What is it?

Did you know a brand is out there selling more electric cars than Hyundai, Volkswagen, and at times, Tesla? It's BYD, a not-so-familiar name, but one to watch out for. This Chinese manufacturer has just emerged onto the scene in the UK and is growing in popularity day-by-day.

The first BYD model to reach the UK market is the Atto 3, the smallest electric SUV in the range, is a trailblazer, holding its own in a fast-growing EV market.

BYD Atto 3 parked in driveway

What’s under the bonnet?

The BYD Atto 3 is a very impressive small SUV. This fully electric vehicle is capable of up to 261 miles of pure electric range on a full charge and has a power output of 204 hp which is plenty for the everyday driver. The 0-62 mph acceleration time is 7.3 seconds, which makes stop-start, in town driving and motorway commutes easy alike,

BYD’s Blade Battery has been fitted to the Atto 3, this game-changing battery, is not only one of the safest in the world but has a longer lifecycle than its competitors. The space saving design delivers longer range and provides enhanced energy density.

What’s it like to drive?

Driving the BYD Atto 3 is a great experience, filled with both comfort and excitement. In urban spaces, the car manoeuvres smoothly, thanks to its light steering and considerable 10.7-metre turning circle. Its soft suspension allows for a comfortable ride, effortlessly easing over city streets' lumps and bumps.

The Atto 3's electric motor picks up speed quickly and is very efficient. There is also a sport mode which creates a more exciting driving style. No matter how or where you choose to drive, the Atto 3 makes all journeys enjoyable.

BYD Atto 3 driving on a road
BYD Atto 3 driving  between buildings

How does it look?

On the outside, the Atto 3 carries a simple yet neat design. It echoes hints of the Volkswagen ID.4 in the detailing along its edges. You'll also notice the full ‘Build Your Dreams’ slogan written across the tailgate, giving it that extra touch of personality.

The model has an expressive upward sloping waistline, a variety of vibrant colours to choose from and a selection of dynamic alloy wheels.

What’s it like inside?

The interior of the Atto 3 really is where BYD have decided to go to town. The interior styling follows a quirky gym-inspired design aesthetic, with barbell-style levers as door handles, a kettlebell-handled gear selector and a centre armrest that is inspired by a treadmill.

Whilst the playful interior offers a unique and distinctive style, it also offers a fantastic level of comfort and convenience. The ergonomically integrated front sports seats are heated and electrically adjustable creating a comfortable driving experience, they are also made from a sustainable vegan leather.

There is also multi-coloured ambient lighting and a panoramic glass sunroof which not only adds light and personalisation to the interior but adds a very luxurious element.

Interior cabin of BYD Atto 3
women opening panoramic roof of BYD Atto 3

What’s the spec like?

The BYD Atto 3 has a fantastic level of standard spec. There are currently two trim levels: the Comfort and the Design.

The Comfort trim is the most affordable option and has highlights including the open panoramic sunroof, heated seats, and adaptive cruise control. There is also a cockpit of connectivity which includes a 12.8” touch screen. The display can showcase Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and allows hands free use via the intelligent voice control.

If you decide to upgrade to the Design trim level the touchscreen will be replaced with a larger version at 15.8” and a powered tailgate and folding door mirrors will come as standard.


The BYD Atto 3 is a cool and quirky fully electric SUV with great power and fantastic standard features. The interior is well put together with a large touchscreen display and stylish design features and the exterior makes an impression and looks great on the roads.

If you are looking for an affordable, fully electric SUV the BYD Atto 3 could be a great choice.



Share this article

You May Also Like...