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2023 Cupra Born price and specs

Key Points

  • Australia’s first sporty five-door hatch priced from $59,990
  • RWD with long range battery and up to 511km range
  • One variant, two option packs – but both remove a seat

Australia’s first electric five-door warm hatchback has arrived, the Cupra Born – and is aimed squarely at the Tesla Model 3 sedan.

Priced from $59,990 before on-road costs, the Cupra Born provides up to 511km of claimed WLTP range with a 170kW/310Nm rear-driven electric motor, a 12-inch infotainment system, and front bucket seats made from upcycled marine plastic as standard.

The Born is eligible for select Australian electric car incentives, including the fringe benefits tax (FBT) exemption for fleets.

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Sold exclusively in the largest battery configuration available in overseas markets, the small electric car is capable of charging on up to 11kW AC and 170kW DC speeds.

The Spanish-badged sporty hatch also marks the first Volkswagen Group product based on the dedicated Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) platform to land in Australia, ahead of the related Volkswagen ID.3 itself.

The Born’s closest rival to date is the three-door Mini Electric and long range Nissan Leaf e+, with the forthcoming Abarth 500e electric hot hatch coming in late 2023. But, its pricing competes with popular Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2.

The Cupra Born will launch in Australia from March or April 2023, with pre-ordering now open.

Cupra Born Key Specs

Blue Cupra Born driving on track

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Cupra Born Price and Models

Grey Cupra Born driving in rural Australian sunset with rear tail lights on

Cupra Born – $59,990 before on-road costs

Exterior19-inch Typhoon black and copper alloy wheels
LED head- and tail lights with auto high beam assist
Front fog lights integrated into headlights
Rear roof spoiler
Heated power folding mirrors
Rain sensing wipers
Mode 3 Type 2 to Type 2 charging cable
InteriorSeaqual front bucket seats
Five-seat black interior with copper and suede accents
Ambient lighting
Heated leather steering wheel
Floor mats
Aluminium pedals
Rear tinted windows
Technology12-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto
5.3-inch digital driver’s display
Qi wireless phone charger
4x USB-C ports
Safety assistAuto emergency braking with pedestrian/cyclist detection
Rear cross traffic alert and exit warning side assist
Lane keeping assist
Park assist
Adaptive cruise control
360-degree view camera
Driver attention warning
Pre-crash assist
Tyre pressure warning system
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Cupra Born Options

  • Standard paint – no cost: Vapor Grey
  • Metallic paint – no cost: Glacial White; Greyser Silver; Quasar Grey; Rayleigh Red
  • Premium paint – $495: Aurora Blue

Interior Package – $2900:

  • Four-seats (two-seat rear row)
  • Aurora Blue Dinamica heated suede front bucket seats
  • 12-way power adjustable front seats with massage function
  • Nine-speaker Beats premium sound system (395W amplifier)
  • Heated washing jets

Performance Package – $2600:

  • Four-seats (two-seat rear row)
  • 475km reduced WLTP range
  • Adaptive damping
  • 20-inch Firestorm black and silver alloy wheels
  • 235mm Michelin Pilot Sport 4 wide tyres

Cupra Born Warranty and Servicing

Grey Cupra Born tail lights in mirror

The Born is covered by a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.

Cupra hasn't detailed the Born's battery warranty, nor capped price servicing intervals and costs.

But, its plug-in hybrids are backed by an eight-year/160,000km battery warranty and all other Cupra models currently come with three years of free servicing.

How does the Cupra Born compare to other EVs?

The Cupra Born is similarly-sized with the Nissan Leaf and three-door Mini Electric, plus small SUVs like the BYD Atto 3 and Hyundai Kona Electric.

The Cupra Born compares favourably across range, acceleration and charging.

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