With the BYD Seal, the Chinese brand is clearly aiming for the Tesla Model 3. What trumps does the Seal have to lure Tesla fans out of their Model 3?
The fact that manufacturers of electric sedans want to make their cars as aerodynamic as possible results in models that are very similar. Especially from the side. Put the BYD Seal and the Tesla Model 3 one after the other, and you really have to look for the differences. The delivery program also has the necessary agreements. Both have a rear-wheel drive version and a four-wheel drive version. One with a lot, the other with a lot of power.
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If we dive a little deeper into the specifications, there are indeed differences to be discovered. For example, the BYD Seal has a larger battery as standard, which is also free of nickel and cobalt. Also in terms of power, the BYD at the longest end, but the Tesla is again better at fast charging. Furthermore, the BYD Seal in the back seat seems to offer the most space.
BYD Seal more expensive and cheaper than Tesla Model 3
For the Dutch car buyer and lease customer, the price is of course also a major factor in the choice. You would expect the starting price of the Chinese to be slightly lower, but that is not the case. On the other hand, the rear-wheel drive BYD Seal has more range than the Tesla Model 3 RWD. With the four-wheel drive versions it is exactly the opposite. In any case, the Tesla seems to be more economical on paper than its direct opponent in both cases.
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Comparison BYD Seal and Tesla Model 3
The most important data at a glance:
Specifications BYD Seal RWD / AWD Tesla Model 3 RWD / Dual Motor
Battery capacity 82.5 kWh 57.5 / 75 kWh
Cd value 0.219 0.219
Range 570 / 520 km 513 / 629 km
Fast charging power 150 kW 170 / 250 kW
Power 313 / 530 hp 283 / 498 hp
Top speed 180 km/h 201 km/h
0-100 km/h 5,9 / 3,8 s 6,1 / 4,4 s
Weight 2055 / 2185 kg 1840 / 1903 kg
Luggage compartment 400 + 53 l 594 + 88 l
Cons. price* € 47,990 / € 50,990 € 43,993 / € 51,993
* Fiscal (additional tax) value is approximately € 1000 lower