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The fully electric 2024 BYD Dolphin 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

With around 400km range and prices starting at $38,000, the BYD Dolphin is a very affordable fully electric car for families, so let's see if it's practical as well.

When it comes to installing child seats in the 2024 BYD Dolphin 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 Dolphin 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 Dolphin top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

Three Infasecure child seats fit across the rear seats of the 2024 BYD Dolphin. I installed the Infasecure Attain More in each outer seat and the Infasecure Liberty Onyx Booster Seat in the central seat. It is a bit of a squeeze so you do need to test any other combination of child seats to ensure they fit.

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

The 2024 BYD Dolphin has very good legroom for a car of this size. The rear footwell is completely flat, giving excellent access and better legroom.

With this combination of child seats, we could fit a 186cm driver in front of the forward-facing Infasecure Attain More. Or with the rear-facing Infasecure Adapt More Infant Capsule, approximately a 180cm driver can fit in front.

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

Unfortunately, there are no aircon vents in the back of the BYD Dolphin so rear passengers rely on the vents of the front to keep them a comfortable temperature while driving along.

Rear passengers have convenient storage in the BYD Dolphin with cup holders in a fold-down armrest in the central seat back.

The map pockets provide ample storage for books, iPads, phones etc and there are charging sockets and a cup holder in the back of the central console box.

The rear door bins are a good size and will hold a refillable water bottle.

In the front of the 2024 BYD Dolphin, there are two cup holders in the central console that will hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup but not two at the same time. In front of them is a storage area hidden underneath a retractable lid, and behind them is a wireless phone charging pad.

Underneath the central console is a large storage area, great for your handbag or iPad or wallet. There is also an easily located window breaker and seatbelt cutter for emergencies.

Below the media screen is another little shelf that is good for the passenger's mobile phone.

The glove box is a good size and will hold a wallet and iPad with the manual.

The front door bins of the BYD Dolphin will hold your refillable water bottle, and an iPad and wallet fit, too. There are also storage wells in the front door handles.

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

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

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

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

The 2024 BYD Dolphin's boot space fits eight 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 holds ten shopping bags.

2024 BYD Dolphin 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 Dolphin boot with three shopping bags.

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

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

Thule Urban Glide 3

… with the back wheels on, it will fit in the 2024 BYD Dolphin boot with two shopping bags.

2024 BYD Dolphin 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 Dolphin with four shopping bags.

2024 BYD Dolphin 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 Dolphin.

Or a small/medium-sized dog.

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

The interior of the 2024 BYD Dolphin is cute, and there is some dolphin-themed styling throughout, like the fin-like door handles.

… wave-like shapes are on the top dashboard…

…and dolphins on the tyres.

The dash of the Dolphin is very minimal, and you 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 so you can access your phone's messaging, navigation and listening apps while driving.

You can customise a lot about 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 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, 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 camera too.

The Dolphin 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 Dolphin is a great, fun, and nippy little car to drive your family around in and surprisingly practical for its size too. It is the perfect car for around cities and towns. The acceleration is instant and the turning circle nice and tight so maneuvering around tight multi-storey and school carparks is easy. This car is a real joy for the driver and there is none of that frumpy Mum feeling!

2024 BYD Dolphin

With three Infasecure child seats in the back of the 2024 BYD Dolphin, there's a tiny bit of visibility over the top of them, however, the cameras are excellent so visibility isn't a problem.

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

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

The BYD Dolphin 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 on all variants.

 

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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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