(Elbil24): Last week, Chinese automaker BYD launched two upcoming models for the European market. BYD ATTO 3 By all accounts it will be the biggest seller among them, the car we talked about last week.
But Elbil24 has also done a test drive of the other car from the newcomer, BYD Han, and from the importer it’s great news from the importer that both cars will arrive in Norway within the year.
Those who are quick on their feet can end up first in the delivery queue, because the release of cars was not known until recently.
Between Tesla Model 3 and Model S
Like I said, we’ve already told you about the Atto 3, but what can you expect from BYD Han?
Yeah, just listen here. The car is a sedan, and the size is between Tesla Model 3 and Model S, to give an indication. This will probably suit many users, as the Model S can be too big and expensive to many, while the Model 3 may seem low and small to many.
In other words, BYD Han hit the mark pretty well.
Now, it remains to be said that sedans have not historically been the preferred choice in this country. Over the years station wagons, utility vehicles, and SUV models won the day, but at an early stage the Model S was the only long-haul carrier available.
Now the range of electric cars is much larger, and we notice that SUV models are gaining ground among these as well. But if you want a sedan first, or something that can look sporty, the Han is definitely an option.
Range of more than 50 miles
Unlike the BYD Atto 3, a classy interior of a popular model with an SUV feel in the compact class, the Han is a much more sporty car.
Here we are talking about performance on paper, since the sprint should be done in 3.9 seconds, while the top speed, though, is set to a modest 180 km / h.
Obviously, BYD, like other Chinese manufacturers, does not want to extend the cord in areas that could put the batteries under stress.
Also, BYD Han is built with its own Blade batteries, and they fit right into the battery case, without modules, as usual. It makes room for more battery capacity, as well as saving weight on extra packs.
BYD has an 85.4 kWh battery, which is enough for a range of up to 521 km under the WLTP standard. Thus he joins the ranks of cars that will now be able to cross the magical 50-mile limit, which simply must be said is more than far enough.
Expect some drop in winter time, but with a heat pump and promised efficiency when the scale turns blue, it’s likely to last into the winter too.
How about the shipping speed?
A kind of standard measure of range is that if you stop more often on long trips than you need to charge, you’ll have a wide range. Because you know, you should charge when you can, not when you have to.
Here you should definitely stop more than you need to charge, because driving 50 miles is usually eight hours behind the wheel. Then you must stop several times along the way.
In other words, range is not an issue for Han, but the charging speed is similar to that of most Chinese electric cars. It lacks the high top speed a manufacturer can use in marketing, but BYD promises that it should instead be able to maintain the effect it promises for longer, and in this way make up for what is lost in this way.
This aligns well with the results we see in our own charging tests. It is simply the average power throughout the charging cycle that decides. This is why we always calculate this average effect when we do charge tests.
It remains to be seen if BYD’s claims are true so we can run a similar test on this, but the philosophy is not wrong. We saw it the last time we tested it BYD Tang against two other Chinese SUV models in the ‘Big Three Chinese’ box.
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Based on our rounds to test the car in an enclosed area, it certainly proves to be a good product, and also in use. It seems to have driving characteristics that will satisfy European taste. It’s a combination of comfort and sporty style that will delight you.
We’ll wait for a more in-depth evaluation until we test the car on Norwegian soil, but the first impression is very good.
Inside, it’s easy to recognize from BYD Tang, except that Han’s been pushed even further in detail over premium. Where we find Tang’s glossy black piano lacquer – which doesn’t stay shiny for long – Han has imitation wood that looks much better and more luxurious.
You also have two front seats that are very good in both setup and other uses, and they provide both heating and ventilation (cooling). It is simply easy to have fun on board, and unlike other Chinese cars that have crossed national borders, BYD has been able to solve many challenges through its user interface. There, many Chinese manufacturers still have a long way to go before it makes sense for the average Northerner.
Good space, but poorly resolved
Also with regard to the luggage compartment, it is quite good, but with some flaws. Because Han has a fairly tight cargo hold and trunk access, as it’s just a perfectly normal trunk lid.
Had the back window been pursued, it would have provided much better space and better loading capabilities. Here, the solution is very similar to what we find on the Tesla Model 3, which is not very easy to use. It is also reported that the luggage compartment is 410 liters and, in addition, there is a ski hatch, for those who need it.
Space is impeccable in both the front and rear seats. It actually almost wants to sit in the back, if you can’t drive by yourself at first. Here you sit well, you have a central armrest with full control over the most important functions, and the premium feel is by no means worse here than in front.
All in all, BYD Han is thus one of his kind acquaintances. The only thing that will become a party killer now is the price, but it is not known yet. However, we know BYD hit the nail on the head with the BYD Tang and we assume it’ll be close to the same in the newly launched Atto 3, so why not pull it off with Han?
With roughly the same motor and battery Tang, we can probably count on something in the same range, if we can guess. That means it’s somewhere just over 600,000 NOK, before the specter of VAT on New Years Eve. And as I said, the car will arrive shortly before that time.
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