestic electricity 0.17 euros per kilowatt hour, we therefore obtain an electricity cost of 2.32 euros per 100 kilometers. But if you charge at a full rate (0.79 euros per kWh) on an Ionity fast terminal, the costs amount to 10.82 euros per 100 km.

Among the best electric cars in terms of electricity consumption

Thanks also to the summer temperatures during our test, the Cupra Born tops the charts in our test results – among the best electric cars.

Cupra Born

With its 13.7 kWh/100 km, the Born is more economical than the larger BMW iX3 (13.8 kWh/100 km), which was tested at similar temperatures. The Tesla Model 3 Standard Plus (14.7 kWh/100 km), la Tesla Model Y Large Autonomy (15.8 kWh/100 km) et la VW ID. 3 (17.2 kWh/100 km) also performed less well, but these models were tested at lower temperatures.

The Skoda Enyaq iV 80 (13.3 kWh/100 km), la Nissan Leaf 40 kWh (13.1 kWh/100 km), la Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh (12.0 kWh/100 km) et la Renault Zoe R135 (11.0 kWh/100 km) did better than the Cupra Born.

A sporty chassis, but not harsh

The Cupra Born tested by our Italian colleagues, with its 150 kW rear-wheel drive and 58 kWh battery, is already fitted as standard with LED headlights, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, sports seats, a screen 12-inch touch screen and a 5.3-inch dashboard.

With some packs and options like the Pilot Pack L (not offered in France), the Tech M Pack, the panoramic glass roof, the 20-inch rims and the metallic paint, the price in Italy amounts to just over 49,000 euros. In France, the engine/battery combination is displayed in the configurator from €43,800 without options and packs. Add the Aurore Blue (€955) and 20-inch Blizzard rims (€1445) seen in the test photos, and the price jumps straight to €46,200.

Cupra Born

The Cupra Born offers excellent perceived quality, a sleek design and very satisfying handling. The 204 electric horsepower does not make it a sports car, but the Born provides driving pleasure in any situation thanks to its precise and safe adjustments, without appearing harsh.

Cupra Born

Consistently low fuel consumption and range of approximately 400 km

In daily use, at least when the outside temperature is around 30 degrees, the Cupra Born remains very economical with fairly constant consumption in different traffic situations. This is also the case in city traffic and on the highway.

Cupra Born Launch Edition

Thanks to a usable battery capacity of 58kWh, the Born has a range of 300-400km in practice, with peaks of over 700km on an ideal country road at a steady, moderate speed.

The maximum charging power, up to 11 kW AC, is average. Direct current is faster: 120 kW maximum. Enough to charge from 10 to 80% in just over half an hour.

Here are our results for electricity consumption and range in different traffic situations:

  • Urban: 13.3 kWh / 100 km, 435 km of autonomy
  • Urban and extra-urban mix: 13.8 kWh / 100 km, 417 km of autonomy
  • Highway: 18.2 kWh/100 km, 331 km range
  • Eco-driving: 10.0 kWh/100 km, 716 km range

Official technical sheet

Model Energy Powerful Power consumption
Cupra Born 150 kW Electricity 150 kW (204 ch) 15,5-18,0 kWh 58 kWh 418 km

Test data

Model : Cupra Born 58 kW
Starting price : 41.100 euro
Test date : 06/06/2022
Weather report : Sunny, 35°/ Sunny, 23°
Energy price: € 0.25 / kWh (electricity for domestic charging) – € 0.79 / kWh for HPC charging
Number of kilometers traveled : 1033 km
Mileage at the start of the test : 2151 km
Average speed during the test : 74 km / h
Tires : Continental EcoContact 6 – 215/45 R20 95T XL + (Étiquette UE: A, A, 72 dB)


Actual average : 13.70 kWh/100 km (7.30 km/kWh)
Board computer : 13.70 kWh/100 km

Usage costs

“Actual” expenditure : € 12.33 with domestic top-up (€ 38.96 at full Ionity price)
Monthly expense : € 27.40 with domestic top-up (€ 86.58 at full Ionity price) <800 km par mois>
How many kilometers for 20 €? 584 km with domestic charging (185 km at full Ionity price)
How many kilometers on a full tank? 423 km