• Good ride quality
    • Good range
    • Great package for money
    • Tyres can be improved
    • Intelligent cruise control system needs calibration. It nags me to keep hands on a steering wheel.
    • No frunk, but there is plenty of space for it
    5 Star

    About the BYD Atto 3 EV

    A R purchased this BYD Atto 3 EV new with additional options for $53,720 (including all on-road costs). A R would buy this car again because: “I would definitely buy it again. The car has a lot of equipment as standard. It drives really well. Acceleration is great and effortless. The range is great. It has modern and responsive infotainment screen. Interior is great and funky. It has guitar strings! Exterior is great as well.”

    How reliable has your car been? Tell us about any issues.

    I had this car for more than 3 months. I had my first service done at 60 day mark recently. Reliability wise there is nothing to complain about.

    There were some changes with OTA updates on how pedestrian warning works and lane keep assist. With the latest software it doesn’t beep a lot, no weird spaceship noise at low speeds, lane keep assist works well and gently keep you in the lane.

    So, it is been 100 per cent reliable for me. No creaks or other noises. Everything works as intended.

    What do you think of the ownership experience with your car?

    As for ownership experience. It is pretty easy to live with.

    I have many options to charge the car, but my routine ended up at topping up on weekends in the morning of excess solar power. This gives me enough juice to last a week of driving around town.

    If I go on a trip, I just charge it overnight to 100 per cent.

    Plus, I have plenty of DC chargers in the area. I used them when I just got the car and was waiting for home charger to be installed and this was pretty easy as well. I had one near shopping centre, so I was topping up while shopping for groceries.

    How has the purchase and aftercare experience been with your car?

    The purchase process was easy. I had a look at the car in experience centre. Liked it. Went home and pushed the button order online. I arranged my own finances.

    The car was ready for me within two weeks of pressing order online button. And this is how I prefer it. And the fact that they didn’t have a list of options, and everything came as standard was just amazing.

    I had a first service done after 60 days. This was very easy as well and done through MyCar. Scanned QR code in a car. Chose the closest centre to me and scheduled online. Came in at exactly scheduled time. They took the car and sent me a text message when it was ready to pick up.

    Are you happy with the price and features of your car?

    Price wise I wish it was less expensive, but I think this is the best car for the money. I needed an SUV because occasionally I load something big at the back from IKEA or Bunnings.

    So, I was looking at Tesla Model Y and BYD Atto 3. Atto 3 was significantly cheaper and had buttons in the interior and the interior was quirky and not boring. It had a retractable sunroof curtain. Only $700 for extra red colour and it had V2L.

    What do you think of the performance and economy of your car?

    Range wise it would be around 380km at highway speeds. I thought it would be worse when hammering 110km/h.

    But consumption was never too high and was consistent across three trips. And around city that would be around 460km. I’m pretty happy with this. Energy efficiency is around 14-16kWh/100km

    What do you think of the technology in your car?

    Infotainment system is quick and intuitive. I don’t use android auto I use standard navigation and it is great. It is responsive and knows all local business names.

    I think it is just Google Maps wrapped in BYD UI. Spotify works great. Radio works great as well. Cross traffic alerts work as intended. I like gentle lane keep assist in V1.7. Pedestrian warning noise is gone in V1.7 as well.

    Then there is great battery tech. It can be charged to 100 per cent without any problems. And it passed a nail penetration test and this gives me a peace of mind.

    What do you think of the ride comfort and handling of your car?

    As the car goes it is easy to drive in the city. It is pretty quick from traffic lights. In the specs it is 150kW motor but when you floor it is 160kW on a screen.

    They over deliver in there and it is nice. Tyres could be better but not the end of the world.

    For parking there is 360 cameras that pop up on a screen with a click of a button on a steering wheel or when you shift into reverse. Suspension works really well, and I barely feel potholes in the cabin. Crossing railway crossing feels like driving on smooth road.

    On highway it is rock solid and adaptive cruise works really well. Adaptive steering works ok, but I don’t use it because it keeps nagging me to keep my hands on a steering wheel. This definitely can be improved.

    Overall Rating

    Ride & Handling9.5
    Price & Features9.5
    Purchase & Aftercare9.5
    Performance & Economy9.5
    Ownership Experience10