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TEST: Polestar 2 gets further on its battery than the Cupra Born, yet you last longer in the Cupra

When choosing an electric car, many aspiring buyers mainly look at the range. But if you often drive long distances, comfort may be just as important. How are the Polestar 2 and the Cupra Born doing in that area?

The Cupra Born is a Volkswagen ID.3 that has drunk a bottle of hot salsa. See the sharper nose, mean-looking headlights and lowered front hood. You can recognize the Cupra at the back by the light strip that connects the lamp units.

Inside, the Cupra Born is more beautiful than the ID.3

Fortunately, Cupra has not only changed the exterior compared to the Volkswagen ID.3. The plastic interior that characterizes the electric VW has also been slightly overhauled. Soft materials have been used here and there, and the copper-coloured accents also do a lot for the appearance. However, these upgrades cannot hide the fact that there is still a lot of scratchy plastic in the Cupra Born. The interior of the Polestar 2 (from 48,200 euros) has nicer materials and is more tightly put together. However, that is certainly not the ultimate in the experience on board.

Polestar 2 is less comfortable than Cupra Born

We test the Cupra Born in the most powerful version (231 hp, from 45,990 euros), which means that it has at least the Adrenaline equipment. The standard bucket seats are heated and have an extendable seat. If you would also like a regular back massage and an electrical adjustment option, then you are dependent on the Performance (48,990 euros).

In the Polestar, the seats are equipped with heating as standard. With lateral support and adjustment options, they are less generous. The long-legged among us will notice that the Polestar seats are shorter. Furthermore, the armrest in the Polestar is a bit too far forward. All in all, we have a slight preference for the Cupra furniture, although you can unfortunately not ventilate the front seats in the Spaniard. With the Polestar it is possible – albeit at an additional cost.

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It’s easier to get into the back of the Cupra than in the Polestar. With its steeply sloping roofline, the latter sometimes wants to hand out a headbutt. Once you have arrived in the back seat, you are less with bent legs in the Spaniard than in the Swedish Chinese. Seats in the Cupra also have more headroom. The generous glass surface also provides a finer experience of space and a better view of everything that goes on around the car.

Remarkably good spring comfort Cupra Born

From the Performance version, the Cupra Born has adaptive shock absorbers in the counter-attack. In the smoothest position, they provide remarkably good comfort. Especially on unevenness such as railway crossings and manhole covers, the rear axle reacts a lot more civilized than with the standard dampers. When the car approaches its maximum permissible weight, the chassis, on the other hand, quickly reaches its limits. The conventionally muted Polestar shows an inverted picture. With only the driver and co-driver on board, you can clearly feel the unevenness in your own chassis. As you load the car more heavily, it shows more inner civilization. The fact that the rear passengers are less comfortable than in the Cupra is not the concern of the Polestar driver …

Read the full comparison test in Auto Review 7/2022.

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