This is a comprehensive comparison of the specifications and features of BYD's most affordable electric cars in Australia, the BYD Seal mid-sized sedan and BYD Atto 3 SUV. This comparison focuses on the most comparable variants of each model:
Price and Incentives
The Atto 3 is the more expensive model despite being the smaller vehicle.
As of now, only $1,123 separates the base model variant of the BYD Seal and the BYD Atto 3 Extended Range. Both will be eligible for some state government incentives and the FBT exemption for electric vehicles.
For an estimated driveaway price and total cost of ownership - use the zecar cost of ownership calculator.
Size and Dimensions
The Seal 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's dedicated EV platform - e-platform 3.0. The Atto 3 is a high rising small SUV, whereas the Seal is a medium sedan.
The Seal is larger than the and Atto 3 are similar in size. The Seal is longer (+345 mm), while the Atto 3 is taller (+155 mm). Both vehicles are similar in width (1875mm).
The BYD Atto 3 is the lighter vehicle, weighing 172 kg less than the Seal.
The BYD Atto 3 is rated to tow at 750 kg, whereas the BYD Seal is yet to be rated.
Range and Performance
The Seal offers more range while the Atto 3 offers slightly faster acceleration.
On paper, the BYD Seal offers more claimed WLTP range (+40 km) and it is also more efficient than the BYD Atto 3, despite being 172 kg heavier.
Both the Seal and the Atto 3 share the same power output, the key difference is the Seal features a rear-wheel drivetrain whereas the Atto 3 features a front-wheel drivetrain.
On the other hand, the BYD Atto 3 offers faster acceleration than the BYD Seal, hitting 0 to 100 km/hr in 7.3 seconds.
Battery and Charging
The Seal offers faster DC charging speeds compared to the Atto 3.
The Seal offers faster DC charging speeds at maximum of 110kW DC versus 89 kW DC peak for the Atto 3. The single phase on-board charger of both models also offer the same AC charging rates of 7 kW AC which is considered on the slow side.
Both vehicles 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.
Calculate your personal charging costs and times for each model using this calculator.
The Seal 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. The Seal however offers a larger drivers display screen.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Seal has a stronger infotainment offering than the Atto 3.
The BYD Seal is considered to have a superior infotainment and connectivity offering highlighted by its sharp 15.6 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 Seal 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 Seal features a fixed glass panoramic roof.
Warranty and Servicing
The Seal and the 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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