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BYD Atto 3 VS Its Rivals | Which one to choose?

Electric cars are gaining pace and more customers are considering buying these zero-emission vehicles. With demand growing, many carmakers in the country are introducing more electric cars in the country. And the latest vehicle to come into the Indian market is the BYD Atto 3. But with the introduction of any vehicle, there always are competition. But it is safe to say that as of now, BYD doesn’t have any straight-up rivals.

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The reason lies in the price range at which it is sold. Talking about the numbers, BYD launched the Atto 3 at Rs. 33.99 Lakh (ex-showroom). And at this price range, there aren’t any electric vehicles.

BYD Atto3
BYD Atto3

Still, the closest vehicles to rival the Atto 3 are the MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona. There also is Volvo V40 but that is way more expensive that the BYD. But it’s always fun to compare cars in higher price ranges.

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So, before further ado, let’s have a detailed comparison of how these cars fare with each other and how they compete with each other.

Volvo XC40 Recharge
Volvo XC40 Recharge

The Price of BYD Atto 3 VS Rivals

Price (ex-showroom)

Vehicle BYD Atto 3 Hyundai Kona MG ZS EV Volvo V40 Recharge
Price Rs. 33.99 Lakh Rs. 24.03 Lakh Rs. 26.60 Lakh Rs. 56.90 Lakh

As of now, the Chinese company BYD has launched only one variant of the Atto 3, i.e. the extended range. And this variant costs Rs. 33.99 Lakh ex-showroom. So, to close up the gap, we are considering the top-end Exclusive Iconic Ivory variant of the MG ZS EV. Next, the top-end trim of the Hyundai Kona costs Rs. 24.03 Lakh also ex-showroom. Moving on to the most expensive vehicle, the Volvo V40 Recharge, it is offered with just one variant, P8 AWD. This vehicle is priced at a whooping, Rs. 56.90 Lakh (ex-showroom). Which is way too much considering the price of any of the other three cars.

Powertrain and Drivetrain | Motor, Battery, Power and Torque

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The electric motor is a crucial part of the electric vehicle, of course. It defines the dynamics of the vehicle as well as the character of the vehicle. All 4 cars take a different approach when it comes to the power and torque figures.

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Well, the price of the vehicle also defines the power. Meaning, this it the Hyundai Kona electric generates the least power, followed by the ZS EV, then Atto 3 and the Volvo is the most powerful vehicle.

Battery and Motor

BYD Atto 3 Hyundai Kona MG ZS EV Volvo V40 Recharge
Battery 60.48kWh 39.2kWh 50.3kWh 78kWh
Motor Power 201bhp 134bhp 174bhp 402bhp
Torque 310Nm 395Nm 280Nm 660Nm
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD AWD
0-100 Acceleration Time Under 7.3 Sec N.A 8.5 Sec 4.9 Sec
Claimed Range (Expected) 512km 484km 461km 418km

Nevertheless, as said before it is the Volvo V40 Recharge that is the most powerful. However, due to the efficient drivetrain, and relatively large battery, BYD offers the most range of the lot. BYD comes with a 6.48kWh battery that is good enough to extract a claimed range of 512kms. So, if the range is one’s priority now you know which vehicle offers the best value.

Dimensions

The next criterion to judge a vehicle is its size. And electric vehicles have an exceptional advantage when it comes to space and dimension ratio. As electric vehicles don’t have an internal combustion engine, it opens huge space on the inside. However, this is when the electric vehicle is made from the ground up.

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But all the cars in the list except BYD started as internal combustion engines and electric powertrain was implemented at a later stage. But numbers speak better than anything else.

Dimensions

BYD Atto 3  Hyundai Kona MG ZS EV Volvo V40 Recharge
Length (mm) 4455 4180 4323 4440
Width (mm) 1875 1800 1809 1863
Height (mm) 1615 1570 1649 1647
Wheelbase (mm) 2720 2600 2581 2702
Ground Clearance (mm) 175 172 N.A 175

When it comes to size, BYD Atto 3 is the longest and also the widest. It is also a size larger than the more expensive Volvo V40 Recharge.

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Additionally, BYD Atto 3 also had a lower height than the majority. This translated to better body control while cornering thanks to a lower centre of gravity.

Creature Comforts

BYD Atto 3 Interior
BYD Atto 3 Interior

At the price point, these electric SUVs are available at, all of them are bound to have feature-loaded interiors. Speaking of which, here is a glimpse of the crucial features that these electric cars possess.

Features

BYD Atto 3 Hyundai Kona MG ZS EV Volvo V40 Recharge
Infotainment System 12.8-Inch 7-Inch 10.11 Inch 9-Inch
No. of speakers 8 6 6 13
Adaptive Cruise Control
Parking Sensors Front & Rear Rear Rear Front & Rear
Sunroof Panoramic Conventional Panoramic Panoramic
Instrument Cluster All-Digital All-Digital All-digital All-Digital
Driver Seat Adjustment 6 Way Electric 10 Way Electric 6 Way Electric 10 Way Electric
Passenger Seat Adjustment 4 Way Electric 6 Way Manual 6 Way Manual 10 Way Electric
Auto-Dimming IRVM
360-degree Camera

Safety Features

Safety is the next most important aspect when buying any vehicle, including electric cars. And being electric cars, they need to be safer than their IC counterparts. Why?

Volvo C40 Recharge Interior
Volvo C40 Recharge Interior

Because electric cars’ performance and operation are more sensitive to temperature and altitude changes. Nevertheless, at this point, it is expected that electric cars at safe.

Safety Features

BYD Atto 3 Hyundai Kona MG ZS EV Volvo V40 Recharge
Air Bags 7 6 6 7
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Lane Departure Prevention
High Beam Assist
ADAS features
Crash Test Rating (Euro NCAP) Not Tested Yet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Verdict

MG ZS EV | Interior
MG ZS EV | Interior

So, for the price and specifications, BYD Atto 3 does make every sense. Considering it offers nearly the same or similar features and technology as its more expensive competition.

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But in the end, it comes down to your budget and how much you are willing to pay. Cause except for Hyundai Kona you cannot go wrong with any vehicle.

Hyundai Kona EV interior
Hyundai Kona EV interior

Why not Hyundai Kona? Well, Hyundai Kona is the oldest vehicle on the list and as of now the company also has no plans to update it in the Indian market. Although it has already been updated in many international markets.

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Let us know in the comment section, which vehicle will you pick from the lot if you are given a choice. Also, do tell the reason.

Utkarsh Bhardwaj
Utkarsh Bhardwajhttps://gomechanic.in/blog
Technical Content Strategist at GoMechanic | Big Time Petrolhead with the passion for building cars and driving those beauties.

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