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24 GWM Ora 03 126kW Pro+ 63kWh 5dr Auto

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

10.25" Digital instrument cluster display screen12 Ultrasonic sensors
2 x millimeter-wave radars360 surround camera
Adaptive cruise control (ACC)Apple car play/Android Auto
Auto parking assistAuto reversing assist
Blind Spot Detection (BAS)Child presence detection
Cruise speed limitDriver attention alert system
Driving mode selecte-Call (emergency call)
Electric power steeringEmergency steering assist
Facial recognition systemFatigue monitor
Front collision warningFront cross traffic camera
GPS navigation systemInductive tailgate
Intelligent cruise control (ICA)Intelligent evade (IE)
Intelligent turning control (ATC)Lane Centering
Lane change assistantLane departure warning (LDW)
Lane keep assist (LKA)Low speed emergency braking
Moving object detectionMultifunction steering wheel with audio and cruise controls
Outside temperature displayPAS
Rear collision warningRear cross traffic alert with brake assist
Rear cross traffic cameraRear parking sensors
SCM (second collision mechanism)Single pedal driving
Smart quick startSpeed limit display
Speed limiterSteering wheel manually adjustable
Traffic jam assistTraffic jam assist (TJA)
Traffic sign recognition (TSR)Trip computer
Voice controlVoice control system
Wireless phone charger 

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

11 kW triphase onboard chargerDeferred charging function

Entertainment

12.5" touch-screen display2 USB sockets
6 speaker sound systemAM/FM and DAB radio
Bluetooth telephone and audio streamingFace ID
FOTA systemSpeed sensing volume control

Exterior Features

Active air intake grilleAuto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlightsAutomatic wipers
Body colour door handlesDoor mirror integrated indicators
Electric adjustable, heated, autofolding door mirrors with memoryElectric leveling adjust for headlights
Front and rear electric windows with anti pinch and one touch operationHeated front washer nozzles
High beam assistIntegrated LED indicators in door mirrors
LED 3rd brake lightLED daytime running lights
LED HeadlightsLED rear lights
Panoramic sunroofRear foglight
Rear privacy glassRear side wing doors
Rear windshield heatingVariable front intermittent wipers

Interior Features

12V socket3 seat bench in 2nd row
4 way adjustable steering column4 way electrically adjustable passenger seat
6 way electrically adjustable drivers seat with memory and welcome position60/40 split folding rear seat
Automatic air conditioningAuxiliary power socket
Elecric antiglare ISRVMFaux leather wrapped steering wheel
Floor matsFront centre armrest
Front head restraintsHeated steering wheel
Heating, ventilation and massage function for front seatsHeight adjustable driver seat
Height and reach adjustable steering wheelInside auto demisting
Intelligent temperature control systemISOFIX on outer rear seats
Leatherette upholsteryLED interior lighting
Rear centre armrest with cupholdersRear head restraints
Roof handlesSeat back pockets
Single passenger seatSun visors with mirrors
Trunk cover 

Passive Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsABS
Adjustable regenerative brakingAutomatic emergency braking junction assist with pedestrian, cyclist and junction alerts
Battery intelligent protection alarm systemCurtain airbags
Door open warningDriver and passenger airbags
Drivers/passengers and rear seats unfastened seat belt warningElectric safety protection of vehicle
Electronic brake force distributionElectronic parking brake
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)ESP
First aid kitFront and rear seatbelt reminder
Front centre airbagFront passenger airbag deactivation
Front seatbelt load limitersFront seatbelt pretensioners
Height adjustable front seatbeltsHeight adjustable rear seatbelts
Hill hold functionManual child lock in rear doors
Outer rear seatbelt pretensionersOuter rear seatbelts load limiter
Power assisted brakesRollover prevention function
Side airbagsSuper lock
Traction controlTyre pressure monitor

Security

AlarmAuto door lock when driving
Door auto unlock safety systemDual smart keys
ImmobiliserKeyless entry and start
Locking wheel nutsRemote central locking
Wireless phone charging 

Trim

Full 3D-mesh clad instrument panel 

Wheels

18" Alloy wheelsTyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty70Battery Capacity in kWh63
Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins)432Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change15-80
Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW6.6Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins)258
Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change15-80Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW11
Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Charge Time (Mins)48Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Percentage Change15-80
Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Power Supply - kW64Battery TypeLithium-ion
Charging Port LocationLeft and Right Side FrontCoupler/Connector TypeCCS Type 2
Maximum Charging Rate - kW64Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage100000
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years8WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb16.5
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb3.8WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb420
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb261 

