2024 BYD Seal overview | CarExpert

Quickly rising Chinese language carmaker BYD, which additionally makes electrical buses and trains, has already instructed the Australian media it desires to be the primary automotive model right here by 2030.

The automotive you see right here, its newest flagship sedan referred to as the Seal, would possibly simply put it a step nearer to realising such a lofty aim.

BYD has rapidly confirmed itself as a preferred participant within the ultra-competitive Australian market, with gross sales of its debut Atto 3 SUV standing at greater than 25,000 items in simply over a 12 months; because of a totally trendy design, a great deal of tech and tools, and excellent bang for buck within the rising EV phase.

It’s additionally simply dropped its all-electric hatch referred to as the Dolphin, and whereas it doesn’t fairly have the identical modernistic design aesthetic of the Atto 3 or certainly the Seal, it nonetheless launched with prime billing as Australia’s most cost-effective EV ($38,890) thereby outshining the a lot lauded MG 4 ($38,990) within the course of – albeit by simply $100.

Nonetheless, the Seal is a wholly completely different proposition altogether – a real sport changer for BYD, if not the complete Australian EV market, and a dead-set rival for the big-selling Tesla Mannequin 3 because of the identical bang-for-buck components. Solely this time, it’s on a a lot grander scale.

Understandably, BYD is backing the Seal to the hilt – with early indicators suggesting it might outsell the Atto 3 in accordance with the CEO of BYD’s native distribution accomplice EVDirect, Luke Todd.

“Curiosity within the Seal is off the charts. It gained’t shock me if the Seal gross sales quantity surpass the Atto 3 due to the degrees of curiosity however time will inform,” says Mr Todd.

The design itself is real head-turner, if our two days with the Seal Efficiency was any indication as to the reactions of the inhabitants at massive. Some thought it was a mid-size model of the Porsche Taycan, whereas one other couple thought it was a brand new BMW EV – I assume they didn’t recognise the badge.

Not shocking, actually, whenever you be taught the design workforce was below the lead of BYD’s world design director, Wolfgang Egger, who hung out penning his wares at Alfa Romeo (assume 8C), Audi and Lamborghini. That’s irrefutable drawing expertise proper there.

It’s not precisely distinctive in the best way Taycan is, and even the Mannequin 3, nevertheless it’s fantastically fluid with equally clean curves and a remarkably slippery drag coefficient of simply 0.219Cd.

There’s some refined energy bulges on the bonnet, main into some super-slim LED headlights and DRLs. The low-profile aspect mirrors have gotten these Ferrari-esque extensions, whereas the ‘water droplet’ tail lights joined by a full-length gentle bar look notably cool at night time.

There aren’t any dangerous angles right here, no less than with our 2024 BYD Seal Efficiency tester and the one variant we now have sampled to this point.

Each entrance and rear finish styling therapies look equally good-looking, although it factors unequivocally in direction of a sports activities sedan with its protruding entrance bumper and deep-set rear diffuser providing hints in direction of its high-performance standing.

And, whereas the ‘Construct Your Desires’ script could have gone, you is likely to be questioning what the ‘3.8S’ on the boot lid refers to.

Clearly it’s not the displacement however that’s how log lengthy it takes Seal to scoot from zero to 100km/h below a full-tilt launch.

How does the BYD Seal fare vs its rivals?

View an in depth breakdown of the BYD Seal towards equally sized automobiles.

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How a lot does the BYD Seal value?

BYD gives the battery-electric Seal sedan in three mannequin variants.

It kicks off with the Seal Dynamic Commonplace Vary from $49,888 earlier than on-road prices, whereas the Seal Premium Prolonged Vary is priced from $58,798. The range-topping BYD Seal Efficiency AWD examined right here prices $68,748 earlier than on-roads.

In yet one more BYD pricing coup of kinds, that sees Seal beat its closest rival and just lately up to date Tesla Mannequin 3 by a whopping $12,012; given the vastly well-liked electrical sedan begins at $61,900 earlier than on-roads.

Rivals embrace Hyundai Ioniq 6 from $65,500 for the 111kW 2WD, whereas the Polestar 2 Commonplace Vary Single Motor is priced from $67,400.

