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The fully electric 2024 BYD Atto 3 is a very affordable EV for families. Let's see how it fares as a BabyDrive and put it through our family car testing with Infasecure child seats and Thule prams…

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BabyDrive Verdict

This five-seater electric SUV has two battery options: $48k gets you a 400km range, and $51k gets you around 480km range. Let's see if it's practical for families as well.

The styling inside the BYD Atto 3 is rather eccentric! I actually love it! Who doesn't want a car with door bins that you can strum like a guitar as you drive along and door handles made from what looks like a piston from a steam train!?

The air vents are big and beefy…

… the door handles are fun…

… and the colour scheme of red, cream and blue is detailed throughout the car…

2024 BYD Atto 3 legroom

…With contrast piping and stitching and patterned perforated seat panels!

When it comes to installing child seats in the 2024 BYD Atto 3 EV, there are ISOFix points in both outer rear seats. They are within plastic guides, and they are nice and easy to connect to.

2024 BYD Atto 3 ISOFIX child seat anchorages in the second row

All three rear seatbacks have top tether anchorages, which are easily accessible through the boot.

2024 BYD Atto 3 top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

The combination of three Infasecure child seats I tested fit across the rear seats of the 2024 BYD Atto 3. I installed the Infasecure Achieve More and Liberty Onyx Booster Seat, both forward-facing, and the Infasecure Cocoon Go Infant Capsule, rear-facing behind the driver. You couldn't fit three forward-facing child seats in the back of the BYD Atto 3 because the rear seat isn't wide enough across the shoulders.

2024 BYD Atto 3 with three child seats installed in the second row

Two child seats will fit nicely in the back of the BYD Atto 3, with room beside them for a passenger. The rear footwell is completely flat which makes better legroom for rear passengers. Legroom is good in here for a little car, with room for about a 180cm driver in front of the rear-facing Infasecure Cocoon Go.

2024 BYD Atto 3 legroom

The BYD Atto 3's back seats have air conditioning vents, so rear passengers can stay comfortable while driving. There is also a USB and USB-C socket for charging their devices.

Rear passengers have good storage in the BYD Atto 3 with cup holders in a fold-down armrest in the central seat back. Coffee cups and kids' drink cups fit well.

There are multiple map pockets on the back of the front seats. The large pockets will hold and conceal an iPad, and the smaller pockets are good for phones, toys, books etc.

2024 BYD Atto 3 legroom

The rear door bins in the BYD Atto 3 are such fun. Three elastics, like guitar strings, create the wall of the door bin. You can pluck these and play music with them; my family had a ball with them. They will hold a refillable water bottle.

In the front of the 2024 BYD Atto 3, there are the same musical door bins. These are bigger and will hold an iPad with the water bottle. I loved strumming these while I was driving along!

The central console has two cup holders that will hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup, but not both at the same time. Behind the cup holders a large-sized central console box.

In front of the gear lever is a wireless phone charging pad.

Underneath the central console is a large storage area, great for your handbag, iPad, or wallet. There is also a USB and USB-C socket for charging.

The glove box is a practical size too.

Storage in the boot of the BYD Atto 3 is practical, too. The boot floor is nice and flat for an emergency nappy change and can be removed…

2024 BYD Atto 3 top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

… giving you a much deeper boot space to fit prams, dogs, etc.

2024 BYD Atto 3 top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

The 2024 BYD Atto 3's boot space fits nine shopping bags when empty, which is comparable to the MG ZS, Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid, Nissan Leaf+ and Hyundai Kona EV, which all hold nine shopping bags too and the Kia Niro EV, and MG4 which hold ten shopping bags.

2024 BYD Atto 3 boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

The Thule Sleek, future-proof, multi-configuration pram with a single seat…

Thule Sleek

…will fit in the BYD Atto 3 boot with one shopping bag.

2024 BYD Atto 3 boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The Thule Urban Glide 2 single is the ultimate all-terrain stroller…

Thule Urban Glide 3

… with the back wheels removed, it will fit in the 2024 BYD Atto 3 boot with two shopping bags.

2024 BYD Atto 3 boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The Thule Spring, lightweight and one-handed folding stroller…

Thule Spring

… fits in the boot of the BYD Atto 3 with five shopping bags.

2024 BYD Atto 3 boot space for shopping with compact pram if two rows of seats are in use

You can also fit one 90L and two 40L Thule Chasm duffle bags in the boot of the BYD Atto 3.

2024 BYD Atto 3 boot space for luggage

Or a medium-sized dog.

2024 BYD Atto 3 boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

The BYD Atto 3 has a large media screen and a bright and modern media system, just like the BYD Dolphin and BYD Seal. You can control nearly everything in the car through its large media screen.

The enormous screen can be rotated landscape or portrait to suit your preference.

The screen needs to be in landscape mode to use Apple CarPlay, which allows you to access your phone's messaging, navigation, and listening apps while driving.

You can customise many aspects of the car, including the sound, so those with noise-sensitive kids can turn things down or off.

You can also customise the car's driver and safety assist system to turn off the ones you don't want.

The energy screen in the BYD Atto 3 allows you to monitor your battery usage and see exactly how much range you have left. The climate controls are within the media screen too but it would be much easier to have them as physical dials on the dash.

When you put the car in reverse, the camera images are lovely and clear and fill the lovely large screen.

There are lots of angles you can choose to view from…

… and there's a 3D surround camera too.

The Atto 3 has a voice function too. You can say, “Hey, BYD,” and ask it to do something like turn the fan speed up, etc. Which is great entertainment with the kids onboard!

The 2024 BYD Atto 3 is a character-filled, fun, and nippy little electric car to drive your family around in. It is surprisingly practical for its size. It is the perfect car for driving around cities and towns. The acceleration is instant, and the turning circle is nice and tight, so maneuvering around tight multi-storey and school car parks is easy. This car is a real joy for the driver, and there is none of that frumpy Mum feeling!

With three Infasecure child seats in the back of the 2024 BYD Atto 3, there's a tiny bit of visibility over them; however, the cameras are excellent, so I didn't find visibility to be a problem.

2024 BYD Atto 3 with three child seats installed in the second row

Overall, the 2024 BYD Atto 3 makes a very practical and fun BabyDrive for those looking at affordable, electric family cars. This combination of three Infasecure child seats fits in the back, but it is a more comfortable and practical two-child-seat car. The legroom is good, and the boot can hold a double Thule Sleek pram.

BYD Atto 3's built from 21 November 2022 onwards have a five-star ANCAP safety rating and have seven airbags as standard.

Dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags are standard. A centre airbag which provides added protection to front seat occupants in side impact crashes is also standard

 

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Tace Clifford
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Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.

1 Comment

  1. Great review, but I feel I need to say that having owned this car for about a year:
    – it is definitely possible to have 3 forward facing car seats (we have 3 Britax Maxi Guards instead of Infasecure seats) and
    – the best way to change the air con etc is using the voice command.

    It’s a great car and we’re big fans!

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