The BYD Dolphin: Australia’s Most Affordable Electric Car
The BYD Dolphin is making waves as Australia’s most affordable electric car, coming in at a price of around $40,000. This small hatchback, comparable in size to a Toyota Corolla or Hyundai i30, offers a natural rivalry to other electric vehicles like the GWM Ora and MG4. However, it also stands up against petrol-powered hatchbacks on the market.
One of the standout features of the BYD Dolphin is its value for money. The base model, known as the Dolphin Dynamic, starts from $38,890 plus on-road costs. It is available in four different colors, all priced at the same level. Despite its affordable price, the Dolphin comes with a range of standard equipment, making it a strong competitor to petrol-powered hatchbacks such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Kia Cerato, and Hyundai i30.
The Dolphin Dynamic includes features like 16-inch alloy wheels, fake leather trim, an electrically adjustable front seat, smart key entry (which allows you to use your phone as a key), heated front seats, and a panoramic glass sunroof. For those looking for even more power and range, there is also a Dolphin Premium model priced at $44,890. This model comes with a larger battery and offers increased power, making it a more high-performance option.
In terms of warranty, the BYD Dolphin comes with a six-year/150,000km warranty. However, it’s worth noting that certain components have slightly different warranty coverage. The suspension system and lights are covered for four years/100,000km, while the multimedia system, shock absorbers, and charge port assembly have coverage for three years/60,000km. The high voltage battery, on the other hand, comes with an eight-year/160,000km warranty that guarantees at least 70% of the original capacity.
When it comes to servicing, the Dolphin requires an initial service at three months and 5000km, followed by servicing every 12 months or 20,000km. The estimated cost for each service ranges from $189 to $447.
Moving on to the interior, the BYD Dolphin offers a comfortable cabin space despite its slightly smaller dimensions compared to other hatchbacks. With a length of 4290mm and a wheelbase of 2700mm, the Dolphin still provides ample space for passengers, particularly in the back seats. Rear seat headroom and legroom are generous, making it a comfortable option for both driver and passengers.
Inside the cabin, BYD has made an effort to create a more refined and stylish atmosphere. The materials used, including the fake leather trim, add a touch of sophistication, while the circular air vents and stylish door handles elevate the overall design. There are also multiple USB power ports throughout the cabin, ensuring convenient charging options for all occupants.
In terms of performance and efficiency, the BYD Dolphin Dynamic is equipped with a single electric motor that drives the front wheels. It boasts 70kW of power and 180Nm of torque, providing responsive acceleration and swift responses around town. While it may not offer the same level of power as other EVs on the market, it still delivers a satisfactory driving experience.
When it comes to charging, the BYD Dolphin Dynamic features a 44.9kWh battery pack with a lithium-ferrous phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry. This allows for a full charge each time, without the need to stop at 80-90% like other battery types. The official WLTP range is 340km, with real-world driving resulting in around 300km of range. AC charging can be done at up to 7kW, while public DC charging can be done at up to 60kW.
In terms of safety, the BYD Dolphin Dynamic is well-equipped with features like front and side airbags, a center airbag between front seat occupants, autonomous emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot warning, and driver monitoring. It has received a five-star rating from ANCAP and performed well in crash tests, offering good occupant protection.
The BYD Dolphin also has a unique feature called vehicle-to-load (V2L). This enables users to plug a two-powerpoint power board into the external charging port and power household appliances like lights, computers, cooktops, and toasters. In the event of a blackout, the Dolphin can even be used to provide power for lights and home refrigerators.
Overall, the BYD Dolphin offers great value for money in the electric car market. While it may not offer the same driving excitement as some of its competitors, it makes up for it with a range of features, comfortable interior space, and impressive efficiency. With its affordable pricing and comprehensive warranty coverage, the BYD Dolphin is definitely worth considering for those looking to make the switch to electric vehicles.