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BYD Atto 3 verdict

2023 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 53.6

Written by Alan Taylor-Jones Published: 9 March 2023 Updated: 3 November 2023

Should you buy one?

Assuming the range offered works for you, we’d recommend you put the BYD Atto 3 on your shortlist for a test drive. Space inside is for the most part good while quality and equipment impresses. Given that it’s nearer the price of an EV hatch than similarly sized SUV, it’s good value, too. We do wish there was a bit more rear headroom while the driving experience isn’t going to appeal to an enthusiast.

Whichever way you cut it, BYD has given Europe’s established car manufacturers something to worry about. The Atto 3 represents a real step forward for the Chinese car industry in the west, offering far better quality than the cars from the only other Chinese brand to properly penetrate the market, MG.

Although it’s a fine effort, the Skoda Enyaq iV is available with more range and is more spacious, still making it our pick of the sensibly-priced electric SUVs.

What we like

It’s pleasant to look at and drive, and reasonably efficient, striking a good balance between battery capacity and range. In those terms, it enters the market ahead of the established rivals from Stellantis with their 50kWh battery packs and sub-200 mile range.

What we don’t like

Although it’s competent, and doesn’t really put a foot wrong, there isn’t quite enough here to convince us to move away from a more established brand with a bigger dealer network and better warranty support. That will no doubt change, such is the pace of development of the Chinese car industry.