BYD vs Tesla Frequently asked questions

BYD has rapidly emerged as a significant force in the electric vehicle (EV) market, leading prospective EV purchasers to compare the brand with Tesla. At BYD Southampton, we are thrilled to offer brand-new BYD vehicles in Hampshire, and we're ready to address the most frequently asked questions about BYD and Tesla.

What is the difference between BYD and Tesla?


BYD and Tesla are leading electric vehicle manufacturers with different strategies. Tesla, based in the US, focuses on luxury cars. China's BYD, meanwhile, aims to bring high-quality electric vehicles to a broader market. According to Forbes, in the final quarter of 2023, BYD surpassed Tesla to become the world's largest electric vehicle manufacturer.

Are BYDs cheaper than Teslas?


Starting at £26,140, the BYD Dolphin is priced lower than Tesla's most affordable car, the Model 3, which begins at approximately £39,000. The BYD Atto 3 offers a more cost-effective option compared to both the Model 3 and Model Y. Meanwhile, the BYD Seal and the Tesla Model Y are similarly priced.

What are the differences between BYD and Tesla batteries?


Tesla batteries typically use nickel-cobalt-aluminium (NCA) or nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC), which are known for their high-energy density, favouring performance and range. BYD's Blade Battery uses lithium iron phosphate (LFP), which emphasises safety and durability, with a lower risk of overheating.

How do the BYD Seal and Tesla Model 3 differ?


Compared with the Tesla Model 3, in particular, the BYD Seal distinguishes itself in the electric vehicle market. It’s equipped with BYD’s proprietary Blade Battery, celebrated for its safety and longevity. Unlike the Model 3, the Seal offers both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive options, catering to diverse driving preferences. Furthermore, it features a premium interior with a traditional aesthetic, which may appeal to those who find the minimalist design of the Tesla Model 3 less attractive.

What’s the quality difference between BYD and Tesla?


While Tesla is often hailed for its cutting-edge technology and performance, it has faced criticism for build quality and customer service issues. BYD, while offering competitive technology and safety features, particularly in respect of its Blade Battery, is perceived to have more consistent build quality and reliability.

How does the range of BYD electric cars compare to that of Tesla?


The maximum range for BYD and Tesla vehicles is:

  • 265 miles – BYD Dolphin
  • 260 miles – BYD Atto 3
  • 354 miles – BYD Seal
  • 421 miles– Tesla Model 3
  • 394 miles – Tesla Model S (Long Range variant)
  • 348 miles – Tesla Model X
  • 331 miles – Tesla Model Y (Long Range variant)

As you can see, Tesla's EVs mostly lead in range. That said, BYD offers competitive ranges while focusing on safety and longevity.

What are the performance differences between BYD and Tesla electric vehicles?


The following BYD and Tesla vehicles can achieve 0-62mph in:

  • 7.0 seconds – BYD Dolphin (Comfort and Design trims)
  • 7.3 seconds – BYD Atto 3
  • 3.8 seconds – BYD Seal (Excellence trim)
  • 4.2 seconds– Tesla Model 3 (Long Range variant)
  • 2.0 seconds – Tesla Model S (Long Range variant)
  • 2.5 seconds – Tesla Model X (Plaid variant)
  • 3.5 seconds – Tesla Model Y (Performance variant)

BYD Seal aside, Tesla outperforms BYD when it comes to acceleration. Nevertheless, BYD performs very capably when compared to other electric vehicles.

How are BYD and Tesla cars different?


Tesla prioritises performance, innovation, luxury and longer ranges. BYD also emphasises innovation, in addition to safety, reliability, and affordability.

How much is a BYD car?


Prices for the BYD Dolphin start at £26,140.

Where can I buy a BYD car?


New and used BYD cars are available at BYD in Southampton, get in touch with us today to find out more.

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