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BYD Atto 3 2023: five-star ANCAP rating awarded to Chinese electric car, but there’s a catch


The five-star ANCAP rating only applies to those BYD Atto 3s built after 21 November 2022 or those examples that have been updated 

BYD’s Atto 3 electric car has received a five-star rating from Australian safety agency ANCAP. 

The news comes after New Zealand-supplied Atto 3s also received a five-star rating. 

The Australian rating applies to standard and extended-range variants of the Atto 3 that were manufactured after 21 November 2022. 

BYD Atto 3 2023 ANCAP blue front end smash
The Atto 3 scored well across the four key areas of safety testing

However, the rating also applies for Atto 3 vehicles built from May 2022 that received safety updates from BYD to improve the centre seating top tether restraint anchorage, as well as disabling the use of the front seat for small children by removing the airbag disabling switch. 

The Atto 3 scored well across the four key areas of testing, including 91 percent for adult occupant protection, 84 percent for child occupant protection, 69 percent for vulnerable road users and 80 percent for safety assistance. 

ANCAP has stated that any BYD Atto 3 that has not been updated or built after 21 November 2022 is unrated by the safety agency. 

BYD Atto 3 2023 ANCAP front end crash
The BYD Atto 3 after a serious front-end collision

The BYD Atto 3 starts from $44,381 before on-road costs, while the extended-range version costs $48,381 before on-road costs. 

The model uses a 150kW/310Nm electric motor installed on the front axle and is powered by either a 50.1kWh or 60.4kWh battery pack.  

BYD Atto 3 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Standard range: $44,381
  • Extended range: $48,381

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