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BYD Dolphin

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

74
%
A

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

58
%
D

Safety Rating:

90
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

-

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

74
%
A

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

58
%
D

Safety Rating:

90
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

-

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 January 2024, the BYD Dolphin holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 74%. It scores top marks for its excellent safety rating and it produces zero tailpipe emissions. However, its media reviews have been poor. We don’t yet have running cost data so check back again soon, and we won’t get meaningful reliability data for some time as the Dolphin is still a brand-new model.

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 tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Car

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Electrifying.com

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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

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2023
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 89%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 85%
Safety assist: 79%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: Design FWD Automatic

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: February 2024
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 10 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 9.6 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 9.9 / 10

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, 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 workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Dolphin, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models233 milesB193 – 265 milesB – B

As of January 2024, we don’t have independently verified data available for running costs (electrical efficiency, servicing and maintenance costs, insurance groups) for the BYD Seal. Check back again soon.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BYD Dolphin has received.

2023

  • Carbuyer Awards Car of the Year + Best Small Electric Car

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

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The electric BYD Dolphin has the interior comfort and low pricing to turn heads, but its driving dynamics have not fostered much praise.BYD Dolphin