2024 BYD Seal pricing:

  • 2024 BYD Seal Dynamic Commonplace Vary: $49,888
  • 2024 BYD Seal Premium Prolonged Vary: $58,798
  • 2024 BYD Seal Efficiency AWD: $68,748

Costs exclude on-road prices

What’s the BYD Seal like on the within?

Spectacular, luxurious and loaded with the most recent tech is what instantly involves thoughts whenever you enter the cabin for the primary time.

You’re straightaway drawn to BYD’s large-scale central touchscreen measuring at least 15.6 inches. It comes with the added choice of electrically rotating from panorama to portrait on the contact of a button do you have to like your nav instructions extra ahead or just get tired of the remainder of the tech – unlikely as which may sound.

It’d take you a while to determine the sub-menus and the place to seek out what you want however I discovered all of it comparatively intuitive – particularly getting out of the Tesla Mannequin 3 only a few weeks in the past – the place the exclusion of Apple CarPlay was decidedly annoying.

Not like the most recent Tesla Mannequin 3 replace which nonetheless leaves drivers and not using a show forward of the steering wheel, the Seal is provided with a ten.25-inch digital instrument show with crystal clear fonts and sharp graphics and hues.  

The quilted seats in Vegan leather-based with distinction stitching and piping are fantastically designed and cushioned with whole-seat bolsters and good under-thigh assist.

Whereas we didn’t get to do any lengthy distance journeys, even with stints of a few hours, you get the distinct impression these pews have been designed by the chiropractic occupation. They’re heated and ventilated too.

The centre console homes the Porsche-like crystalline drive selector (it might be glass), together with varied short-cut buttons and scroll wheels for drive modes and quantity. All of the stuff that the Tesla Mannequin 3 lacks.

Apparently, the sleek curves exterior are mirrored on the sprint, console and door playing cards, no less than on the brightwork and cupholders.  

There’s additionally tasty mixture of trims that mix properly with the leatherette upholstery, together with a liberal quantity of suede material on the sprint and door playing cards and smoked metalwork for air vents, door pulls and the Dynaudio speaker grills.

There’s extra Vegan leather-based for the flat-bottom steering wheel that’s each tactile in addition to a real high-quality merchandise – the sort you would possibly discover in a BMW for example.

It’s additionally acquired plenty of performance by way of haptic buttons, scroll wheel and a toggle swap on both aspect of what’s a comparatively stylish wanting steering wheel boss.

Low cost plastics are few and much between in Seal, however even these touchpoints feel and appear higher than these in some costlier euro fashions.

There are a number of ambient lighting choices accessed by way of sub-menus on the central display screen in addition to ground lighting that resembles a nightclub in my day. Nonetheless the children will take pleasure in altering the colors and general cabin vibe.

Forward of the drive selector are two wi-fi charging bays, however the rubberised floor isn’t notably grippy, so we discovered our telephones (with grippy Apple covers) nonetheless slid round within the corners.

Nonetheless, there’s nonetheless loads of upfront storage both beneath the console bridge which additionally homes USB ports or within the central storage bin. Plus, there’s two generously sized cupholders that may all the time double as one other odds and ends compartment.

For again seat passengers the consolation plan continues with equally quilted upholstery and bolsters on the outer seats, together with beneficiant leg room, particularly behind this tester’s ahead driving place.

There’s additionally a dead-flat ground offering a extra comfy middle-seat expertise, although under-seat toe room is hampered.

Not solely are there correct seat pockets and two USB ports however there’s additionally twin cellphone sleeves for each rear-window seats.  

Regardless of the Seal’s acutely tapered roof line and one of many largest mounted panoramic roofs we’ve seen within the phase, headroom stays ample for common frames.

Boot area is simply respectable at 400 litres and considerably lower than the Mannequin 3, however the aperture seems wider with little to inhibit the loading of wider gear corresponding to golf golf equipment.

For spill-over area, both for a small bag or charging cables, there’s a ‘frunk’ (with a hinged cowl) that opens up one other 50 litres of storage.

