What is it like on the inside?
Here’s perhaps the biggest difference between the Cupra and its Volkswagen twin. In pictures the two cabins look remarkably similar, and yes the Cupra does get the same minimalist, button-free layout (argh!), but the materials used feel much more premium. There are more soft-touch surfaces than scratchy plastics and the funky little 3D patterns are everywhere you look.
Sadly the touch sensitive ‘buttons’ on the steering wheel are just as annoying as in the Volkswagen and you’ll clip them almost every time you turn a corner, but the seats are absolutely excellent. Bucket seats are standard, with base spec versions made from upcycled marine plastics whilst the heated/massaging optional units use a fabric called Dinamica. The latter is made from old t-shirts and plastic bottles and feels a little like suede. Very nice.
The central screen measures 12-inches across no matter what spec you go for, and in a number of the launch cars it threw up a glitch whilst trying to access Apple CarPlay or decided to randomly shut itself down for a moment. Oops. It controls every function from active safety bits to climate control too, so a more responsive and trustworthy unit would be preferable. E-Boost-equipped cars will get a drive mode shortcut on the steering wheel.
There’s plenty of room inside thanks to the tall body, and the abundance of glass gives the Born an airy feel. Rear seat passengers sit a little high but there’s enough legroom back there, whilst the boot can swallow 385-litres of luggage. For reference, the current Seat Leon gets a 380-litre boot.