Best electric medium SUV: BYD Atto 3
Also consider this mid-size SUV: Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Chinese BYD Atto 3 is proof that if you build a battery electric vehicle with a decent driving range at the lower end of the price scale, mid-size SUV buyers and family car shoppers will consider buying it.
In the congested and hotly contested medium SUV segment, the BYD Atto 3 is already a top 10 seller in Australia.
There are two BYD Atto 3 model grades on offer; the $48,011 Standard and the $51,011 Extended. The BYD Atto 3 may even qualify for electric vehicle subsidies and rebates in different states across Australia, further reducing that price.
Of these two, the BYD Atto 3 Extended makes that bit more sense, because it has a real-world driving range between recharges that’s close to 400km.
This driving range, combined with its spritely e-motor performance, tidy driving manners and compact size, makes the BYD Atto 3 an excellent choice as a daily commuter for families and households looking to downsize from a large SUV.
There are some eccentric touches with the BYD Atto 3, like the rotating touchscreen, tiny instrument panel and interior design with its marine theme, but they are not deal breakers.
RACV Members can put the BYD Atto 3 to test on a road trip, or even shopping trips and school drop offs through SIXT – complete with complimentary charging via the national Chargefox network throughout the car hire period.
Another electric vehicle also classified as a medium SUV is the Hyundai Ioniq 5. While it is a bigger and better vehicle than the BYD Atto 3, it is also substantially more expensive and therefore not accessible to as many mid-size family SUV car buyers.
Note: All prices exclude on-road costs.