tight duel between electric compacts, who wins?

The Cupra Born shows off its sporting pretensions from the first moment. Renault is targeting families more with its Megane E-Tech. However, the combination between these 2 electric cars is consistent. After the tests, Pierre Desjardins and Maxime Fontanier defend their choice. What would be yours?

The top of the pavement

The 2 electric compacts that we compare are not entry-level models, quite the opposite. On the left, the Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60 Optimum Charge in Techno finish it sends its power up to 160 kW (218 hp; 220 hp advertised on the manufacturer’s website) to the front wheels for a maximum torque of 300 Nm.

in front of her, the Cupra Born in its superior VZ endowment It does better on paper: 170 kW (230 hp) and 310 Nm. The Spanish propulsion compact, however, receives a battery of somewhat less capacity: 58 compared to 60 usable kWh. Among the common points that unite these 2 fashionable cars: the adoption of 20-inch alloy wheels.

The smallest footprint is on the side of the Megane E-Tech: 4.21 x 1.77m, versus 4.32 x 1.81m. With its height of 1.50 m, it is also a little shorter by 4 cm despite its SUV appearance.


In the back

The figures choose the trunk of the Renault Mégane E-Tech as the most spacious: 440 or 1,332 liters depending on the position of the seat back. Users of cupra born must be content with 385/1,267 l. However, the compact Diamond has a narrower, shallower design and no ski hatch, which limits its use.

Modularity is better in the car attached to the Volkswagen group. The soil that covers the false bottom can be removed to gain a few centimeters in height while maintaining a uniform base. Which of these 2 electric compacts seems the most welcoming for passengers sitting in the back?

Without hesitation too much: the Cupra Born that offers a lot of space for the knees with the possibility of sliding the feet well under the front seats. The elbows and the head are also not tight. In addition, a central armrest with 2 cup holders can be folded out. This equipment is what is missing in the Renault. ” It’s a little less good in all dimensions, and especially in the elbow: I don’t know what to do with the right arm says Pierre Desjardins.


The driver’s point of view

It is the occupants seated in the front who will be able to find more satisfaction when getting into the Renault Megane E-Tech. It is true that the seats do not offer particular lateral support. On the other hand, the driver and his neighbor on the right must thank the flattering presentation and care of the materials that make up the dashboard and door panels.

In addition to being pleasant to the touch, they provide luminosity when they are relatively clear, as in the sample that we have available. If they are numerous, the storage spaces are not always very well designed in the French electric car. Some are not very accessible, like at the front of the console, or less bulky than expected (under the center armrest, glove box).


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Also, our editor-in-chief points out the part below the trackpad that has a slightly padded protruding angle: “ It’s very sharp, it fits right next to the kneecap, really not nice! It is a bit the black point of this interior. “.

Total change of universe sitting behind the wheel of the Cupra Born. The bucket seat welcomes you to a sportier world. Under a beautiful suede that you will find in the options (2,040 euros), it is electrically adjustable in all directions, massaging and heating. Practical, the storage spaces are also more voluminous. Materials similar to carbon and leather do not win the support of the new strasbourg.

Screens and instrumentation

At the wheel, the digital instrumentation of the Renault Mégane E-Tech is successful, both in screen size and in design and colors. ” It’s beautiful to look at, it’s convenient, and you can find the information you want right away. », appreciates Pierre Desjardins.

In the middle of the dash, and slightly facing the driver, is the vertical format touch screen that supports a completely new Android system. ” Great great progress compared to the previous generation in terms of fluidity, everything that is presentation detail and ergonomics. We feel much better there. Now there is a real superiority of the Renault system compared to that of Volkswagen from which the Cupra inherits “, decides the editor-in-chief.

