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GWM ORA 03 running costs and reliability

2024 onwards (change model)
Running costs rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

Written by Keith Adams Published: 18 January 2024 Updated: 19 January 2024

Miles per pound (mpp)

Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Electric motors, home charging 10.9 - 11.2 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 5.9 - 6.0 mpp
What is miles per pound?

Fuel economy

Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only.
Electric motors 3.7 - 3.8 miles/kWh
View mpg & specs for any version
  • Ora 03 is relatively cheap to buy
  • Low running costs typical of a small EV
  • Too early to know if Ora is a dependable brand

What are the running costs?

There are two variants of the Ora 03 available to buy, the Pure+ ond Pro+. They’re both high specification set-ups, which while they’re cheaper than a Volkswagen ID.3 or Cupra Born are pricier than a MINI Electric or MG4 EV. With poorer predicted residuals than these rivals you won’t be able to sell the Ora 03 for as much either, and finance packages are likely to be less competitive.

As for day-to-day running costs, the Ora being fully electric means it’s highly dependent on where you charge up. Use pricey public fast chargers, and you won’t see too much of a saving compared with petrol or diesel alternatives. Charge up overnight using cheap rates of electricity and you might find you save a packet.

The Ora 03’s 48kWh battery should take around seven hours for a full charge from a home wallbox, while the 63kWh version adds an hour to that. Charging out in public isn’t as impressive as its rivals, as it can only top up at a maximum of 64kW – that means a 15-80% charge will take more than 40 minutes. A Fiat 500 Electric can manage 10-80% in a shorter time, as can an MG4 EV with its bigger battery.

GWM claims the 48kWh Ora 03 will return up to 193 miles on a charge and 260 for the 63kWh version. We saw around 136 miles in our tests for the smaller version, though given the cold weather we were experiencing we’d expect this figure to be slightly higher in the summer.

Servicing and warranty

There are currently only eight sale and service centres catering for GWM Ora products in the UK so far. So better make sure you’re close to one before you buy, otherwise your annual service will be pretty inconvenient.

GWM offers a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, which is generous.

Reliability

It’s too early to know whether the Ora 03 is reliable or not. The brand and the car are both new to the UK, though Great Wall Motors has been producing cars in its native China for years so it’s not exactly new to the game.