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BYD Dolphin

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BYD Dolphin

(2023 - present)

    Summary


    The BYD Dolphin is a compact family-sized hatchback and the second model from Chinese all-electric brand BYD set to arrive in UK showrooms. The hatch will be available to order later this year.

    The Dolphin is around the same length as the mid-sized Volkswagen ID.3, though its width is more comparable to supermini-size hatchbacks like the Peugeot e-208. This added length makes the BYD’s cabin more spacious than many of its similarly-priced rivals.

    “The spacious interior is a huge highlight”, argues Parker‘s Tom Wiltshire, who also praises the Dolphin for its “interesting” cabin design and its ride quality, which is reportedly “more comfortable than many rivals.” Car adds that the BYD “comes packed full of equipment”, while Pete Tullin of Business Car asserts that the hatchback’s biggest draw will be its low price point.

    That said, the Top Gear team found the car “intensely frustrating” to drive, citing slow acceleration and understeer, while Autocar‘s Illya Verpraet concludes that the Dolphin “lacks polish”, as alternatives offer better driving dynamics, more user-friendly infotainment, and higher quality cabin materials.

    As of July 2023, the BYD Dolphin holds an Expert Rating of 57%, based on 12 reviews published by the UK motoring media. Please note that the car is yet to arrive in the UK, and these reviews were conducted on an international launch model that may not fully reflect the final product that will go on sale here in the UK.

    Dolphin highlights

    • Comfortable and tech-laden interior
    • Spacious cabin
    • Affordable price tag

    Dolphin lowlights

    • Alternatives offer more boot space
    • Not very fun to drive
    • Brakes sensitivity takes some getting used to

    Key specifications


    Body style: Small hatchback
    Engines:
    electric, battery-powered
    Price:
    From £25,490 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2023
    Last updated: N/A
    Replacement due: TBA


    Media reviews


    Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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    Business Car

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    Car

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    Carbuyer

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    Driving Electric

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    Electrifying.com

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    Parkers

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    The Sunday Times

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    Top Gear

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    What Car?

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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    No safety rating

    As of July 2023, the BYD Dolphin has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP.

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    As of July 2023, the BYD Dolphin has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the Enyaq is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

    Reliability rating

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    No reliability rating

    As of July 2023, we don’t have enough reliability data on the BYD Dolphin to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Dolphin, we’ll publish the score here.

    Similar cars


    If you’re looking at the BYD Dolphin, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

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