The All-Electric CUPRA Tavascan SUV Coupé: The Complete Guide For India

Cupra Tavascan
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 82 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 517 - 547 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric CUPRA Tavascan SUV Coupé

SEAT CUPRA, S.A.U, simply known as CUPRA, is the high-performance motorsport subsidiary of SEAT S.A., Spain’s first family car manufacturer. The automotive company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Martorell, Spain. 

In 1986, SEAT was sold to the German automotive group, Volkswagen A.G. CUPRA was previously known as SEAT Sport. The high-performance CUPRA brand was created in 2018. The manufacturer is committed to becoming a fully-electric brand by 2030. CUPRA is expected to introduce the all-electric Cupra Terramar and the all-electric Cupra UrbanRebel in due course. The company has the following portfolio of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs):

The all-electric Tavascan is the second battery-electric vehicle (BEV), and the first pure electric SUV coupé from CUPRA. The first all-electric CUPRA car is the CUPRA Born e-hatchback. CUPRA, like other automotive manufacturers, is keen to capitalise on the robust demand for SUVs, in particular, premium electric SUVs.

The Tavascan concept vehicle was first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in 2019. Confirmation of production was announced in March 2021, followed by the official launch in April 2023. The electric vehicle (EV) also uses the Volkswagen electric vehicle (EV) dedicated MEB (Modular electric drive matrix) platform, which is also used by CUPRA Born and the Volkswagen ID.Family of electric vehicles. The all-electric VW ID.3, VW ID.4 and VW ID.7 are examples of EVs that share the MEB platform.

Though the electric Tavascan has been designed and developed in Spain (Barcelona), it is being manufactured in China at the Volkswagen Anhui production plant. The Anhui plant was established by the Volkswagen Group and JAC Automobile Group in 2017. VW currently owns 75% of this production facility. Deliveries for the Tavascan are slated for 2024, with CUPRA targeting an annual production up to 70,000 vehicles.

The Tavascan will be available as both, a rear-wheel drive (RWD), and a higher-performance, all-wheel drive (AWD) variant. The AWD variant, the CUPRA Tavascan VZ incorporates dual-motors (210 kW rear motor/ 80 kW front motor). The Tavascan VZ can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds (not bad, given the length of the SUV: 4.6m). The EV delivers a maximum power up to 340 PS and 545 Nm torque.

The entry-level Tavascan RWD can achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. The EV delivers a maximum power up to 285 PS and 545 Nm torque. The top speed is 180 km/h. The Tavascan EV offers a range of CUPRA driving modes, to include: Range, Comfort, Performance, CUPRA, Individual and Traction. The traction mode is only on the AWD variant. The EV features DCC Sport dynamic chassis technology, sport suspension and progressive steering.

The CUPRA Tavascan EV is available in one EV battery size: 82 kWh (77 kWh net). The lithium-ion EV battery has a claimed range up 547 km (WLTP) for the real-wheel drive (RWD) variant and up to 517 km for the all-wheel drive (AWD) variant. Of course, these will need to be adjusted for real-world driving conditions, like weather, temperature, speed, payload, road conditions etc. Expect up to 465 km for the Tavascan RWD and up to 440 km for the Tavascan AWD.

By way of comparison, the Chinese all-electric Genesis GV70 SUV has a 77.4 kWh onboard EV battery with a range up to 455 km (WLTP). The AWD GV70 can achieve 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds using the boost function (490 PS). The GV70 EV is longer (4.7m) than the Tavascan EV (4.6m).

The EV battery is placed on the floor of the Tavascan EV, lowering the centre of gravity. It is housed in an aluminium structure (part of the EV body), increasing the rigidity, and is positioned between the axles to improve the weight distribution of the vehicle (49:51). Of course, this is not unique to the Tavascan EV. Other pure electric cars also follow a similar approach!

As is the case with electric cars, the Tavascan also benefits from regenerative braking. The 4 levels of regen can be controlled via the ‘regenerative paddle shifts’ on the steering wheel. For those keen to increase electric range, best to choose the strongest energy recuperation level. Also available as an option to increase the efficiency of the EV is an onboard heat pump, which reduces the demand on the onboard EV battery. Given the premium segment of the CUPRA performance brand, we would have expected the heat pump as standard equipment in the EV!

The EV is capable up to 135 kW DC rapid charging, and the 82 kWh EV battery can be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes. Put another way, 100 km can be added in 7 minutes. Though 135 kW DC is adequate for public DC charging, it is surprising that CUPRA does not offer a faster DC charging capability. Many of the recent premium electric cars offer up to 350 kW DC charging capability. As an example, the Genesis electric cars offer up to 350 kW DC ultra-rapid EV charging capability as standard.

