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BYD Seal

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

77
%
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:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

87
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

-

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

77
%
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:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

87
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

-

Summary


The BYD Seal is an all-electric executive saloon and the third model BYD has launched in the UK. As the brand’s new flagship model, the Seal poses direct competition to the likes of the Tesla Model 3, BMW i4 and Polestar 2.

“On price and equipment alone, the BYD Seal is an attractive proposition”, says Dave Humphreys of The Sunday Times, who adds that the car also drives with a similar degree of quality and finesse to its established rivals.

Car‘s Keith Adams explains that the Seal is more efficient than the BMW i4, more responsive than the Hyundai Ioniq 6, and has a higher interior quality than the Tesla Model 3. That said, Adams also concludes in his Parkers review that “the BMW i4 outdrives it, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 is more comfortable, and the Polestar 2 has a funkier interior and better infotainment.”

John McIlroy of Auto Express says that BYD has “a real star on its hands”, praising the saloon for its “generous” standard equipment list, its “solid” battery range and “respectable” charging speeds. On the other hand, several reviewers comment that the car’s rather intrusive safety assistance systems need some work. Evo‘s Sam Jenkins says this tech may prove to “be a sticking point for many.”

As of January 2024, the BYD Seal holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 77%. It gets top marks for its excellent safety rating and it produces zero tailpipe emissions. Please note, however, that the overall rating is still incomplete as we are awaiting full running cost data, and we obviously won’t get any meaningful reliability data for some time as the Seal is a brand-new car.

Seal highlights

  • Refined and spacious interior
  • Well-equipped as standard
  • Competitive range and performance

Seal lowlights

  • Slower charging than rivals
  • BMW i4 has better handling
  • intrusive assistance systems

Key specifications


Body style: Saloon
Engines:
electric, battery-powered
Price:
From £45,695 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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Auto Express

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Business Car

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Move Electric

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Parkers

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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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: 82%
Safety assist: 76%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the BYD Seal has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the BYD Seal 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 Seal, 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 models339 milesA323 – 354 milesA – A

No data yet

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.

Similar cars


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

Alfa Romeo Giulia | Audi A4 | BMW 3 Series | BMW i4 | DS 9 | Genesis GV60 | Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Hyundai Ioniq 6 | Jaguar XE | Kia EV6 | Mercedes-Benz C-Class | Polestar 2 | Tesla Model 3 | Volkswagen ID.7 | Volvo S60


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Reviewers conclude that the BYD Seal is an impressive all-electric saloon, but its intrusive assistance systems may deter some buyers.BYD Seal