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It may be saddled with one of the oddest names ever to grace a bootlid, but the new Ora Funky Cat is anything but a novelty act. While the name Ora will be new to most UK car buyers, it’s far from an unknown in its native China, where its parent company Great Wall Motors is one of the biggest manufacturers in the business.
Ora is an all-electric spin-off brand and is a 50:50 joint venture with BMW, and some big bits of the Funky Cat will be shared with the next generation MINI Electric. They will be built in the same factory too.
This electric hatchback is the first in a new range which will be sold under the Ora brand, all with cat names. In China – where the Funky Cat is just called the Good Cat – Ora also sells the Punk Cat, Black Cat and White Cat. There’s a four-door saloon called the Lightning Cat coming soon to the UK.
Its introduction to the UK has been a little bumpy to say the least. First announced a year ago, it was touted as a cheap alternative to the competition at the time. However, delays, price increases, the removal of the Government grant and the arrival of the game-changing MG4 have dented the Ora Cat’s initial appeal.
So is is still worth considering? Join Nicki as she puts one of the first UK-specification cars through its paces.
GWM Ora Funky Cat (48kWh) First Edition
169bhp, 184lb ft of torque
Front-wheel drive, 1-spd
8.3 seconds 0-62mph, 99mph top speed
48kWh battery, 193 miles range WLTP
64kw DC, 11kw AC, 42 min fast DC 15-80%
Minimum kerbweight: 1,540kg
Boot: 228-litres/ 858 litres seats down
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00:30 The GWM Ora
01:09 The Looks
02:07 The first edition funky cat
02:39 Price and waiting times
03:06 Interior space
04:55 Standart equipment and specs
05:23 There is an app
05:40 Voice control… does it work?
07:35 The all watching cat
08:41 Rear seats and practicality
08:50 Boot space
09:03 Driving impressions
09:52 Facial recognition test
11:07 Range and charging
12:09 Safety and warranty
12:32 Our verdict