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The fully electric 2024 BYD Seal is a five-seat fully electric sports sedan. Let's see how it fares as a BabyDrive and put it through our family car testing with child seats and Thule prams…

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BabyDrive Verdict

I’m driving the top-spec performance grade, which does 0>100 in 3.8 seconds, costs just under $70K, and has a 520km range. The cheapest model (just under $50K) has a 460km range, and the longest range Seal available has a 570km range.

2024 BYD Seal

When it comes to installing child seats in the 2024 BYD Seal EV, there are ISOFix points in both outer rear seats. They are within plastic guides, and they have little rubber flaps you push back to access the ISOFix anchorages. It's a lovely little mechanism, it means you don't lose the plastic covers, and they are nice and easy to connect to.

2024 BYD Seal ISOFIX child seat anchorages in the second row

All three rear seats have top tether anchorages, which are easily accessible on the fixed parcel shelf behind the headrests.

2024 BYD Seal top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

Three Infasecure child seats fit really nicely across the rear seats of the 2024 BYD Seal. I installed the Infasecure Momentum More and Quattro Onyx forward-facing, and the Infasecure Adapt More Infant Capsule, rear-facing behind the driver. They fit very comfortably.

2024 BYD Seal with three child seats installed in the second row

Legroom is very good in the BYD Seal; the rear footwell is flat, which makes it easier for passengers to move to and from their seats and gives a central passenger good foot room.

We could fit a 186cm driver or taller in front of the Infasecure Adapt More Infant Capsule.

2024 BYD Seal legroom with rear-facing child seats installed in the second row

The BYD Seal has rear air conditioning vents, so rear passengers can stay comfortable while driving. The central console box also has a phone storage shelf.

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

There are multiple 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.

The BYD Seal's rear door bins can hold a refillable water bottle and iPad, and the handles have storage wells.

The storage in the front of the 2024 BYD Seal is also very good. The central console has two cup holders that will hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup, a good-sized central console box, and two phone charging pads. Underneath the central console bridge, there is a good storage area for an iPad or wallet, and there are charging sockets, too.

The glove box is a practical size, too.

Like the back, the front door bins have plenty of storage, too.

Storage in the boot of the BYD Seal is very practical for families. The boot floor is nice and flat for an emergency nappy change…

… and has a small underfloor storage for the charging wires.

From empty, the 2024 BYD Seal's boot space fits thirteen shopping bags, which is comparable to the Hyundai Ioniq 6 and BMW 3 Series that both hold fourteen while the Toyota Camry‘s boot takes sixteen bags.

2024 BYD Seal 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 Seal boot with four shopping bags.

2024 BYD Seal 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 on, it will fit in the 2024 BYD Seal boot with three shopping bags.

2024 BYD Seal 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 Seal with seven shopping bags beside it.

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

The BYD Seal's boot can also accommodate one 90L, one 70L, and two 40L Thule Chasm duffle bags.

2024 BYD Seal boot space for luggage

You can't transport dogs in the boot because of the fixed parcel shelf.

The BYD Seal has a small Frunk. Where you can fit a 40L Thule Chasm Duffel Bag.

2024 BYD Seal frunk space for luggage

The BYD Seal has a large media screen and a bright and modern media system, just like the BYD Dolphin and BYD Atto 3. 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. Also, for families with allergies, you can use air purification to keep it as allergen-free as possible.

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 Seal 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.

You can swipe down from the top of the screen for a shortcut to the most common functions.

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 too.

The Seal 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 Seal is a spacious, fast, practical and relaxed electric car to drive your family around in. Being a sedan it has a generous size boot and great legroom throughout. The interior space and quiet drive, along with the seating position, make it a relaxed car to drive, and it's enjoyable on the highway as well as in 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.

2024 BYD Seal

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

2024 BYD Seal with three child seats installed in the second row

Overall, the 2024 BYD Seal makes a very practical and fun BabyDrive for those looking at electric family cars. Three Infasecure child seats fit comfortably in the back with excellent legroom, and the boot can hold a double Thule Sleek pram.

BYD Seal has a five-star ANCAP safety rating and has seven airbags as standard.

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

The Seal has child lock buttons for each of the rear doors individually, which you can turn on in the driver's door control panel.

 

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Tace Clifford
About Tace Clifford
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.

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