Is the GWM Ora Electric Vehicle Worth It?

The GWM Ora, the first electric vehicle from Great Wall Motors, is attracting attention with its unique styling and affordable price point. Priced at $39,990 plus on-road costs, the Ora competes with popular small hatchbacks like the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai i30. But does it offer the same features and practicality?

Equipped with a 126kW and 250Nm electric motor, the Ora offers a claimed range of 310 kilometers with its 48 kilowatt-hour battery. More expensive variants come with a higher-capacity 63kWh battery for up to 420km of range. Despite its slightly higher price compared to its competitors, the Ora Standard Range comes with a decent list of standard equipment, including 18-inch alloy wheels, two-tone paint, LED lights, keyless entry, power-adjustable seats, dual 10.25-inch displays, smartphone mirroring with wireless Apple CarPlay, and advanced driver assist systems.

One notable feature of the Ora is its spacious interior, thanks to its higher roofline. The interior offers generous headroom in both the front and rear seats, although the front seats could use better under-thigh support. The rear seats also lack ventilation and have limited foot space under the front seats, but offer ample headroom and legroom. The Ora Standard Range comes with single-zone climate control, and additional features like seat heating and ventilation, seat massage, sunroof, and heated steering wheel are available in higher-priced models.

Overall, the GWM Ora offers a compelling option for those looking for an affordable electric vehicle. With its funky styling, spacious interior, and decent list of standard features, it provides good value for its price. While it may not have all the luxurious finishes of higher-end electric vehicles, it is a practical and budget-friendly option for eco-conscious drivers.


1. “2023 GWM Ora Standard Range Review” – Drive
2. “Standard Range” – GWM Ora Australia