Performance and Range
The BYD Atto3 offers an alternative option that you may not have considered before, but perhaps you should. While it may not fulfill your wildest dreams, the performance it delivers is nothing to scoff at. With a 261-mile range from its 60.5 Kow battery, the Atto3 proves its worth. And thanks to its unique blade-style construction, the battery density is unparalleled.
Power and Drive
Under the hood, the Atto3 boasts a single 201 BHP electric motor, positioned on the front axle rather than the rear like its counterparts, such as the Volkswagen Scoda or CER models. This design choice does not hinder the overall performance of the vehicle. In fact, the Atto3 displays a pleasant eagerness when it comes to performance.
The BYD Atto3 comes with three drive modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport. While there may not be a substantial difference between them, the Sport mode is recommended if you want to achieve the quoted 7.3-second 0 to 62 mph time. This acceleration is about a second faster than similar models like the Kia Nero EV or Scoda Anac IV 60.
Handling and Comfort
Contrary to what you might expect, the handling dynamics of the Atto3 are not tailored for those who enjoy spirited driving. The multi-link rear suspension, with its soft springs, is designed to prioritize comfort. In fact, the level of comfort surpasses that of most Citrons we’ve tried, which is an impressive feat. However, if you find yourself needing to push the limits on a twisting secondary route, the Atto3 provides excellent cornering traction.
Top Speed and Noise
The Atto3’s top speed reaches 99 mph, which is common for electric vehicles. However, you may need to overlook the peculiar pedestrian acoustic noise that the vehicle emits. While it may sound otherworldly, it should not hinder your overall driving experience.
Overall, the BYD Atto3 offers a compelling alternative for those seeking a reliable electric vehicle with impressive performance and a comfortable ride. Its range, power, and handling capabilities make it a worthy contender in its class.
Excellence in Refinement
The BYD Atto3, as reviewed by Skyfleet Car Leasing, exhibits a commendable level of refinement, particularly at low speeds. This is quite impressive, considering that not all electric vehicles in this class can boast the same refinement. The car’s refinement becomes an advantage when cruising, providing a pleasant driving experience. Additionally, the Atto3 comes equipped with standard adaptive cruise control, which further enhances the comfort during long drives.
One notable feature of the Atto3 is its adjustable regenerative braking system. By toggling a switch on the center console, drivers can choose between standard and high regen settings. However, it must be noted that the difference between the two settings is not significant. Even in the more aggressive regen mode, the Atto3 falls short of providing the full one-pedal driving experience promised by some rival manufacturers.
Ambiguity in Brand and Size
Upon first glance, there is a certain ambiguity surrounding the BYD Atto3. Its brand identity is somewhat difficult to place, emanating a unique vibe that is hard to pinpoint. The Chinese origin of the model adds further intrigue. Similarly, the Atto3’s size classification is also uncertain. It is slightly larger than compact hatch models like the KERO EV and Volkswagen ID3, yet falls a bit short compared to slightly larger vehicles in the sector, such as the Volkswagen ID4 or Hyundai Ioniq 5. In this sense, the Atto3 can be seen as straddling two sectors, much like its rival, the Skoda Enyaq IV.
The design of the Atto3 leans towards the conservative side, with a touch of understated elegance. While the crossover styling may appear a tad bland to some, it exudes a sense of sophistication and practicality. Adding a subtle pop to the overall look, the silver textured D-pillar panel adds a touch of uniqueness to the Atto3’s appearance.
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Interior design with unexpected quirks
First Impressions, Tak in the small instrument screen screen here and the huge Central display. Then, as you survey, this two-tone, interior, you’ll start to note, little design touches the weird door pull catch. On top of the circular speaker, the strange tubular silver gear selector and just below that, a start. Stop button with a twinkling outer frame, uh textured top for the storage bin between the seats, air vents like old CD racks, the stitched dash-top covering, and door bins, which are impractically framed by guitar string-like fors.
