As so often is the case with many models within the wider Volkswagen Group, the Cupra Born is an excellent car to drive.
The handling is assured, smooth and controlled. It balances a feeling of weightiness but still feels agile enough to offer you that sharp responsiveness we all crave from a hatchback.
Cupra have also done a great job of limiting the internal noise inside the cabin. We found there to be very little crosswind noise through the front pillars – a common problem among EVs due to the lack of engine. However, tyre noise was still prevalent.
The instant torque makes the Born feel suitably nippy in and around urban environments and at 204PS – it doesn’t feel lacking in power.
There are a few things to consider, however. The positioning of the drive selector toggle is odd. It’s attached to the 5.3” Digital Cockpit display behind the wheel, but the steering wheel itself blocks your visibility of it on the move.
This is something that will become less of a problem over time as muscle memory kicks in and you familiarise yourself with the car, but it can’t be ignored early on.
For the most part, you have fantastic visibility at all angles, though carrying taller passengers in the back might hinder your rear visibility.
The Born doesn’t operate a full one-pedal drive system, but it does have some of the strongest regenerative braking I’ve experienced – even when not in B mode, which you can activate if you feel the need to increase it.
However, with exceptional comfort levels and an easy to drive nature, the Born excels as both a motorway cruiser and in and around town, with fantastic maneuverability and a very tight and concise turning circle.