What’s below the bonnet?

Successfully, the 2024 BYD Seal gives patrons the selection between three completely different drivetrains.

The Dynamic Commonplace Vary makes use of a 61.4kWh battery and includes a single electrical motor and rear-wheel drive, with 150kW of energy and 310Nm of torque. It may possibly go from 0-100km/h in a claimed 7.5 seconds.

The Premium Prolonged Vary will get the bigger 82.6kWh battery but in addition makes use of a single-motor rear-wheel drive configuration, with 230kW and 360Nm and a 0-100km/h time of 5.9 seconds.

The Efficiency AWD examined right here additionally makes use of the larger battery however includes a dual-motor all-wheel drive configuration with 390kW and 670Nm and a claimed 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds – therefore the badge on the boot lid.

One in every of BYD’s key USPs is its Blade battery know-how which is produced in-house and elementary to the automotive’s structural platform which sees the battery pack prime cowl function the physique ground dubbed ‘Cell to Physique’.

Each battery packs might be charged at as much as 150kW utilizing DC energy with Automobile-to-Load (V2L) functionality to energy varied home equipment.

Correct affirmation of vary and energy utilization wasn’t attainable with simply two days with the Seal, that may come later when our Melbourne workforce will get the automotive by way of CarExpert’s storage.

BYD Seal vary (WLTP):

  • Dynamic Commonplace Vary: 460km
  • Premium Prolonged Vary: 570km
  • Efficiency AWD: 520km

How does the BYD Seal drive?

We already knew Seal was going to be fast from its efficiency claims, nevertheless it’s not neck-snapping just like the BMW i4 M50 xDrive, which boasts the identical 3.8-second 0-100km/h dash time.

Oddly sufficient, I discovered Seal to be fractionally laggy on preliminary tip-in, even in Sport (software program pushed almost certainly), which might be by design to make the entire prompt torque factor much less manic and thus extra interesting to first-time EV patrons. It is sensible given the sheer ferocity of acceleration on faucet within the Efficiency variant.

As soon as out of the blocks, although, the Seal’s energy supply nonetheless isn’t as linear as that of the Bimmer or Mannequin 3, and barely extra aggressive at instances – however we’re speaking small increments right here and for considerably much less cash. The Seal continues to be adequately rewarding in the best way it places the ability down.

Nonetheless, we have been extra inquisitive about Seal’s chassis engineering that its outright tempo. That’s; steering, suspension, braking and simply how deftly its chassis offers with all 2185kg of twisting mass.

There’s good linearity and weight to the steering rack, which can be sharp and fast to answer smaller inputs. Up the ante although, by way of a number of tight corners and Seal feels extra agile that I may need given it credit score for.

That general composure is helped by a mixture of things together with AWD and what BYD calls its Golden Ratio Physique – learn 50:50 weight distribution, together with the additional advantage of a decrease centre of gravity because of its built-in Blade battery tech.

It stops properly too, with good pedal strain after the preliminary chunk and it stays persistently sturdy even after a number of exhausting stops. The entrance discs are drilled and ventilated whereas the rears are ventilated.  

Moreover, there’s strong engineering below the pores and skin. Up entrance there are double wishbones, whereas out again it’s a five-link rear setup that makes use of Frequency Selective Damping shock absorbers (FSD) – to not be confused with full-time energetic suspension.

Nonetheless, it doesn’t present fairly the identical stage of suggestions as an i4 and even the up to date Mannequin 3, however I’d say its 80 per cent there and by that measure, sufficiently participating together with good physique management when correctly hurried.

There’s brake regen too, however there aren’t any paddleshifters to manage it – for that you just’ll must entry a sub menu on the central display screen and there’s just one stage that I might discover.  

Thoughts, it is likely to be billed as a sports activities sedan and for positive it’s suitably achieved in relation to outright tempo and street manners, however I’d argue that’s not the only remit of this halo BYD mannequin, it’s as a lot about consolation and know-how, and in these areas Seal actually begins to ship.

