About the Atto 3 EV
This China-made BYD Atto 3, a renamed version of a car called Yuan Plus, will be sold online in Australia kicking off at $44,381 before on-road costs, with deliveries estimated to begin in July 2022 according to the company.
It fits well below the rebate cutoff for the Australian States that offer such programs and can be locked in with a $1000 refundable deposit.
That asking price compares well with the (also Chinese) MG ZS EV, which has become the number-two electric car in the country by sales behind the Shanghai-assembled Tesla Model 3.
Atto 3 EV Price
The price of BYD Atto 3 Superior is $44,381 while the additional battery capacity extended range version comes in at $47,381.
Some states in Australia offer incentives for electric vehicles which may bring that price down.
The addition of blue or grey colours is a $700 option.
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There are currently two version of the BYD Atto 3.
BYD Atto 3 Superior:
- 50.1 kWh battery
- Driving range: 320km (WLTP) 400km (NEDC)
- AC / DC charging ports and 220v emergency charging cable
- Roughly 45 minute charge time with an approved super charger (DC MAX of 80kw)
- Lane Departure warning
- Active Cruise Control
- Autonomous Emergency Braking system with front and rear collision warning
- ABS & Traction control
- Seven airbags (front, front side, full length curtain and driver's passenger side airbag)
- Six-way driver and four-way front passenger power adjusted seats
- ISOFIX child seat anchor points
- 1330 litres of boot space when rear seat folded
- Electronic panoramic sunroof
- Eight speaker Dirac Sound System
- 12.8-inch rotating infotainment touch screen display with DAB, Bluetooth
- 5 Inch digital instrument panel
- Wireless phone charging
- Automatic tailgate (open and close)
- Roof rails
BYD Atto 3 Superior extended range:
- 60.4 kWh battery
- Driving range: 420 (WLTP) 480 (NEDC)
Despite its price point, the interior of the BYD ATTO 3 looks modern and well appointed.
We are yet to see and assess one in person, but from the images we would certainly rate it higher than some of its contemporary rivals.
What remains to be seen is whether the fit and finish is up to standard, and if the infotainment system is bug-free and effective. So far as we can tell, there is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto which is a bit of a let down for such a modern car.
The steering wheel, the large screen, the gearstick, and even the buttons on the centre console all look very modern and futuristic. We particularly like the way the speakers protrude from the doors and the use of multi-tone colours throughout the interior.
The BYD ATTO 3's exterior is sculpted to be modern, but not over the top. The wheels are probably the only aspect of the car that makes it stand out as something abnormal - in this case, an EV.
Other than that, it has a very European look to it and certainly from our first impressions, is a good looking vehicle.
Atto 3 EV Colours
Currently Australian-delivered BYD ATTO 3s are available in white by default with a $700 option to upgrade to Grey or Blue.
Red and Green are available in other markets and may find themselves here in the future.
Cost of Ownership
There are not many details around how often BYD intends to charge for servicing.
All that work will be carried out by MyCar service centres (previously KMart Tyre and Auto) around the country.
How it Drives
We are yet to drive the BYD ATTO 3, but look forward to getting behind the wheel of the vehicle in due time to discover if it's a comfortable place to be for both inner-city driving and long distance travel.
What we do know is that the ATTO 3 is front-wheel drive and takes 7.3 seconds to get from 0-100km/h. That's reasonable, but not what we are used to from the faster EVs from brands like Tesla.
The EV system is rated as having 150kW of power and 310Nm of torque. The Chinese brand has yet to disclose the weight of the vehicle officially, but we believe it to be around 1605kg.
- 7 SRS airbags bags: front, front side, full length curtain airbags, and driver’s far-side airbag
- Electric Parking Brake System (EPB)
- Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
- Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
- Traction Control System (TCS)
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
- Hill Decent Control (HDC)
- Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)
- Automatic Emergency Braking System (AEB)
- Front Collision Warning (FCW)
- Rear Collision Warning (RCW)
- Door Open Warning (DOW)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
- Rear Cross Traffic Brake (RCTB)
Atto 3 EV Lifecycle
The BYD Atto 3 is new vehicle launching in the second half of 2022. It's unlikely there will be any updates to the car in the next few years.
We anticipate a mid-life update around 2025 prior to BYD launching a complete replacement vehicle in this segment by around 2028.
Atto 3 EV Warranty
There is currently no available information on servicing requirements, however given other EVs have no real timeline for servicing, we suspect it will be more around consumables like tyres, brake pads.
BYD says the battery capacity will decrease with time and use, and provides a seven-year or 160,000km battery warranty. It does not yet specify at which percentage capacity or battery deterioration point, the battery will be replaced.
The vehicle itself comes with a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Atto 3 EV Stock Availability
The car is seemingly available to order from BYD distributor EVDirect, with deliveries set to start in July 2022.
Atto 3 EV Infotainment
From an electric vehicle perspective, the Atto 3 uses a domestic three-pin Plug AC Charger. It supports both AC Charging Port - Type 2 and DC Charging Port - CCS 2.
It also includes V2L, or vehicle to load. The idea is that you can use your BYD vehicle to power external items, such as a coffee machine or stove when camping.
BYD claims the external discharge power rating to be3300w, and the discharge voltage is 220V household voltage, which provides support for household appliances.
As with all EV's currently on sale, it also supports 3 Phase charging capability.
As from a, infotainment perspective, all we know so far is that the Atto 3 has a 12.8-inch central touchscreen.
Atto 3 EV Boot Space
BYD claims the ATTO 3 has a cargo space of 1330L with the rear seats folded down.
Atto 3 EV Dimensions
The BYD ATTO 3 is 4455mm long, 1875mm wide and 1615mm tall, with a 2720mm wheelbase.
BYD Atto 3 EV Interesting Facts
BYD stands for Build Your Dreams.