The GWM Ora is GWM’s first electric vehicle, offering funky styling and targeting the value end of the electric car market. With a starting price of $39,990 plus on-road costs, the Ora is comparable in price to conventional small hatchbacks like the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai i30. But does it match up to these top-sellers in terms of features and practicality?
The GWM Ora is equipped with a 126kW and 250Nm electric motor, providing a claimed range of 310 kilometers with its 48 kilowatt-hour battery. More expensive variants are available with a higher-capacity 63kWh battery for up to 420km of range. The Ora Standard Range comes with a decent list of standard equipment, including 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lights, keyless entry, power-adjustable seats, dual 10.25-inch displays for instruments and infotainment, smartphone mirroring, six-speaker audio, and advanced driver-assist systems.
One of the standout features of the GWM Ora is its interior space. Despite its somewhat unusual dimensions, the Ora offers clear headroom in both the front and back seats. The front seats may feel small and lacking under-thigh support, but they are comfortable. Both front seats also feature power adjustment, which is not commonly seen in the small car segment. The rear seats are spacious, with plenty of headroom and legroom, although under-thigh support could be better.
While the interior of the Ora is minimalist, with most functions accessed through the touchscreen, it offers sufficient storage options and a fold-down armrest in the rear seats. The interior trim is faux leather and suede, and there are additional luxury features available in higher-priced variants, such as seat heating and ventilation, seat massage, a sunroof, and a heated steering wheel.
Overall, the GWM Ora offers a competitive electric car option in the sub-$40,000 price range. It has stylish design, decent performance, and a range of features that make it a practical choice for everyday driving. However, there have been some reports of glitchy electrical and infotainment systems, and the interior finishes may not be as plush as expected.
– Source article: GWM Ora Standard Range 2023 review: electric hatch, weekend testers, 19 September 2023, by Mike Costello