A few days ago I spent some time having a look at the new BYD Dolphin electric hatchback. I was pleasantly surprised to see it when I visited the BYD Experience Centre in Darlinghurst Sydney and there was definitely buyer interest with two couples checking it out before I could sit inside.
These are my first impressions from examining the outside and inside of the car.
Is there a Front Trunk / Boot?
Unfortunately no. The BYD Dolphin has a very short bonnet and there is no official frunk or space for a DIY one.
What’s the charging speed?
Base model: 7kW AC and 60kW DC. Premium model: 11kW AC and 88kW DC.
The maximum DC charging speed is disappointing. I expect at least 100kW in a modern electric car.
What brand tires does it have?
Ling Long Eco Master. I can’t say if they’re good or not as I haven’t heard of this brand before.
More rounded and friendly looking than the main rival of this car, the MG4. Back lightbar is a nice touch. Some buyers may not like the silver Build Your Dreams writing which is embedded inside the light bar.
Two tone colour scheme, panoramic glass roof with retractable sunshade and perforated seats feel more premium than the MG4.
The large central 12.8 inch rotating touch screen is bigger than the equivalent on the MG4 and the software looks much more modern as it’s based on Android.
Based on a first look especially the interior and exterior aspects like large Android powered screen and the panoramic roof, I’m betting a lot of buyers opt for the BYD Dolphin over the MG4.
However looks aren’t everything, the MG4 wins in areas that aren’t obvious at a first glance such as being RWD for a more fun driving experience, much faster DC charging speed for longer drives and more power as the base MG4 is 4.6 seconds faster 0-100km compared to the base Dolphin.
Which is better? It depends what aspects of a electric hatchback are most important to you.
Whichever you choose, it’s great that there are now EV options in Australia’s that aren’t boxy SUV’s.