There’s a whole suite of ADAS security methods at play right here too, and when you’re within the metropolis, you would possibly wish to swap off the Lively Lane-keep Help, as we discovered it overly zealous to the purpose the place it’s disagreeable at instances. Thoughts, you’ll must wade by way of a sub-menu or two to get to the swap nevertheless it’s simple sufficient.

Whereas there’s a superb stage of compliance with the suspension ironing out bumps of all sizes in addition to damaged roads, the experience itself, whereas actually comfy, nonetheless teeters on the sporty aspect of issues.

Total although, the Seal is properly refined with an unexpectedly quiet cabin because of double glazing and high quality sealing (no pun meant). It makes for a sound expertise when sitting again in visitors and having fun with the high-end Dynaudio sound system.  

Lastly, there’s not plenty of tyre noise both, that’s possible down the 19-inch EcoConti rubber which measure 235/45 all spherical – so designed extra for consolation than outright nook carving.

What do you get?

Seal Dynamic Commonplace Vary highlights:

  • 15.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Satellite tv for pc navigation
  • 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 12-speaker 775W Dynaudio sound system
  • DAB digital radio
  • 1 x USB-C, USB-A outlet (entrance)
  • 1 x USB-C, USB-A outlet (rear)
  • Twin wi-fi cellphone chargers
  • 8-way energy driver’s seat
  • 6-way energy passenger seat
  • 4-way power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated entrance seats
  • Leatherette-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Keyless entry and begin
  • Ambient lighting
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Rear privateness glass
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Computerized high-beam
  • Computerized LED headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers

Seal Premium Prolonged Vary provides:

  • Head-up show
  • Exterior mirror auto-tilt and reminiscence
  • Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-based upholstery
  • Driver’s reminiscence
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • 4-way lumbar adjustment

Seal Efficiency AWD provides:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Frequency Selective Damping shock absorbers


  • Arctic Blue
  • Atlantis Gray
  • Aurora White
  • Cosmos Black
  • Shark Gray

Aurora White is a no-cost choice, with the opposite finishes costing $1500 or $2000 within the case of Shark Gray, which is offered solely on the Efficiency.

Inside colors are both Ocean Blue or Thaumas Black. The Ocean Blue inside prices an additional $1500.

Is the BYD Seal secure?

ANCAP has awarded the Seal a five-star security score, towards new, harder 2023-25 testing standards.

It obtained an grownup occupant safety score of 89 per cent, a toddler occupant safety score of 87 per cent, a susceptible street consumer safety score of 82 per cent, and a security help score of 75 per cent.

Commonplace security tools contains:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (ahead, reverse)
  • Adaptive cruise management
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Entrance and rear cross-traffic help
  • Lane-keep help
  • Emergency lane-keep help
  • Rear cross-traffic help
  • Site visitors signal recognition
  • Clever velocity restrict help
  • Encompass-view digicam
  • Entrance and rear parking sensors
  • Twin entrance airbags plus driver’s far-side airbag
  • Aspect and curtain airbags for each rows
  • Secure exit warning
  • Rear occupant alert

How a lot does the BYD Seal value to run?

The BYD Seal is backed by a six-year, 150,000km automobile guarantee and an eight-year, 160,000km battery guarantee.

Servicing is required each 12 months or 20,000km – BYD says the primary eight providers are priced at $189, $370, $189, $447, $189, $370, $189, and $447 respectively.

CarExpert’s Tackle the BYD Seal

Make no mistake; the BYD Seal is about to shake up the EV world.

Its spectacular styling, cutting-edge know-how, sound engineering and a powerful stage of consolation and luxurious at costs that may possible depart the competitors scrambling.

Thoughts it’s not the benchmark in relation to the drivetrain or suspension and tuning, nevertheless it’s shut sufficient to offer rivals a reasonably large scare – and that’s earlier than BYD’s pricing begins to woo these first-time EV patrons in search of a simple segue from combustion engined vehicles to battery electrical automobiles.

We already know there’s enormous curiosity in Seal as outlined within the introduction to this overview, however I’d counsel BYD would possibly wish to positive up its enviable provide chain given simply how well-liked this EV is prone to grow to be given such an all-encompassing package deal.

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