2023 Ora Good Cat video review – cheapest EV in Malaysia, from RM140k OTR; good value for money?

2023 Ora Good Cat video review – cheapest EV in Malaysia, from RM140k OTR; good value for money?

Priced from RM139,800, the Ora Good Cat from Great Wall Motors is the cheapest fully electric vehicle on sale in Malaysia. Here, we have the 500 Ultra that is priced at RM169,800 on-the-road without insurance; the starting price is for the base 400 Pro variant, with both variants launched at the model’s Malaysian debut last November.

Our man Hafriz Shah puts the Good Cat through its paces and discovers what’s great about this electric vehicle, particularly for its price point, and what areas are less exemplary.

The figures in the 400 Pro and 500 Ultra variant names are in reference to their respective battery ranges. It must be noted, however that these are based on the older, NEDC range standard, rather than the current WLTP standard that is commonly used today.

2023 Ora Good Cat video review – cheapest EV in Malaysia, from RM140k OTR; good value for money?

Beyond the differing battery capacities, the 400 Pro and 500 Ultra variants use different types of battery, with the 400 Pro getting a 47.8 kWh lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) battery, while the 500 Ultra gets a 63.1 kWh ternary lithium battery.

For the 400 Pro, charging at 6.6 kW AC through a Type 2 connection yields a full charge in eight hours, or 0-80% charge via DC fast charging in just 46 minutes. Meanwhile, the larger battery in the 500 Ultra takes around 10 hours for a full charge from an AC source, while DC fast charging at 60 kW yields a 0-80% charge in around 40 minutes.

From its styling to interior materials as well as on-road performance, the Ora Good Cat is a likeable machine, though there are shortcomings which revealed themselves in the car’s time with us; watch the video to find out more about it.

What do you think of the Ora Good Cat? Do you run one on a daily basis? Let us know in the comments.

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.

 

Comments

  • ROTI CANAI on Jan 17, 2023 at 11:32 am

    one small problem. BYD ATTO 4?

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    • Anonymous on Jan 17, 2023 at 2:49 pm

      Not the same market segment. The Atto 4 is expected to be closer to RM250k. The closest equivalent would be BYD Dolphin. But the Good Cat is a C-segment, the Dolphin is smaller but should also be cheaper.

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  • Wiraturbo on Jan 17, 2023 at 12:28 pm

    If you could touch on the braking feel, which I think is regenerative type, would make this review more comprehensive.

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  • Mike Wong SumTing on Jan 17, 2023 at 5:49 pm

    Still waiting for Ora Good Cow pickup truck

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  • Noted that the settings have too many steps to navigate. But is there a voice command feature on the informant system which will just execute the settings the driver wants?

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