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)0 

Engine and Drive Train

CC1Gears1 SPEED
TransmissionAUTO 

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC0.0
Badge Power171Coin Description126kW
Coin SeriesPro+Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0730A
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years5
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %92NCAP Child Occupant Protection %83
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095NCAP Pedestrian Protection %74
NCAP Safety Assist %93Service Interval Frequency - Months24
Service Interval Mileage18000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years5Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)8.2Engine Power - BHP171
Engine Power - KW126Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Torque - LBS.FT184Engine Torque - MKG25.5
Engine Torque - NM250Top Speed99

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelN/A

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front215/50 R18
Tyre Size Rear215/50 R18Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type18" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1603Length4235
Wheelbase2650Width1825
Width (including mirrors)2010 

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight1970Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)858
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)228Max. Loading Weight390
Minimum Kerbweight1580No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.25
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

GWM Ora 03

Urban folk have yet another fashionable small SUV option. Jonathan Crouch checks out GWM ORA's 03.

Ten Second Review

Once called the Funky Cat and now called the 03, what we have here is a remarkably appealing car. This trendy little Chinese EV comes from freshly created Great Wall Motors brand ORA and aims to offer people seeking a small, fashionable all-electric hatch a refreshingly different option.

Background

This is a small EV from Chinese maker Great Wall Motors, who sold the cheap but uncompetitive Steed pick-up here between 2012 and 2016. They returned in late 2022 with this car, first called the 'Funky Cat', then rather more blandly re-named in 2024 as the '03'. It's a remarkably credible offering sold under a fledgling Great Wall Motors sub-brand called ORA, which has the ambitious goal of selling up to 50,000 versions of this car a year in the UK, using a combination of selected dealers, shopping centre outlets and online selling. The same car is known as the 'Cat 01' or the 'Good Cat' in China. Where it's also joined in the showroom by three other variants - the 'Pink Cat', the 'White Cat' and the 'Black Cat'. Yes really. Around 1,000 'Funky Cat' versions of this model were sold before it changed its name to '03' in early 2024, which coincided with an increase in drive range to 260 miles. This car is in the vanguard of a horde of Chinese EV imports bound for Europe. MG and Volvo are already basically Chinese brands, with Nio and iPhone maker Foxconn among those marques still to come. So, can this 03 model cut it? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

You should find the 03 to be a perky little thing. Power is sent to a 171PS motor on the front axle with 250Nm of torque, which in the most affordable variant is powered by a 48kWh battery - that's what we tried. There's the usual single-speed auto gearbox. And the sprint to 30mph is dispatched in just 3.8s and 62mph in 8.3s, en route to a limited top speed of 99mph. That's as fast as you'll go in an 03. Still, what's on offer is just about enough for the car to feel eager - though that's not the same as it being satisfying to drive: if you want kart-like handling, you'll prefer a MINI Electric. For 03 folk, a 'Sport' drive mode is provided, but you won't ever feel much like using it; this isn't really that kind of car. The other modes are 'Normal', 'Eco' and 'Auto', each setting accompanied by its own specific chime as you select it - 'Sport' by what sounds like some sort of thunderclap. Body roll is evident at speed in tighter corners, the weird Giti GitiComfort tyres aren't especially grippy and the light steering gives very little feedback, even if you select the heaviest of the three available settings ('Sport'). Drive with less abandon and you might get somewhere close to the claimed EV range figure, which is rated at 193 miles for the base 48kWh version and 261 miles for the alternative 63kWh 'PRO+' model. To aid your driving efficiency, a display to the right of the instrument cluster screen waves up and down in shades of green, turquoise and red, but all it actually does (apart from making you feel queasy if you look at it for too long) is tell you what you already know (how hard your foot's on the throttle). A better tool for properly maximising drive range lies with all the various provided braking reg settings. There are three ('light', 'normal' and 'strong'), plus a dedicated 'one-pedal' mode which, if engaged, basically means you'll hardly ever have to use the actual brake except when coming to a complete stop. It's great around town, which of course is where that light steering comes into its own. And where you'll notice that the ride's quite supple and effective at dealing with potholes and speed humps. It's a different world from driving a bumpy, unyielding MINI Electric.

