TEST – Cupra Born offers more ‘French comfort’ than Renault Megane E-Tech Electric

We compare the Cupra Born with the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric and discover that for comfortable suspension comfort and opulent seats, it is better to turn to the Spaniards than the French. Although those paella eaters cheat a bit…

That the Cupra Born cheats a bit has to do with the price. It is 5 grand more expensive than the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric. To be precise, we compare the €48,990 Performance version of the Born with an electric Megane of €43,740. That Performance version has the adaptive shock absorbers and electrically adjustable sports seats so essential for this comparison. By the way, you read the full test Auto Review 9/2022.

TEST - Cupra Born offers more 'French comfort' than Renault Megane E-Tech Electric
TEST - Cupra Born offers more 'French comfort' than Renault Megane E-Tech Electric

This is what makes the Cupra Born so comfortable

In terms of comfort, Renault has nothing to fear from the Cupra, right? Because the Spaniards focus on sportiness and not on suspension comfort, eh? Error. The Performance version of the Born is secretly very comfortable.

The sporty bucket seats are upholstered in a soft suede-like material and equipped with lumbar support and a massage function. They look sporty and are comfortable. In addition, the Performance version has adaptive shock absorbers that you can tune to sporty, but also put in the comfort position.

Passengers in the rear are especially happy with the extra legroom and headroom that the Born offers. Its cabin is also a few centimeters wider, which is nice for the shoulders.

TEST - Cupra Born offers more 'French comfort' than Renault Megane E-Tech Electric
TEST - Cupra Born offers more 'French comfort' than Renault Megane E-Tech Electric
TEST - Cupra Born offers more 'French comfort' than Renault Megane E-Tech Electric

This is how the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric drops stitches

The front seats of the Megane can also be equipped with an electric lumbar support, but this does not change the shape of the seat. It is somewhat flat and short. Renault places conventional shock absorbers and springs the car quite severely. If you’re alone in the car that’s fine, but with passengers and their luggage on board, the rear axle can take a nasty knock on doorsteps and deep-lying manhole covers.

We also find it stingy that the Megane E-Tech Electric comes with manual air conditioning, while each Born leaves the factory with automatic climate control. And in winter, Born drivers enjoy heated steering wheel.

Your hands and butt may be happy with the Cupra, your ears prefer the Renault. Because the Megane drives almost silently up to 80 km/h, while the Born makes clear rolling noises.

Conclusion

Although the Cupra Born and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric are more similar in some areas than you think, we notice clear differences in the spring and seating comfort. In that respect, the Cupra Born is the most comfortable choice.

The full test of these electric hatchbacks is in Auto Review 9/2022.


Source: Autoreview.nl by www.autoreview.nl.

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