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Ora Sport Review

The GWM Ora is an electric vehicle (EV) that has been gaining attention in the UK market due to its unique design, impressive specifications, and affordable price. Its appealing kerbside appeal is sure to put a smile on your face.

With its rounded and retro-inspired body, the Ora exudes a playful yet sophisticated vibe. The cartoon-like grille adds to its charm, while features like LED headlights, 18-inch alloys, and a 360-degree camera system enhance its modernity. The car is available in three models: Standard Range, Long Range, and GT, with five color options to choose from.

What is the Ora Sport interior like?

Stepping inside the Ora, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the spacious cabin. The retro, stylish, and functional interior features comfortable and supportive leatherette seats, ample headroom and legroom, and a surprisingly roomy rear seating area. While the boot space is slightly compromised due to the car's compact size, it can still accommodate your weekly shopping and more. The build quality is impressive, with doors that close with a confident thud. The leatherette steering wheel feels great in your hands, and even the door cards feature contrast stitching. The infotainment screen showcases Koi carp upon entry, adding a sense of tranquility. However, individuals with astigmatism might find the font and type on the small side and may need to keep their glasses handy.

What is the infotainment system on the Ora Sport?

The Ora comes equipped with two large touchscreen displays: a 10.25-inch instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen. When turned off, these displays merge into one expansive panel atop a tactile and contrast-stitched dash. The technology is user-friendly, featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a range of driver assistance features. The minimalistic presentation on a pure white background adds to the clean and modern aesthetic. The AC and heated windscreen buttons are finished in bright chrome, providing a sleek cockpit-style setup. The Ora also includes extras like a wireless charging pad. Keyless entry and buttonless start further contribute to the vehicle's convenience, allowing for a seamless driving experience. A power button beside the driver's right knee allows for easy power shutdown when needed to conserve energy.

How does the Ora Sport feel to drive?

When it comes to performance, the GWM Ora shines on the road. Drive selection (D, N, R, P) is controlled through a bevelled dial on the center console, while drive modes (Eco, Auto, Normal, and Sport) are selected via a button beside the steering wheel. Engaging Sport mode adds a turbo-feel boost to the driving experience, accompanied by a shot-style noise. The Ora offers three regenerative braking modes and the option for "one pedal drive," allowing for enhanced eco-driving. The steering responsiveness can be adjusted to suit personal preferences. The vehicle also provides an economical driving guidance report to help you optimize energy usage.

What is the charging and range of the Ora Sport?

The test car we reviewed featured a 41kWh battery, offering a range of up to 310km (WLTP) on a single charge. The Ora supports both AC charging up to 11kW and DC fast charging up to 64kW, allowing for quick charging from 10 to 80 percent in approximately 40 minutes. A single electric motor powers the front wheels, delivering 126kW of power and 250Nm of instant torque. This setup provides a zippy and agile driving experience, with a 0-100km/h time of 8.3 seconds. The steering is nicely weighted and responsive, while the suspension strikes a good balance between comfort and sportiness.

In terms of safety features, the GWM Ora offers a comprehensive list of driver aids, including traffic sign recognition, rear cross-traffic alert, and autonomous emergency braking. The adaptive cruise control is particularly helpful.

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