BYD Atto 3 Opinions — 5 Months On The Highway In Australia

The BYD Atto 3 was launched in Australia final quarter of final yr. At the moment, I spoke with Caleb Gittins, who advised me that ordering his automobile was like inserting a takeaway order on-line — it was that simple. He lately knowledgeable me that the automobile is due for its complimentary 5000 km service, and so I requested him what it has been like driving the Atto 3 in Australia.

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Caleb’s BYD Atto 3. Picture courtesy of Caleb Gittins.

The Atto 3 is a big addition to the electrical automobile choices in Australia and is at present the very best promoting non-Tesla on this nation.

Caleb tells me the service went properly. I’m trying ahead to understanding what must be carried out for an Atto 3 at a 5000 km service go to. Simply checking all the pieces over, I assume? The automobile was serviced by Eagers at Albion in Brisbane. Eagers additionally attended to the BYD security recall. Someway, the manufacturing unit carpeted over the anchor level for the kid seats. Though the Atto 3 has over-the-air replace functionality, Eagers wanted to put in up to date software program.

Caleb is loving the automobile. He expenses at residence. He generally has to commute over 300 km to work within the rural metropolis of Toowoomba — a few 300 km spherical journey — however that’s not an issue within the Atto 3 with its acknowledged vary of 480 km. (Although, Caleb tells me it’s nearer to 420 km in actual life.) Toowoomba is up on the highest of the Nice Dividing Vary, however regardless of the hill climb, he nonetheless arrives residence with 25% cost left in his battery. The drive is made simpler with adaptive cruise management and lane conserving enabled.

He’s trying ahead to Android Auto popping out quickly to combine his automobile and cellphone extra carefully. BYD is within the means of adapting its software program to go well with Android Auto.

I requested about reactions to the automobile from co-workers and buddies. He mentioned he will get loads of feedback in regards to the inside — it’s fairly distinctive, particularly the door handles and the banjo strings. He has given loads of take a look at drives. At any time when he parks, strangers come as much as him and ask him what it’s. He’s pondering of taking off the “Construct Your Goals” that labels the automobile throughout the again. “It doesn’t imply something,” he says. After main the best way, Caleb is now seeing a number of BYDs in his residence suburb within the north of Brisbane.

One commentator has been Caleb’s postie. “You’ve received two Teslas now?” he asks. (Caleb’s housemate drives a Mannequin 3.) “No. It’s a BYD.” After all, a proof needed to comply with. Additionally they had put in an additional wall charger. They now have one within the storage and one exterior. “I save tons of of {dollars} on petrol, so I don’t thoughts spending additional for the charger. It’s extra handy,” he tells me.

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Caleb’s Wallbox charger. Picture courtesy Caleb Gittins.

Caleb says he has been educating folks and the general response is constructive. Many individuals don’t realise that it’s electrical.

Since Caleb’s housemate owns a Mannequin 3 and I do know that they talk about their automobiles, I couldn’t resist asking for a comparability. The 2 automobiles dwell aspect by aspect. What is best about every? The Tesla Mannequin 3 doesn’t have a 360-degree digicam, automobile to load, a retractable sunroof, or Android Auto. Nonetheless, the Tesla has automated wipers, the automobile could be managed with an app, and it has driver profiles. Apparently, BYD has a automobile app in different nations, it simply hasn’t gotten to Australia but.

I requested in regards to the BYD assist teams on Fb — pages that I take advantage of for analysis incessantly. He says he checks in sometimes and might reply the straightforward questions for newbies. Caleb lately introduced his automobile to an Association of Independent Retirees gathering to debate EVs and present the members some samples. I noticed that he’s greater than able to demonstrating his automobile.

Thanks for sharing, Caleb. We’ll catch up at 10,000 km maybe.

My enquiries on Fb, on the BYD dialogue web page, inspired Xingyu Qiu to share his story.

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Xingyu’s BYD Atto 3. Picture courtesy Xingyu Qiu

“I’ve been an proprietor since November 2022 and have pushed over 7000 km in my BYD Atto 3.

The highest 5 pluses I’ve discovered are:

  1. Comparatively quiet for the value class. A lot better than a Tesla Mannequin 3/Y.
  2. Very compliant trip on properly sealed/paved/maintained roads.
  3. Very brilliant LED headlights with good attain.
  4. Availability of low auto regenerative braking on accelerator elevate off means it appears like a standard automobile. It’s additionally far smoother to function and likewise extra environment friendly than a excessive auto regenerative braking.
  5. Very environment friendly drive. Sure it is just a entrance mounted 150 kW motor, and regardless of weighing almost 2 tons, I’m managing 12.8-14 kWh/100 km and I’m a reasonably engaged driver.
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BYD inside. Picture courtesy of Xingyu Qiu.

Prime 5 minuses:

  1. Dealing with. The tyres are objectively dangerous. Its braking efficiency is probably going one in every of if not the worst in its value/measurement section. I swapped out the Batman tyres ASAP, to Bridgestone Turanzas and each metric (together with quietness) has improved.
  2. Suspension. On sealed/flat roads it can’t get any higher for this section of car. As quickly as you hit repeated undulations (say, on a freeway), the shortage of management within the suspension is extraordinarily apparent. The automobile bounces up and down far more than another compact SUV would. That is clearly tuned for low/medium pace city environments with properly maintained roads.
  3. Headlights don’t challenge large sufficient. They may have added a set cornering gentle, however it’s about 20° narrower than a CX-30 Astina/CX-5 Akera matrix LED headlights.
  4. The beeps and bongs are overly delicate, particularly the lane centering help system. Resting your hand on the wheel will not be sufficient, it’s worthwhile to give it lively enter each 5–10 seconds or the automobile will suppose you’re not holding the wheel. This turns into an enormous subject on very straight roads the place enter is actually not required.
  5. Entrance parking sensors are very poorly designed. There is just one sensor for every of the entrance corners, and none instantly ahead going through. This implies solely if you get tremendous near one thing in entrance of you, does the nook sensors begin going off.”

BYD is introducing two new fashions this yr and I anticipate that they are going to climb the gross sales charts simply as shortly because the Atto 3 has. Similar to in China, BYD might be Tesla’s major competitors in Australia.