For our market, this Chinese brand has planned five Funky Cat trim levels ('300', '300 Pro', '400Pro', '400 Pro+' and 'GT'), with the top three variants using a gutsier 63kWh battery. At the time of this test in early Summer 2023 though, GWM Ora was still only offering the initial 'Launch Edition' 48kWh model, which is what we tried, introduced at around £32,000 and, as we'll shortly see, loaded with equipment.
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. As for equipment, well tick off Adaptive Cruise Control, LED Headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the centre screen gets 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring, plus there's wireless 'phone charging and electrically-powered operation for the leatherette-upholstered front seats, along with a reversing camera and a 360-degree surround view camera system. You can also select from a whole range of different wheels and four main colours - green, black, red and grey, each with the option of a contrasting 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. Standard equipment on the 'First Edition' model 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 Funky Cat 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.