Design and Build

There's a lot that's interesting about the 03's retro-stylised looks, its design seemingly influenced by everything from a Porsche 911 to a Mini. Actually, it if you're looking at it as an alternative to an EV MINI, as many customers will, you need to know that it's slightly larger than one of those - measuring in at 4,235mm long and 1,825mm wide, these dimensions being more akin to a Volkswagen ID.3. And of course, it looks trendy. Most early models came with 'Nebula Green' paint and black upholstery, but there's the option of swapping this for more overt 'Aurora Green' paint with green interior trim - or bright 'Mars Red' paint with red interior trim. Funky or what? Inside, where you're faced with a pair of seamlessly-joined twin screens, there are clear MINI influences - the central silver toggle switches and the steering wheel. But the ORA sub-brand also wants to imbue its own minimalist vibe, one that's pleasantly odd, incorporating materials that are surprisingly plush in places - though a little less so in others. You're looked after by leatherette seats and dual zone climate control and are provided with a wireless smartphone charger and keyless entry. You're faced with a pair of 10.25-inch displays that take care of the instrument cluster and the infotainment screen, seamlessly joined at the top of the dashboard. It's in the back that you'll notice the difference between this car and other small fashionista EVs. A relatively long wheelbase of 2,650mm means even a couple of six-footers could sit reasonably comfortably. Out back, there's a 228-litre boot, which is reasonable for a car in this class. Total capacity in the seats-folded format is 858-litres. The 03 doesn't provide any additional 'frunk' space beneath the bonnet up-front.

Market and Model

For our market, this Chinese brand has two 03 model trim levels - 'PURE+' which gets you the smaller 48kWh battery and is priced at around £32,000 (or from £228 a month); and 'PRO+', which gets you the larger 63kWh battery and costs around £35,000 (or from £298 a month). Sales are via the www.gwmora.co.uk website, via selected dealers or via the ORA brand outlets in shopping centres that the company plans. There's a high level of specification as standard, including wireless phone charging, facial recognition, electric front seats, app integration and 'Hello ORA' intelligent voice assistance. The 'PRO+' version adds features like heated, cooled and massage front seats, a heated steering-wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a powered gesture tailgate, rear privacy glass and advanced automatic parking assistance. GWM ORA is also introducing new colours to the 03 model range, including a metallic 'Moonlight White' paint option with a contrasting Starry Black roof. There's lots of advanced driver assistance features too, thanks to 12 ultrasonic radar sensors and a whole array of exterior cameras, whose informational feedback is processed by an ultra-modern Qualcomm snapdragon chip that enables level 2.5 autonomous driving. Autonomous parking capability is also provided. The safety situation is encouraging as well. Safety equipment includes Blind spot detection, Traffic jam assist and Lane keep assist with a Lane centring function. And it seems that this car is also fundamentally safe. In recent EURO NCAP tests, the 03 scored a maximum 5 stars overall, with an 83% score for adult occupant protection, 83% for child occupants and, for vulnerable road users, an 74% score.

Cost of Ownership

The 03 charges with Type 2, 6.6kW single-phase AC and 11kW three-phase AC charging and comes equipped with a CCS socket as standard. The maximum charge speed - just 67kW - is distinctly on the modest side though; most rivals - an MG4 for instance, can charge at 100kW or more. With the 48kWh version, 6.6kW home charging will take users around 5.4 hours based on a 15%-80% charge status (or 7.2 hours with the 63kWh version). This time is cut drastically when moving up to 11kW three-phase supply charging (the sort of thing you might have at your office), which takes 3.2 hours (or 4.4 hours with the 63kWh version). Public DC rapid charging will take 42 minutes (from 15-80%); or 48 minutes with the 63kWh version. You can of course set charging times via the centre screen or the provided 'GWM Ora' app. We gave you the EV range figures in our Driving section - 193 miles for the 48kWh version and 261 miles for the 63kWh variant. The 03 is backed by a 5-year vehicle, unlimited mileage warranty, with cover on the battery for 8-years or 100,000 miles. Service intervals are in-line with best-in-class competitors, scheduled every 2 years or 18,000 miles, whichever comes first. Insurance is from group 21E.

Summary

There's a lot to like here. Provided you don't mind trying something different and you happen to dig the retro-futuristic styling. If you've looked at fashionista small EVs like the MINI Electric, the Honda e and the Mazda MX-30 and, understandably, been put off by cramped interiors and pathetic driving range figures, then the ORA 03 could well be your car. It's priced well, doesn't feel too cheap, has a bit of character, gives you a decent distance between charges, offers a proper back seat and comes with a long warranty. If you were to add in a few posher aesthetic touches and stick on premium German badging, the press would probably be raving about it. As it is though, for most, this will remain in the short term, a strange Oriental confection. For the future though, make no mistake: the Chinese are coming.

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
70%
Build
70%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
50%
Insurance
50%

* Figures for fuel consumption, the CO2 produced, and/or the pure electric range are provided for comparative purposes only and are based on laboratory testing. The actual figures under real world driving conditions will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions, vehicle load and the health of the battery.

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47 monthly payments of£330
Initial rental£330
Representative APR0%
Cash price£34,940
Contract mileage20,000
Term (months)48

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