The touch pad in landscape format appears more classic in the Spanish compact. If the image quality is there, we have a multimedia system that is really very complicated to use, not very logical in its operation, with latency times Compare our new boss. Planted on the steering column, the digital display that surrounds the rim is very small and only includes the essentials.

first turns

Thanks to the engine installed in the rear wheels, the turning radius between walls is immediately more efficient in the Cupra Born for maneuvers in the city: 10.15, compared to 10.80 m. The Spanish compact can also receive a controlled suspension billed at 900 euros that the Diamond does not offer in its Megane E-Tech. This option allows to better erase the reliefs of the asphalt.

The Range, Comfort and Performance driving modes affect acceleration, but also suspension and steering. Shaped as a small lever to the right of the rim, the gear selector is easier to operate on the diamond-badged electric compact. It is a kind of dial on the board that plays this role on your competitor.

The shortcuts behind the wheel of the new car of the French brand are a bit slow to take into account when changing driving mode. Switching to the sportier setting leads Maxime Fontanier to make this comparison: “ Renault manages to do as well with conventional suspensions as Volkswagen with controlled suspensions “.

On winding roads

On winding roads, the best accelerations are obtained with the Cupra Born. Its manufacturer announces a 0 to 100 km / h in 6.6 seconds (compared to 7.4 s of the connected Renault). ” The fact that it’s rear-wheel drive makes it a bit more incisive than the Megane E-Tech, though the latter’s steering isn’t bad. “, emphasizes our tester. The Spanish electric compact does not roll too much in the curves that are linked.

Well balanced, it hides well its overweight of just over 110 kg: 1,749 kg, compared to 1,636 kg for the Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60 Optimal Charge. The Cupra Born’s braking system, on the other hand, is served by the drums at the rear. It lacks bite, especially coming out of the new Diamond proposal, which is much more reassuring at this level. Why this choice in a car that wants to be sporty? Especially since the regenerative braking is no longer very marked.

The Megane is much more efficient with its set of paddles behind the wheel, like the Korean electric cars currently on the market. ” but i still like it “, moderates the man in the cap, who admits to being better installed than in the seat of the Renault.

The newcomer to the E-Tech range makes more use of ESP due to the high torque it can drive its front wheels. ” It’s a little less precise to drive than the Cupra, but I have better feel on the brake pedal. “, emphasizes Maxime Fontanier.

charging

In the Optimum Charge version, The Renault Megane E-Tech EV60 It stands out in the 22 kW terminals that it will be able to exploit to the maximum. We will have to settle for the 11 kW of the Cupra Born. In direct current, the advantage remains on the side of the French electric compact if we focus only on the maximum power: 130 compared to 120 kW.

However, according to figures reported by Soufyane Benhammouda, the Spanish athlete it has a charging curve that allows it to almost compete with the Megane E-Tech EV60. Both will generally require a good half hour to find 80% of the power in the lithium-ion pack from a 10% threshold.

More efficient, the new connected Renault will offer its users an average of fifty kilometers better than those of the Cupra Born. That is respectively 350 and 300 actual km. To be compared with the WLTP values ​​in the combined cycle of 450 and 390 km reported by the 2 manufacturers. Of course, our evaluations are revised upwards with urban use, and to a lesser extent when you want to withstand 130 km/h on the road.

the rates

Good surprise with this electric Megane whose manufacturing quality is really very close to that of the Cupra Born. Renault has decided to make an effort to make your new electric compact more eligible for the maximum ecological bonus. List price starts at €37,200 including taxes, bonus not deducted. We had the EV60 Optimum Charge in a Techno finish for our test.

With him, and excluding options, the figures increase to 44,300 euros. Invoiced 1,050 euros, the slate gray biton with a glacier white roof with which it was covered would make you lose 4,000 euros in government aid. Its Spanish competitor, in the accredited VZ finish, starts at 44,600 euros. Therefore, the prices are adjusted between the 2 vehicles. Don’t count on Pierre Desjardins and Maxime Fontanier to unanimously appoint the best.


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Our chief editor is convinced by the Renault Mégane’s equipment: 22 kW AC charging, attractive lines, modern dashboard with the new multimedia system. For his part, the man in the cap prefers to drive thrusters. He also credits the Cupra Born with style, more space on board, better turning radius and similar performance at the same price.

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