In the event of an accident, this Chinese electric car is safer than the Mégane E-Tech and the BMW i4

It has not yet arrived in Europe and is already making a fuss: it is the friendly Ora Funky Cat from the Chinese group Great Wall Motor, which has just received 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests.

in the question, “Why aren’t Chinese cars sold in Europe anymore”, the answer was clear: they do not meet the safety standards in force on the Old Continent. This was true a few years ago, but with the overflowing ambitions of Chinese manufacturers in Europe, they obviously needed to catch up.

The independent body Euro NCAP has recently amended its protocol, also emphasizing driving aids. Thus, we saw some models plummet in the ranking after passing through the new protocol, such as the Renault Zoé, which went from 5 to 0 stars. That doesn’t mean a Zoe isn’t safe anymore. What makes the difference today is also and above all the presence of active security elementsas lane crossing warning or automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection.

Modern cars are obviously all equipped with it as standard now, but other models like the more modestly priced Dacia Spring don’t have it and are penalized by the test protocol. Despite that, rare are the models that get less than 4 stars.

China’s surprise

Euro NCAP recently published a new burst of results, including those of the Tesla Model Y which simply becomes the safest car of all the models tested by Euro NCAP since the new protocol. It gets an overall rating of 92%, three points above safety benchmarks like the Lexus LX and Subaru Outback.

In addition to the American SUV record, another model stood out: the Ora Funky Cat. That name probably doesn’t mean much to you, and that’s normal since the car isn’t marketed in Europe yet. This model will be presented next October on the occasion of the World Cup in Paris by the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors before being marketed on the Old Continent.

And the dreaded Euro NCAP crash test went very well, to say the least, as the Ora Funky Cat got the maximum rating of 5 stars. It even allowed itself to do better than certain references in Europe, namely the Renault Mégane E-Tech and the BMW i4. Thus, in the categories “Adult protection”, “Pedestrian protection” and “Safety aids”, the small Chinese car scored 92%, 74% and 93%, all better than the two European models mentioned above.

As noted by our colleagues at Numerama, if we add up the points from the different ratings, the Ora Funky Cat ranks third in the rankings, behind the Volkswagen ID.5 and Tesla Model Y.

But what is the Ora Funky Car?

Halfway between compact and urban, even if the dimensions (4,235 x 1,825 x 1,603 mm) bring it closer to a Volkswagen ID.3 than a Fiat 500, the Ora Funky Car should please many European customers with its delicate neo -Retro style, which draws many inspirations. Its round optics at the front resemble, for example, a mix between a Mini and a Porsche, while the rear looks like a Renault Zoé without lights.

Technically, the Ora Funky Cat has a battery of 48 kWh for an advertised range of 193 WLTP miles (i.e. approximately 310km). That’s not much for a car with such a battery. It is worth remembering that a Renault Zoé with its 50 kWh battery promises a range of 390 km. In terms of performance, Great Wall Motors promises from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds thanks to a 171 horsepower positioned on the front axle and torque of 250 Nm. To recharge, it is necessary to have a power of 80 kW in DC and 11 kW in three-phase AC or 6.6 kW in single-phase.

The advantage of this model must be its price, even if it is still unknown at the time of writing these lines. In the UK, the Ora Funky Cat will be available later in the year at a price of £30,495, i.e. about 36,000 euros. Quite a high price compared to other technically similar models that seem, on paper, to be more successful.

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