BYD vs Tesla Frequently Asked Questions

BYD has quickly established itself as a major player in the electric vehicle (EV) market, prompting potential EV buyers to compare the brand with Tesla. Here at Sturgess BYD, we’re delighted to stock BYD vehicles in Leicester – and answer the most commonly asked questions regarding BYD and Tesla.


Is BYD better than Tesla?


Currently, Tesla is more globally recognised as a brand that’s synonymous with electric cars. That said, BYD is a major force in the Chinese market, the largest EV market in the world. In terms of price, BYD wins out with its competitive pricing strategy, making EVs more affordable to a broader audience.

Is BYD faster than Tesla?


The Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD trim manages 0-62mph in approximately 4.5 seconds, and the Tesla Model Y Performance grade goes from 0-62mph in roughly in 3.8 seconds.

The BYD Seal all-wheel drive version speeds from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds, making it faster than any Model 3 variant and comparable with the fastest Model Y iteration.

Is the BYD Seal a smarter buy than a Tesla Model 3?


In many ways, yes. For instance, the BYD Seal:

  • Features BYD’s proprietary Blade Battery which is recognised for its safety and longevity
  • Offers both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive options
  • Possesses a premium interior with a more traditional look and feel, which many prefer to the minimalist Tesla Model 3

Is a BYD battery better than a Tesla battery?


BYD’s Blade Battery is renowned for its safety and durability because it uses lithium iron phosphate (LFP), which is less liable to overheat. However, it should be noted that each battery has its merits.

Is BYD cheaper than Tesla?


The BYD Dolphin begins at £25,490 whereas the Model 3, the cheapest Tesla vehicle, starts at around £39,000. The BYD Atto 3 is more affordable than both the Model 3 and Model Y, while the BYD Seal and Model Y are comparable in price.

Does a BYD charge faster than a Tesla?


Tesla offers charging speeds that are significantly higher than most of its competitors thanks to its Supercharger network. That said, the BYD Dolphin and Atto 3 achieve 30% to 80% 88kW charges in less than 30 minutes, and with a 150kW charger, the BYD Seal is even quicker.

How big is the BYD Atto 3 compared to the Tesla Model 3?


The Tesla Model 3 is slightly longer than the BYD Atto 3 and has more of a saloon-like profile. As an SUV, the BYD Atto 3 is designed with compactness in mind, making it a better choice in the city.

Is BYD more comfortable than Tesla?


The answer will depend on individual preferences, but let’s look at the BYD Atto 3 vs the Model Y.

The Model Y is larger and offers more interior space than the BYD Atto 3, and it benefits from Telsa’s advance suspension system, which means it arguably offers a smoother ride. However, the Atto 3 features ergonomically integrated seats made from sustainable vegan leather which are heated in the front compartment.

Does Tesla use BYD batteries?


Yes, according to sources such as The Driven and Electrek.

Is the BYD Dolphin better than a Tesla in cold weather?


The answer very much depends on which models are being compared, and the needs and preferences of the driver. However, there appears to be evidence that the BYD Dolphin performs better in cold weather than the Model 3.