WALK into JD Sports and you’re faced with a giant wall of coaches starting at £20 and going up to £200 plus. But what is the difference?
The £20 training shoes are just as effective at keeping you dry and comfortable as the £200 pair.
Here’s the difference: It’s their appearance and the badges on them. So are electric cars.
In my opinion, the Cupra Born is one of the most beautiful, sportiest EVs on sale today.
But make no mistake, it is equipped with the exact same technology as the Volkswagen ID3, Volkswagen ID4, Skoda Enyaq, Skoda Enyaq Coupe, Audi Q4 and Audi Q4 Sportback. Even Ford will use the same Puma-sized electric car next year. We like Cupra because it dares to be different.
Owner Wayne Griffiths is a Bowie fan and he wants his cars to be sharp, provocative and a bit rebellious – just like his idol.
Born comes with a Vapour gray paint job, brass details, 18in alloys and a black seat made from recycled marine plastic, all for free. Usually, it costs to be eco-cool.
The Born is also positioned lower than its VW Group cousins, which is good for design and driving behaviour.
This 58kWh version is rear-wheel drive, 204hp and will hit 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds. You can say like an ID3.
Except the Cupra has an optional “electronic boost” button that boosts power to 231hp in 30 seconds and reduces the 0-62mph sprint time to 6.6 seconds. That’s Golf GTI territory.
You can continue to use the e-boost button as long as there is enough juice in the battery.
Other observations. Its very low center of gravity and balanced weight distribution help it hurl straight from corner to corner with composure. Turn off the nanny blanket, spread it on the floor, and the back of it will get you a delicious doll.
Before you know it, you’re having fun in what is essentially a rear-wheel drive hot-socket.
Cupra quotes 263 miles for the 58kWh battery and 335 miles for the long-range 77kWh battery coming later. Of course, you wouldn’t understand that in the real world. Knock off 20% and you won’t go wrong much. A little more if it’s cold, a little less in the summer.
Finally, charging. Go from low to 80% in 35 minutes with a public fast charger. Or a little over six hours for 100% juice on the home charger. Again, same as an ID3.
Except Cupra looks fresher than a pair of Nike Air Jordans.
Top speed: 99mph
Range: 263 miles
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