Typically, a gasoline model is the cheapest option, followed by mild hybrids, and then non-plug-in hybrids. Typically, electric cars are the most expensive, even above plug-in hybrids. However, the model in question is on sale and can now be purchased cheaper than ever before since it was launched on the market. And thanks to that, as striking as it may be, it can be purchased for 5,000 euros cheaper than a hybrid alternative. And of course, it is much more interesting for the simple reason that it is a 100% electric car that also has cutting-edge technology. for the electrical part. Both at the battery and motor level.
The model we are talking about is the BYD Atto 3, which right now can be purchased for just 30,780 euros as a minimum price, even though it is 100% electric. And, to give us an idea of how cheap it is, a possible comparison would be the Hyundai Tucson hybrid, which is a benchmark among models with its characteristics, and which costs 35,825 euros at least. Come on, right now the BYD Atto 3 can be bought for 5,000 euros less, even though it is fully electric and has excellent range. It indeed has a 204 HP electric motor and the Hyundai Tucson hybrid reaches up to 230 HP with its hybrid mechanics, but believe me, it is more than enough power for a model of its size and weight.
BYD Atto 3 is now €5,000 cheaper than the Hyundai Tucson hybrid
The BYD Atto 3 is an electric SUV with a 4.45-meter-long body; That is, it is somewhat smaller than the Hyundai Tucson hybrid, which reaches up to 4.5 meters in length. And yes, it is true that as a family vehicle, the Korean model is somewhat better because it has 616 liters of trunk capacity, however, the BYD Atto 3 remains at 440 liters. That, be careful, it is not that it is a small trunk, far from it, but the reality is that in this aspect the Hyundai Tucson has no alternative on the market that is capable of overshadowing it.
At the performance level, while the Tucson hybrid relies on a 1.6 TGDi HEV engine with 230 HP maximum power, the BYD Atto 3 has a 204 HP electric motor. This, by the way, stands out for being an extremely efficient drive unit that makes the most of the battery that this model incorporates. For this reason, it is an electric car that surprises me with its range and, specifically, because it meets expectations and does not disappoint, making much lower figures in real driving conditions. It declares, by the way, a range of 420 kilometers which is already enough to be able to travel anywhere without worries.
To achieve this range, the BYD Atto 3 incorporates a battery with 60.5 kWh energy storage capacity which, by the way, is made with LFP cells. Specifically, it is a Blade battery developed and manufactured by BYD itself, which brands such as Toyota or Tesla have also trusted for some of their electric models. A battery that stands out for an extreme level of safety and a much longer useful life than the options with which it competes, in addition to high energy efficiency. It is, most likely, the best LFP battery on the market today.
With all this, the BYD Atto 3 is not only an electric car, and for that reason alone more interesting than an alternative with a hybrid engine, but it also comes loaded with equipment. It is a model that is close to premium options with top-level finishes. In addition to having a digital instrument panel, it has a 15.6-inch diagonal rotating central screen. The charging system, by the way, supports a maximum power of 89 kW.