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Costs and Real Consumption: Cupra Born

The Cupra Born, which costs 44,635 euros, is used for a consumption check.

The steering acts lightly and playfully without performance influences, motivates with its directness, gives the necessary confidence with a small portion of feedback. The dampers can be programmed in their 15 setting levels in individual mode in favor of maximum lateral support or maximum flexibility. The result: The Cupra sweeps through the evasive test at a stately 140 km/h and is also simply fun off the test track. ,

Don't get me wrong, it's not a wild hot hatch with a turning instrument for steering and oversteer tendencies. But he lacks consistency in coordination and orientation. But how nimbly he throws his approximately 1.8 tons through alternating curves is quite enough to leave a long working day behind. His wide, sporty Michelins also play a part in this, which, with drum brakes on the rear axle, give him good braking values ​​with both cold and warm brakes. But no matter how hard he tries, the daily grind is catching up with him. Its traffic sign recognition is there, but extremely unreliable. And what about the fuel and maintenance costs?

Our test consumption

Cupra specifies a WLTP consumption of 15.5 kWh per 100 kilometers for the Born. He moves away from this value in everyday life. We determined an average consumption of 25.1 kWh, which results in electricity costs of 13.30 euros per 100 kilometers. The Cupra consumed 19.5 kWh on the eco lap, while it consumed 24.6 kWh on the commuter route. If the Cupra was moved in a sporty manner, consumption increased to 32.8 kWh. In November 2022, auto motor und sport calculated a total average price per kWh of charging current for using an electric car in Germany: 52.96 (rounded 53) cents.

Monthly maintenance costs

If you drive as resource-efficiently as we do on our eco tour, you reduce the electricity costs for 100 kilometers to 10.34 euros. The rather violent gait resulted in a sum of 17.38 euros. The car tax costs 0 euros per year for the Cupra, the liability insurance is 388 euros. Partial and fully comprehensive insurance cost an additional 119 and 507 euros respectively. Monthly maintenance costs of 301 euros are paid by those who drive the Cupra 15,000 kilometers a year. If the mileage is doubled, the sum increases to 548 euros. We leave out the loss in value in this calculation.

This is how it is tested

This is how auto motor und sport measures the power consumption: 70% commuter consumption: short distances of 21 km driven several times with 70% city, 30% overland share. 15% eco-consumption: economically driven driving profile using the maximum range with urban, rural and motorway sections. Motorway speed 130 km/h. 15% sports driver consumption: Constant driving with 80% Vmax (maximum 160 km/h) plus consumption information from a comparison drive, country road and motorway.

The monthly maintenance costs include maintenance, wear part costs and vehicle taxes assuming an annual mileage of 15,000 and 30,000 kilometers without loss of value. The basis for the calculation is the test consumption, a three-year holding period, no-claims class SF12 for liability and fully comprehensive insurance with Allianz including discounts for garage parkers and the restriction to certain drivers (not under 21). At Allianz, SF12 offers a discount rate of 34 percent for liability and 28 percent for comprehensive insurance. ,


In the auto motor und sport test consumption, the 44,635 euro Cupra Born ended up with an average value of 25.1 kWh per 100 kilometers. This means that the electricity costs over this distance are 13.30 euros. The monthly maintenance costs are 301 euros (15,000 km annual mileage) or 548 euros (30,000 km annual mileage).


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