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BYD Atto 3: Driving Impressions & Review

Meet the BYD Atto 3! While not yet available in the U.S., our EV expert PJ gives his thoughts on what it is like to take this urban cruiser out for a drive in Malaysia

White BYD Atto 3 on display in a dealership

What is the BYD Atto 3 like to drive?

The BYD (short for “Build Your Dreams”) Atto 3 is a zippy crossover suited for the city. It comes in two versions:

  • Standard Range: ~260 miles of range, NEDC
  • Extended Range: ~300 miles of range, NEDC

While driving the BYD Atto 3, the regenerative braking is not as aggressive as that in a Tesla Model 3 or Tesla Model Y. Indeed, there are two modes: “standard” and “high”, both adjustable through a toggle on the center console. Yet the driving dynamics of the BYD Atto 3 are more representative of a standard, gas-powered vehicle. For example, even its “high” regenerative braking mode feels more reminiscent of engine braking, and the vehicle will still creep forward without any pedal movement. Additionally, while still impressive, its acceleration is not as powerful as other electric cars. However, this car is perfect to tackle most daily-use needs in the city.

BYD Atto 3 in white on display in a dealership

Which features can I find in the BYD Atto 3?

The BYD Atto 3 also boasts a very unique interior, with a flowing design language and use of funky materials for details such as the air vents. The driver’s display screen rotates vertically and horizontally, adjusting to your preference. The steering wheel has a hefty, premium feel, but the dashboard is otherwise composed of more basic materials. The Atto 3 also includes a nifty voice recognition system, built-in navigation, and multicolor ambient lighting controls. With its wide opening, the panoramic sunroof also demonstrates how the BYD Atto 3 provides drivers with various premium features, but in a value-oriented package. It is clear that the BYD is targeting a more mass-market consumer with the Atto 3, instead of trying to compete directly with premium models from Tesla or legacy auto manufacturers.

Lastly, the BYD Atto 3 includes some advanced active safety features, by way of level 2 autonomous driving. At this classification, however, the driver still needs to keep an eye on the road. Additional aids include lane keeping assist and blindspot monitoring.

While not currently available in the U.S., the BYD Atto 3 is priced comparably to a mainstream Toyota Corolla Cross. Hence, its market positioning is perfect for a city driver looking for that value-packed ride with an electric twist. In this segment, it truly stands in a class of its own. Check out PJ’s firsthand impressions in our Youtube video.

Steering wheel and display screen of the BYD Atto 3

Battery Specs for the BYD Atto 3

What about the battery? Here are the specifications for the BYD Atto 3:

Standard Range

  • Range: 260 miles, NEDC
  • Battery Size: 49.94 kWh

Extended Range

  • Range: 300 miles, NEDC
  • Battery Size: 60.48 kWh

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