This is a comprehensive comparison of the specifications and features of BYD's most affordable electric cars in Australia, the BYD Dolphin hatchback and BYD Atto 3 SUV. This comparison focuses on the most comparable variants of each model, Extended Range (Premium):
Price and Incentives
The Atto 3 is the more expensive model, offering more space and a few more features.
For an estimated driveaway price and total cost of ownership - use the zecar cost of ownership calculator.
Size and Dimensions
The Atto 3 is the larger car overall, offering more space all round.
Both EVs are considered to be practical for their class. They are both built on BYD dedicated EV platform - e-platform 3.0. The Atto 3 is a high rising small SUV, whereas the Dolphin is a small car/hatchback.
The BYD Atto 3 is larger than the Dolphin in size, it is taller (+45 mm) and wider (+105 mm). The Atto 3 also has a larger boot (+95 L).
The Dolphin is the lighter vehicle, weighing 92 kg less than the Atto 3, resulting in superior energy efficiency compared to the Atto 3.
The Atto 3 is rated to tow at 700 kg unbraked, whereas the BYD Dolphin is yet to be rated.
Range and Performance
The Dolphin and Atto 3 offers almost identical levels of range and performance.
Both BYD Atto 3 and BYD Dolphin share the same battery pack (60.5 kWh) and front wheel-drive drivetrain.
On paper, the BYD Dolphin offers slightly more claimed WLTP range (+7 km) and it is also more efficient than the BYD Atto 3, attributable to being 92 kg lighter.
The BYD Dolphin offers faster acceleration than the BYD Atto 3, hitting 0 to 100 km/hr in 7.0 seconds. This is due its lighter weight since both vehicles have similar power, torque and have the same front-wheel drive setup.
Battery and Charging
The Dolphin and Atto 3 offer the same charging speeds.
Both offer V2L which allows you to use the car's battery as a mobile power bank. This could be useful for camping, road-trips and potentially in the event of a blackout. The bidirectional power of the Dolphin, at 3.3 kW, is superior to the Atto 3.
Calculate your personal charging costs and times for each model using this calculator.
The Dolphin and Atto 3 come with the same driver assist technology and features.
The BYD Dolphin and BYD Atto 3 offer similar levels of driver-assist technology features. They offer key features such as a 360 degree camera, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Dolphin and Atto 3 share the same infotainment offering.
The BYD Atto 3 and Dolphin share the same infotainment and connectivity offering, highlighted by its sharp 12.8 inch centre screen, snappy user-friendly interface and high quality sound system.
Both feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Both models feature the BYD mobile app which allow functionalities such as remote lock, pre-heating/cooling and charge monitoring.
The Atto 3 comes with a sunroof as standard whereas the Dolphin comes with a panoramic glass roof.
Both vehicles offer similar additional features such as a heat pump which comes as standard. The Atto 3 comes with a retractable sunroof, whereas the Dolphin features a fixed glass panoramic roof.
Warranty and Servicing
The Dolphin and Atto 3 share the same BYD EV warranty.
Both vehicles have the same vehicle warranty at six-years/150,000 km and the same battery warranty based on number of years.
About the author
Danny is a consultant and entrepreneur working at the cutting edge of the electric vehicle and energy transition. He is passionate about educating and helping consumers make better decisions through data. He is the founder of zecar and is currently the EV Innovation Manager at Endeavour Energy.
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