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2023 BYD Atto 3 full review: The biggest and best value EV launched in Malaysia so far, starting at RM150k


The BYD Atto 3 is arguably the biggest new electric vehicle to be launched in Malaysia. If you are looking to buy your first EV, this is undoubtedly your best option right now. Those are the words of Hafriz Shah, who is very impressed with the latest EV coming to our market. Of course, he knows what he is talking about, since he has tested all the electric vehicles that will be launched here so far.

What is it about the Atto 3 that is so impressive? What is the real world range? And what is the trick? Of course, there’s a catch, which you’ll discover in this comprehensive review of BYD’s first product for Malaysia.

Launched by BYD SD Motors Malaysia (BYD SDM, part of Sime Darby Motors) in December, we have two variants of the Atto 3, the standard range with a 49.92kWh battery offering 410km of range (NEDC, 345km WLTP) and the Extended Range with a 60.48 kWh battery, rated for 480 km (NEDC, 420 km WLTP). The SR is priced at RM149,800, while the ER will set you back RM167,800, on the road, not including insurance.

The batteries are connected to a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS/310 Nm. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is 7.3 seconds for both. This means that only the range and kit separate SR and ER.

The Atto 3 is based on a 400V architecture and supports AC charging (Type 2) up to 7 kW, as well as DC fast charging (CCS2), the latter at a maximum rate of 70 kW (SR) or 80 kW. (ER). At the highest input speed, a 0-80% state of charge can be reached in 45 minutes. The car has a V2L function to power other devices.

Speaking of batteries, the Atto 3’s Blade Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery, manufactured in-house by BYD, is a differentiator compared to other EVs on the market. Its benefits are not just in theory, but come into play daily through the usable range – full explanation in the video.

By the way, if you’re wondering about the size of the Atto 3, it’s bigger than a Proton X50. At 4,455mm long and 1,875mm wide, the BYD EV is 125mm longer than Proton’s B-segment SUV and 75mm wider. The Atto 3’s 2,720mm wheelbase is 120mm longer than the X50’s. The EV’s 440L trunk is 110L larger than our ICE benchmark. Do you the design? We think it looks good and has some cool details, but it’s pretty generic.

But that’s before you get into the wild cockpit, which is so wacky you might think you’re in an experimental concept car. It’s certainly not the harmless crossover you saw earlier. The muscle-shaped dashboard, guitar string-like door pockets, twist-open door handles, and a blue, white, and red theme mean it’s a cabin you’ll either love or hate. If you hate it, why so serious?

We haven’t even mentioned the cockpit’s party piece: the 12.8-inch rotating center touchscreen where you can choose between landscape or portrait via a button. The Atto 3’s seats are also among the most comfortable chairs we’ve ever sat in, EV or ICE, at any price.

As for equipment, the Atto 3 SR comes with a (very large) panoramic sunroof, heated power side mirrors, 5.0-inch digital instrument cluster, leatherette seats, six-way power driver’s seat (four-way for the passenger), 360 degree viewing angle. camera, tire pressure monitor, electronic parking brake with auto hold, LED headlights and adaptive taillights and headlights.

Automatic air conditioning and an NFC access card (wave in the rear-view mirrors) are also turned on. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is wireless and will be available with a software update in Q2 2023. However, Spotify is already there. You’ll also get a built-in dashcam (not a separate camera taped to the windshield) and six speakers.

The ER adds an electronic tailgate, multicolor gradient gradient ambient lighting on the door handles (single color on the SR), and eight speakers with “Dirac HD” sound, PM 2.5 air filter, and a wireless phone charger. From the outside, the ER you see here can be differentiated by its 18-inch (215/55) wheels. The SR rides on 215/60 R17 rubber.

Safety-wise, it’s very comprehensive on this five-star Euro NCAP-rated car, with both the SR and ER getting the same kit. Six airbags plus a driver’s center side (inner-shoulder) airbag, full ADAS with stop-start for ACC, and door-open warning are standard. Isofix child seat mounts are located on the two outer rear seats and on the front passenger seat, for three in all.

It’s a car, the BYD Atto 3 – check out the review and let us know what you think.

Tags: WORLD Atto 3, Sime Darby Motors