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TEST – Cupra Born and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric are more alike than you think

Are electric cars becoming more and more alike? Well, quite well, as the Cupra Born and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric prove. You can still tell them apart from the outside, but range, consumption and price hardly differ …

We test the most powerful version of both the Cupra Born and the Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric. The Cupra Born delivers 204 hp as standard, but this is the 231 hp eBoost version. At Renault, the jump in power is greater, because the Megane E-Tech Electric is available with 130 or 220 hp. The Born (310 Nm) and the Megane (300 Nm) are also quite similar in terms of torque. Just as they also mounted an almost equally large battery pack: 58 kWh for the Born, 60 kWh for the Megane.

Realistic range Cupra Born, Renault Megane

The Cupra shoots out of the starting blocks faster, but the Renault recovers and is the first to hit the limited top speed of 160 km/h. The Cupra also has a limited top speed of 160 km/h. The 100th sprint takes 6.5 seconds with the Cupra Born and 7.4 seconds with the Renault Megane.

In terms of power consumption, they are also evenly matched, with a test consumption of 18.5 kWh/100 km for the Born and 18.3 kWh/100 km for the 137 kg lighter Megane E-Tech Electric. This results in a realistic range of more than 300 kilometers for both test cars. Economical drivers try to squeeze 376 kilometers out of the Cupra’s battery and get 400 kilometers with the Renault.

Fast charging is just as fast

When it comes time to charge, you can rely on the Renault Megane to pull the bottom out of any charging station or wallbox. Renault is installing a powerful 22 kW on-board charger. The Cupra Born charges at home and on the road with a maximum of 11 kW. Fast charging does the Megane E-Tech Electric with a maximum of 130 kW and the Born gets stuck at 120 kW. However, the French charging peak is of such a short duration that the time gain is negligible. Both EVs charge to 80 percent in about 35 minutes.

In the Renault Megane you can control the recovery of braking energy with paddles behind the steering wheel. There are four positions, ranging from free coasting to strong braking. The Cupra rider has less input: there is only an additional B-position for more deceleration when the throttle is released.


It is striking that when two giants in the car world design a brand new electric hatchback, their creations show so many similarities. The Cupra Born 58 kWh eBoost and the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric EV60 220 hp are about as powerful and their battery packs are about the same size. The power consumption and the fast charging capacity also hardly differ.

Perhaps we expected the move to EVs to turn the automotive world upside down, with major differences between models. But in terms of consumption, performance and range, the Cupra and the Renault perform almost the same. So there is no clear winner on these parts.

Yet there are differences between the Cupra Born and the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric. Do you want to know who ultimately wins the test? You can read the full test in the latest issue of Auto Review, which is now in stores! You can also order it via the Auto Review webshop.

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