Is The BYD Seal A Worthy Tesla Model 3 Rival? This Fully Charged Review Tries To Find Out

Chinese automaker BYD (Build Your Dreams) is hitting the European market with its latest-generation electric vehicles, and the good folks at the Fully Charged Show got their hands on a United Kingdom-spec Seal, which is a direct competitor for the Tesla Model 3.

Coincidence or not, both electric sedans are built in China, so the adage that cars made in this part of the world can’t match the quality of Western-built vehicles is out of the question from the get-go, as Tesla has proved time and time again that its Shanghai Gigafactory can keep up and even surpass its American facilities in terms of build quality and production speed.

But by the looks of it, BYD has gone one step further in terms of interior quality, as the video embedded at the top of this page mentions the excellent cabin, which is just one step below luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz.

Gallery: 2023 BYD Seal in European specification

What might make traditional car customers more likely to look at BYD’s offerings is the more conventional interior layout, which features a digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, a head-up display for the driver, and a central touchscreen display that rotates between landscape and portrait orientations at the flick of a switch. By contrast, Tesla’s entry-level EV only has a central touchscreen and some buttons on the steering wheel.

There are also plenty of buttons for things like the audio system volume and climate control, as well as steering column stalks, which have famously disappeared from the updated Model 3 “Highland.”

An energy-efficient heat pump comes as standard on the BYD Seal. In fact, the standard equipment list is quite generous and includes a panoramic roof, an electric tailgate, split-folding rear seats, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, and a host of driving assistance systems like rear collision warning, traffic jam assist, and traffic sign recognition.

As a matter of fact, there are no optional extras on the Seal. Instead, there are two trim levels–Design, which comes with a rear-mounted 308 horsepower motor–and Excellence-AWD–which adds a front motor for an all-wheel drive system that’s good for 529 hp, as well as a head-up display.


BYD’s Blade battery, which uses lithium iron phosphate (LFP) chemistry and is a structural part of the car’s body, powers both versions and has a usable capacity of 82.5 kilowatt-hours. That’s enough for a WLTP combined driving range of 354 miles (570 km) in the rear-wheel drive model and up to 323 miles (520 km) in the AWD trim.

As for pricing, it’s pretty much neck and neck, at least in Germany. Here, the rear-wheel drive Seal starts at €44,913, while the AWD version ups the price to €50,990. Meanwhile, a Tesla Model 3 RWD goes for €42,990 and a dual-motor Long Range starts at €51,990.

Go ahead and see for yourself what the Seal is all about in the first drive review embedded at the top of this page. Then, head over to the comments section below and let us know what you think.

In the fast-evolving world of electric vehicles, Tesla has been leading the pack with their Model 3, setting the standard for performance, range, and design. However, a new contender has emerged on the scene that aims to challenge Tesla’s dominance in the market. The BYD Seal is a fully electric sedan that boasts impressive specs and features at a competitive price point. In this Fully Charged review, we will take a closer look at the BYD Seal to determine whether it is a worthy rival to the Tesla Model 3.

First and foremost, let’s talk about range. One of the key factors for consideration when choosing an electric vehicle is its range on a single charge. The BYD Seal offers an impressive 300 miles of range, which is on par with the Tesla Model 3 Long Range. This means that the BYD Seal can easily handle long-distance trips without the need for frequent recharging, making it a practical choice for everyday use.

When it comes to performance, the BYD Seal does not disappoint either. With a top speed of 100 mph and a 0-60 mph time of just 5.6 seconds, the BYD Seal delivers a smooth and responsive driving experience. Its electric motor provides ample power for quick acceleration, making it a joy to drive on highways and city streets alike.

In terms of design, the BYD Seal offers a sleek and modern exterior that is sure to turn heads. Its aerodynamic shape not only looks stylish but also enhances its overall efficiency, helping to reduce drag and improve range. The interior of the BYD Seal is equally impressive, with high-quality materials and a user-friendly layout that makes driving a pleasure.

One area where the BYD Seal falls short compared to the Tesla Model 3 is in its charging infrastructure. While Tesla has an extensive network of Supercharger stations that offer fast and convenient charging options, BYD currently lacks a comparable infrastructure. This means that BYD Seal owners may need to rely on third-party charging stations, which can be less convenient and reliable.

Overall, the BYD Seal is a worthy contender to the Tesla Model 3, offering impressive range, performance, and design at a competitive price point. While it may not have the same level of charging infrastructure as Tesla, the BYD Seal makes up for it with its impressive specs and features. If you are in the market for an electric sedan and are looking for a viable alternative to the Tesla Model 3, the BYD Seal is definitely worth considering.