The Tavascan electric car has an 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard, which is certainly an advantage for those charging destinations with 3-phase power supply (home and workplace). We at e-zoomed recommend a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric car. This way to fully charge the EV will take shorter times and regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the EV battery. CUPRA offers an EV battery warranty up to 8 years or 160,000 km. Quite similar to most other EV manufacturers.

The CUPRA Tavascan EV is packed with technology, to include, a suite of advanced assisted driving systems: predictive adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed adaptation, side assist, lane assist, exit warning, fatigue detection, rear view camera and more! Also on offer is assisted parking which enables remote parking of the EV via a smartphone.

For those in need of more assistance for parking, there is also the trained parking functionality which completely assists the driver 50m ahead of a parking space that has been memorised in the EV. As standard is a responsive 15″ navigation system, also used by the all-electric VW ID.7 saloon. The infotainment system integrates a newly designed Human Machine Interface (HMI).

The exterior coupé silhouette of the SUV does not disappoint. According to the manufacturer, the Tavascan marks an important shift for CUPRA in terms of a more striking design language. We agree! Of course, not only does the new design language increase the appeal of the EV, but also improves the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The front incorporates matrix LED lights with a three-triangle eye signature. For the more traditional automotive buyer, the sporty exterior styling of the e-SUV maybe too aggressive!

In terms of the interior, the EV is equipped with bucket seats as standard, and incorporates sustainable materials (up to 90% recycled polyester and 50% recycled microfibre). As expected, the premium electric car offers a range of interior lighting options with LED used throughout the interior, to include ’emotional ambient lighting’. In terms of practicality, the EV offers up to 540 L boot space.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet! The Cupra electric car is not available in India.

Decent onboard EV battery size and e-rangeDC charging limited to 135 kW DC
Technology-filledHeat pump not as standard
RWD and AWD variants Limited exterior colour options


The All-Electric CUPRA Tavascan SUV Coupé (credit: CUPRA)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:SUV (Coupé)
Available In India:No

Variants (1 Option)
CUPRA Tavascan (from ₹ N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 82 kWh
Charging:135 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80% SOC: 30 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: N/A)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1597
Width (mm):1861
Length (mm):4644
Wheelbase (mm):2766
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot Space (L):540

Tavascan Endurance
EV Battery Capacity:82 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):547 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):15.6
Charging:135 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80% SOC: 30 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: N/A)
Top Speed:180 km/h
0-100 km/h:6.8 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Max Power (PS):285 (210 kW)
Torque (Nm):545
Kerb Weight (kg):N/A
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Tavascan VZ
EV Battery Capacity:82 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):517 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):16.6
Charging:135 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80% SOC: 30 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: N/A)
Top Speed:180 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.6 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (PS):340 (250 kW)
Torque (Nm):545
Kerb Weight (kg):N/A
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Buying EV Cables: Top 3 Tips

When it comes to electric car charging cables, an astute electric car owner will focus on quality and performance over cheapest price. We at e-zoomed have an excellent range of high quality and high performance electric car charging cables, all priced very competitively! At e-zoomed we offer charging cables from 2m to 50m for single-phase and three-phase EV charging cables as standard.

EV Cables: Top 3 Tips
Never buy cheap:Not all EV charging cables are the same. It is simply false economy to try and save a few Rupees on buying a cheaper cable, when in all probability the EV you own is worth over Rs 50 Lakhs! Nor are we suggesting you buy the most expensive. There is always a balance between price and quality, and electric car charging cables are no different. The last thing you need is to have the EV charging cable stop working when you most need it. EV cables on the e-zoomed Electric Living Shop are made from TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane), a higher quality material that is extremely flexible, durable and smooth to touch.
The shortest length is never the best choice:A number of customers seek the shortest length (2m EV charging cable) because it is the cheapest. However a 2m EV cable is limited in practicality and usually not a good long-term investment. Most charging destinations (home or public) require an EV charging cable that is longer than 2m. In our experience, most customers buy EV charging cables between 5m and 25m. We recommend at least a 5m charging cable. It is long enough to meet most charging needs, but compact enough to be carried and put away easily! Of course, a number of customers need even longer EV cables.
A lower technical specification EV charging cable Is never the best choice:As above, a number of electric car owners seek to buy a 16 amp (single-phase) EV charging cable, instead of a 32 amp (single-phase) EV charging cable. The reason is simple. The 16 amp is marginally cheaper! However, a 16 amp charging cable charges at 3.6 kW, a much slower rate to a 32 amp EV charging cable that charges at 7.2 kW. An ampere is the unit for measuring electricity. The accepted standard unit used for measuring how fast an electric current flows is an example of an ampere. The reason why customers in India buy a single-phase EV cable, is because most homes in India are powered by single-phase power supply. Also important to asses is the IP Rating for the EV cable. Not all EV cables have the same IP Rating. Of course, warranty is also important. Most EV cables are sold with a warranty of at least 2 years!

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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