BYD Atto 3 Evaluation — 1st Impressions


BYD Atto 3 — Intro

This BYD Atto 3 evaluation is concerning the export model of China’s BYD Yuan Plus. BYD is a Chinese language conglomerate that started off as a battery maker. It diversified into carmaking, and when the EV revolution began, BYD was among the many first to transform a few of its fossil gas automobiles into plug-in hybrid electrical automobiles. Earlier in 2022, it stopped all manufacturing of non-plugin automobiles. For a very good profile of the automaker, scroll to the underside of José Pontes’ article “Prime Promoting Auto Manufacturers & Auto Teams For EV Gross sales Globally.”

BYD has a typical “can do” mentality. When Covid-19 began in China, the federal government closed all factories. A manufacturing facility may solely restart when all of its staff had a recent masks daily. There was one drawback with the rule: there wasn’t sufficient manufacturing capability anyplace to supply all staff with masks. No person may purchase sufficient masks, not even for hospital staff. Within the western world, this induced denial of the beneficiary results of masks sporting.

The shortage of masks didn’t cease BYD. It designed extremely automated masks manufacturing traces, able to producing tens of hundreds of masks per day. Its machine outlets produced these manufacturing traces, and inside 5 days BYD produced sufficient masks for its 250,000 staff to return to work. BYD then bought dozens (or extra) manufacturing traces to different corporations that wished to reopen their factories as quickly as doable.

Beginning of the BEV

The Yuan mannequin vary of subcompact automobiles is known as after the Chinese language Yuan imperial dynasty based by Kublai Khan. The primary fashions have been based mostly on the DM (Twin Mode) platform developed for BYD hybrids.

The Yuan Plus was the primary automobile designed utilizing the brand new e-Platform 3.0. It’s BYD’s pure BEV platform. It makes use of cell-to-body battery know-how and LFP blade batteries. These are in all probability the most secure EV batteries within the business. The platform is ready to use 800V know-how, however the Atto 3 makes use of solely the 400V structure.

In 2017, BYD employed Wolfgang Egger. He was the previous head of design at Alfa Romeo and Audi, the place he made some revolutionary automobiles. He designed the Atto 3. The surface is good, however the inside is one thing particular. The audio system with ambient lighting within the door handles. The openings for the airco that seem like a set of small wheels. The guitar strings securing the contents of the door pockets. It’s value a go to to a vendor to look it over.

It additionally was simply awarded the household automobile of the yr award in Flanders, Belgium.


  • Battery — 60 kWh, with about 199 miles of vary.
  • Motor — 150 kW and 310 Nm, with front-wheel drive.
  • Charging — 90 kW DC and seven kW AC.
  • Euro NCAP — ***** (5 stars)
  • Size * Width * Top — 175.4” * 73.4” * 63.6”

The 15.6” middle display screen can pivot 90°, making its route planning higher in portrait mode. Panorama is best for infotainment, configuration, and video games.

An enormous sunroof will increase the sensation of spaciousness.

The warmth pump will increase effectivity in conserving each cabin and battery at optimum temp. The heated seats are nice on this time of yr. The 360° digital camera might be very useful. For the handfuls different large and small design touches, go to the vendor’s Atto 3 web page.

Driving Machine

Getting within the automobile was a pleasant shock. Many BEVs have sporty seats with excessive facet assist. It makes getting out and in tough and typically even painful. Not so with this automobile. The seat is sort of flat, giving not a lot assist in corners when driving sporty, however a pleasure for older folks with weaker and wider our bodies.

The accelerator kick-down impact, well-known from the Tesla launch mode, is trimmed down a bit. The total energy is offered, it simply comes on a bit extra step by step, one thing else I completely preferred. Regenerative braking is okay, however there’s no one-pedal-driving.

What’s there to say about driving an electrical automobile that has not been stated a thousand instances earlier than. It’s so superior in comparison with any fossil gas car {that a} take a look at drive to guage the driving traits is a waste of time, to be trustworthy.

Evaluating the completely different EVs on driving traits? With the low middle of mass properly within the middle of the automobile and nice suspension due to the larger mass, whereas there are variations between BEVs, most individuals will hardly discover them.

There’s sufficient energy to simply overtake a slower driver on the freeway. The front-wheel drive makes driving straightforward for these of us not attempting to be race automobile drivers and is safer in dangerous/winter climate situations. It additionally helps in navigating the small windy metropolis roads of Europe. That’s nice for folks like me. Actual automobile journalists will complain about this.

Infotainment & Driving Help

There’s a good Atto 3 evaluation from Australia on YouTube that covers the infotainment. Apart from the conventional automobile radio features, there may be Spotify. There are HERE maps for once you get misplaced. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be found to provide the instruments you might be used to utilizing in your smartphone.

There’s blind spot detection, line preserve help, and rear cross site visitors alert. The adaptive cruise management is nice and works in stop-and-go site visitors. I didn’t take a look at the parking help.

All these features are saved updated with over-the-air upgrades.


In day by day city, suburban, or rush-hour commuting, the standard is past what you want. However in Europe, getting groceries and the day by day commute are sometimes carried out with public transport or a bicycle (more and more an electrical one). The lengthy haul is what is commonly extra essential. I can solely say this automobile is made for it. The children will love the guitar snares on the doorways, the mother and father maybe a bit much less.

What is commonly a problem, even in automobiles just like the Mercedes EQE, is the legroom and headroom for the backseat passengers. It isn’t a problem on this automobile. The trunk is large and simply accessible by means of an enormous tailgate that opens and closes electrically. The double ground hides the emergency stuff, and in its excessive place, charging cables and instruments don’t litter the trunk whereas groceries are simply put in and lifted out of the trunk.







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