BYD ATTO 3 DRIVEN: new contender or novelty? We deliver the surprise verdict / Electrifying

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The electric car revolution is already shaking up the automotive business. Tesla has proved that a small manufacturer with no history of making cars can catapult itself to the top of the sales charts. The latest name to join the fray is BYD – a Chinese electric brand that has enjoyed huge success in its domestic market, comfortably outselling all its rivals – Tesla included.

BYD’s first foray into the booming UK electric market is the Atto 3, a mid-size premium SUV that will go head-to-head with the likes of the new Hyundai Kona, Kia Niro EV and Škoda Enyaq.

The Atto introduces the brand’s acclaimed ‘blade’ battery technology to the UK for the first time. The 60.5kWh pack uses Lithium Iron-Phosphate (LFP) as its cathode material, which, according to BYD, offers a much higher level of safety than conventional lithium-ion batteries. The pack is also cobalt-free and comes with a new integrated heat pump as standard on all models. BYD claims that the pump delivers the industry’s first direct cooling and heating system, which has the potential to increase the thermal efficiency by up to 20% in the winter. Vehicle to Load (V2L) is also fitted as standard to all models from launch.

In terms of range, the Atto 3 comes with a modest 260 mile WLTP range, which is likely to deliver around 210-220 miles of real world range. Disappointingly, the Atto 3 only offers 87kW rapid charging capability. Although BYD claims that a 10-80% charge can be achieved in 44 minutes on a 150KW rapid charger, the Atto 3’s sector rivals (with the exception of the Kia Niro EV) offer significantly higher speeds with both the Škoda Enyaq and Volkswagen ID.4 both coming with 135kW charging systems as standard.

Join Tom as he takes a deep dive into the Atto 3 on UK roads for the first time. Is the BYD Atto 3 on your shortlist? Would you consider buying from an unknown brand like BYD? Let us know in the comments below.

BYD Atto 3 – from £36,490 – £38,990
201bhp, 310Nm of torque
Front wheel drive, 1-spd
7.3 seconds 0-62mph, 99mph top speed
60.5kWh battery (useable), 261 miles range WLTP
88kw DC, 7.4kw AC (optional 11kw), 44 min fast DC, 66min 50kW
9hr 45 mins on home wallbox
Weight: 1,750kg
Boot: 440-litres/ 1,338 seats folded (No frunk)
Tow: no
Standard heatpump
Vehicle-to-load 3.3kW AC
Five star EuroNcap


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