The Central electric rotary touchscreen
The main feature of note, though, is this Central electric rotary touchscreen, which will be either 12.8 in or, as in this case, an enormous 15.6 in in size, depending on the trim level you’ve chosen. Strangely, it can rotate to display in either landscape or portrait formats, via a push of a provided, steering wheel. Button BYD thinks it’s safer to use the landscape screen for media functions and the portrait screen for the satinav. The much smaller dig instrument screen has a much more restricted 5 in space to show its information, but it’s pretty clearly laid out.
Comfort in the back
Let’s take a look in the back rear leg. The space is surprisingly roomy, with ample legroom for even taller passengers. The seats themselves are comfortable and supportive, making long journeys a breeze. However, the headroom may be a bit limited for taller individuals, so keep that in mind.
The BYD Atto3 is packed with high-tech features, making it a truly modern car in its class. The touchscreen interface is intuitive and responsive, allowing for easy navigation and control over various functions. The inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ensures seamless smartphone integration, allowing you to access your favorite apps and services on the go.
Efficiency and sustainability
One of the standout features of the BYD Atto3 is its electric powertrain, ensuring zero-emissions and a more sustainable driving experience. With its impressive range, you can confidently take on daily commutes without worrying about running out of power. Charging is also convenient, with options for both home charging and public charging stations.
Room and Seating
One of the standout features of the BYD Atto3 is its spacious interior, even by the high standards of the EV class. The flat floor adds to the roominess and makes it easier to accommodate three people in the back seat. However, the panoramic glass roof slightly restricts headroom. While the bench doesn’t slide or recline, it still allows for comfortable seating.
The Atto3 offers a decent amount of boot space, although rear seat legroom does take a hit. The top design level of trim comes with a powered tailgate, which reveals a 440L space. Although this is 35L less than the slightly smaller KERO EV, pushing forward the 60/40 split backrest opens up a generous 1338L of space.
Electric Architecture and Charging
Despite BYD’s expertise in designing and manufacturing EV drivetrain components, the Atto3 falls short in terms of its electrical architecture. Unlike the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which offers an 800V electrical architecture for ultra-rapid DC charging, the Atto3 sticks with the conventional 400V setup. The entry-level model even comes with a weak 7KW onboard charger, while the mid-spec Comfort trim and above receive a proper 11KW charging unit.
With the 11KW charger connected to a public 150KW DC charger, the Atto3 can reach a maximum charging speed of 88KW. This allows for a 30% to 80% boost in just 29 minutes. If charging at home using a 7KW wallbox, it takes approximately 9 hours and 42 minutes to charge from empty to full.
BYD Atto3 Short Review by Skyfleet Car Leasing
Charging Options and Efficiency
If you’ve avoided base trimming, you can use an 11 KW three-phase charger. This charging option allows for a faster charging time, reducing the figure to 6-12 hours. The convenience of shedding your charging can be accessed via a smart charging section of the central screen.
Pricing and Features
Considering the features offered, we were surprised that BYD hasn’t priced the Atto3 a touch lower to give customers more reason to switch from an established brand. However, there’s no doubt that you do get an awful lot for what you’re paying here, including a greater slice of interior tech than you might expect at this price point.
More Than Meets the Eye
BYD, a technology company rather than a car brand, presents itself with the Atto3. This model’s unique dense blade battery and standard heat pump showcase BYD’s innovative approach. There’s more to the Atto3 than meets the eye, highlighting BYD’s big plans for the car market in the UK. With a strong presence in the electric bus market and being involved in producing batteries for various devices, BYD aims to sell cars as part of its future endeavors.
In , the BYD Atto3 offers a unique and quirky design, with unexpected touches that add personality to the interior. The high-tech features and electric powertrain make it a practical and sustainable option for those seeking an eco-friendly car. With its comfortable seating and ample legroom, it provides a comfortable ride for both driver and passengers. Overall, the BYD Atto3 presents itself as a compelling option in the electric car market.