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GWM Ora 03 - Practicality, comfort & boot space

The GWM Ora 03 has plenty of passenger space, but the boot is far too small

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

3.5 out of 5

Price
£31,995 to £34,995
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There is plenty of room in the GWM Ora 03 for two six-foot adults in the front, and all 03s come with electric front seats that make it easy to find a comfortable driving position. Driver memory isn’t an option, but the same is true of Trophy-spec versions of MG4

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Relatively thin front and side pillars allow for fine visibility forward and to the side, but the small rear window with no wiper can make reversing more awkward than it should be. Instead, the 03 offers standard rear parking sensors and a 360-degree camera system on Pure+ models, while the top-of-the-range Pro+ adds front parking sensors. Bright LED headlights with high beam assist are standard across both trim levels.

You’ll find a few storage spaces dotted around the front and a pair of cupholders ahead of the gear selector, but the relatively small door bins won’t take a large bottle of water.

Size

At 4,230mm long, 1,603mm high, and 1,825mm wide (2,010mm including the mirrors), the 03 is a little shorter than compact family cars like the Volkswagen ID.3 or MG4, but much longer than a MINI Electric and other small electric cars.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Five doors already make the 03 more practical than the three-door-only MINI Electric. However, the Ora’s rear doors don’t open all that wide, which could make it awkward getting a child into their child's seat. Once in, though, you’ll find enough room for a six-foot-tall adult to sit behind a similar-height driver. Headroom might be slightly restrictive for taller passengers due to the curved roofline, whereas the squarer Cupra Born and Volkswagen ID.3 are a little more accommodating. 

The flat floor means it shouldn’t be tricky if you need to carry three in the rear; by contrast, the MINI is a strict four-seater. You get ISOFIX points for the outer rear seats as per most of its rivals. The seats are firm, and the squab is short, so those with longer legs might wish for more under-thigh support.

Boot space

As we mentioned earlier, the 03 is only slightly shorter than either the MG4 and ID.3, but its 228-litre boot is a lot smaller than either of those cars, being much closer in size to the 211-litre boot in the MINI.

The other downsides are that there’s a very high lip you’ll need to lift items over to load (or unload) anything in the boot, and no adjustable boot floor to reduce this. The boot opening is a bit narrow, too, plus the wheel arches intrude into the luggage space itself. The latter might hamper efforts to load a fold-up pushchair, so parents should try before they buy. The rear seats fold in a 60/40 split to increase load capacity.

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