Meowww! The Ora Funky Cat lands on all fours!
The Ora Funky Cat has finally hit Irish shores. Great Wall Motors, a gigantic Chinese manufacturer, make it. The Ora brand will be all-electric, and there will be more models to follow in time.
What range does the Ora Funky Cat have?
There are two options available; the 300 Pro and the 400 Pro+. The 300 has a 48kWh battery and a WLTP range of 310km, but something like 270km to 280km will be a realistic range in the real world. The 400 Pro+ has a 63kWh battery for a 420km WLTP range, but 350km is more realistic.
Very high level of specification
We were struck by the specification of the Funky Cat. There is a ton of equipment and tech as standard, including electric seats, 18” alloys, Adaptive Cruise Control, 360-degree cameras, wireless phone charging, a panoramic roof and a powered tailgate. Safety is top notch, and the Funky Cat got a full 5-stars in the EURO NCAP tests. If you are feeling flush, you can add metallic paint for €495 or fit the optional interiors at the cost of €345
What size is it?
Although it looks small outside, the space inside is good, and you’ll comfortably get four adults in. Although the boot is a little small at 228 litres, they’ve favoured space for the passengers. Having said that, this isn’t meant to be a family car, and the boot is big enough for gym bags, doing the weekly shop and the other bits we all do on a weekly basis.
Is the Ora Funky Cat fast?
The Funky Cat has a 127kW motor turning out 170hp and a 0-100km/h time of 8.2 seconds. It is quite a light car as far as electric vehicles go, so it does feel sharp and responsive. When you need to charge it back up, the numbers are a mixed bag. You can put in 11kW on AC, which is good. DC charging goes up to 67kW, which is not great and falls slightly behind the competition. We’ll reserve full judgment until we see how the charging curve performs.
How much is the Ora Funky Cat?
Prices start from €31,995, including grants for the smaller battery, and you pay €39,995 for the bigger battery. Do remember, however, the incredible amount of kit you get as standard for this money. Other cars that appear cheaper initially may become more expensive when you factor in optional extras and increased running costs.
What do you think? Is the Ora Funky Cat on your shopping list? It has the wow factor, and it’s a unique-looking car. But has it done enough to compete with the likes of the Fiat 500e, Honda e and especially the MG4?
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