We want one just based on the looks alone.
As far as hot hatchbacks go, you won't really find anything without an internal combustion engine providing the motivation. To be more direct: a compact, quick, hot hatch EV isn't really a thing - at least not yet. The Chevrolet Bolt EV is pretty nippy, getting to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, but nothing about it really shouts sporty performance.
Enter the new Cupra el-Born, an all-electric hatchback with plenty of style and a 0-31 mph time of just 2.9 seconds. We're not sure what happens after 31 mph, as the brand chose to reveal only this sprint time, but that indicates it'll win more than its fair share of traffic light matchups.
The el-Born is the product of Cupra, the sporty arm of Spanish brand Seat, which falls under the Volkswagen Group. In fact, the el-Born originally started its life as a Seat-badged EV concept. Unveiled in the UK, the chances of the el-Born making it stateside are dismal, but we really wish that weren't the case. First impressions are strong, with an aggressive design that has more than a hint of Peugeot about it, and we know that the French automaker has a thing for flashy design.
The smart cabin offers upscale features like an augmented reality head-up display and is clad in sustainably-sourced materials. Sporty bucket seats look great, and overall, it has the kind of chic appeal that could surprise the electric Mini Cooper SE, even though the Cupra is a bigger car.
Beneath its stylish exterior, the Cupra el-Born rides on the Volkswagen Group's scalable MEB platform which will be utilized by VW's own ID.3. It has an 82 kWh battery and power is sent to the rear wheels. On a full charge, a claimed range of 310 miles will be possible; that means it has around double the range of the upcoming Mini EV and it'll eclipse the Chevy Bolt EV's range by around 50 miles.
Thanks to fast-charging capability, the Cupra el-Born can be juiced up with at least 161 miles of range in only 30 minutes. No prices have been announced just yet, but like the all-electric ID.3 hatchback that VW says will be too hard to price in America, this is likely the main reason we won't see the el-Born in the US.