Archibalds CUPRA Reviews the All-New, All-Electric Born
The CUPRA Born stands out from the crowd – both on paper and in person. As one of the very few electric hatchbacks currently available, it’s quickly carving out a niche in the rapidly expanding electric vehicle market. Arriving at Archibalds this September, our team had the privilege of putting one of only two models in the country to the test. Our journey took us from our central Christchurch showroom through the Port Hills and Godley Heads, where the Born took everything in its stride. Continue reading for more.
Racy, challenging design
In a world enamoured by SUVs, the Born emerges as a captivating gem. Yes, it’s a hatch, but there’s more than meets the eye. Its racy and challenging design is CUPRA through and through and the Born delivers this (and more) in spades. Defined by a sleek body and sportive lines, its aggressive stance really does turn heads out and about – or at least in the bustling Christchurch CBD. Clearly communicated in the Born is CUPRA’s design DNA, and we particularly like the copper accents highlighted throughout the vehicle. Fully aerodynamic 19″ Typhoon wheels not only provide the finishing touch but ensure you can maximise electric range, whilst an infinity taillight balances out the rear.
A hot hatch at its core
Take a seat inside the Born and what quickly becomes obvious is Born’s dedication to its electrified personality and advanced features, starting with the expiry of the traditional gear lever and start/stop button. Starting your journey is as simple as shifting into drive by rotating the gear lever to the right-hand side of your steering wheel. What we thought would be quite an adjustment was actually rather easy, what with not having to move our hands far from the steering wheel and the added bonus of a substantial amount of storage space in lieu of where a traditional gear lever would be. We also liked how easy it was to activate maximum regenerative braking – simply rotate it while you’re in D and it selects B for maximum regen.
The Born is fast. To cut to the chase, it’s unequivocally a hot hatch in every sense. Even when adhering to the 30 km/h speed limit within central Christchurch, the irresistible urge to unleash its power was palpable – a temptation we kept in check. As soon as we hit the open roads of the Port Hills we found a grin permanently etched on our faces, a sentiment shared by curious onlookers, with one or two even bold enough to ask exactly “what it is.”
To put it simply, the CUPRA Born is a hot hatch driven by an environmentally friendly heart.
Test drive the Born
Keen to get behind the wheel of the Born? Make an enquiry with the Archibalds CUPRA team for more.