Vauxhall vs BYD – Comparing Electric Cars
29 May 2024

Vauxhall vs BYD – Comparing Electric Cars

Vauxhall and BYD both offer competitive electric car ranges. But which is best suited for your needs? Read our latest blog.

Vauxhall vs BYD – Comparing Electric Cars

Electric vehicle usage is on the up, and for good reason. With lower emissions helping to contribute to a greener future, there is a lot of focus around electric cars at present.

If you are considering buying an electric car yourself, it can be difficult to know where to start. There are some established vehicle manufacturers that have smoothly taken to the electric car market, as well as some new players beginning to make some serious noise.

An example of an established brand with a strong electric offering is Vauxhall. A stalwart of the British car market, Vauxhall has introduced high-quality electric vehicles that are making waves and starting to be seen more and more on our roads.

Then there are the newcomers. BYD is a Chinese company established in 2003 that specialises in the manufacture of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. BYD is expected to see some pretty strong growth over the coming years in the European markets, as electric cars grow even more in popularity.

But how do their offerings compare? In this blog, we take a look at Vauxhall and BYD and how they match up when it comes to their electric vehicle offering.

An electric offering

Let’s start by looking at the scope of Vauxhall and BYD’s electric car offering.

Vauxhall first entered the electric market back in 2010, and has worked tirelessly to enhance the options it has in its electric range ever since.

Today, the company offers a broad selection of electric cars and vans. Classic car models such as the Vauxhall Corsa, Astra and Mokka are all available with electric engines, while larger vehicles such as the Vivaro Life and Combo Life also come with electric versions.

BYD has fewer models from which to choose. The BYD Seal is a strong electric saloon car offering, while the BYD Dolphin is a hatchback alternative. The BYD Atto 3 is an SUV model and the largest model this manufacturer creates, with ample space for drivers and passengers to enjoy.

In summation here then, Vauxhall’s range is broader at the moment than BYD’s, giving buyers more options from which to choose.

Is the price right?

Many potential electric car buyers will be looking at the price of a vehicle as the first port of call when browsing the market. So let’s see how Vauxhall’s and BYD cars’ prices compare to one another. We will look at the cost of a new car, as used cars will naturally vary in their price point.


At the time of writing (June 2024), we at Thurlow Nunn are selling the fully electric Vauxhall Corsa for just over £31,000, while the Vauxhall Mokka comes in at around the £35,000 mark.


When looking around for BYD car sales in the UK, the BYD Dolphin is typically the least expensive, coming in at around the £30,000 mark. The BYD Seal is more expensive at approximately £45,000. The BYD Atto 3 is retailing at present at around £38,000.


On price at the moment then, there isn’t a massive amount to choose between Vauxhall and BYD on their electric vehicles.

Vehicle Mileage Range

 

The range of mileage on offer from a single charge is a major factor for anybody considering going electric. So when comparing electric vehicles, this is naturally something to look at.


The Vauxhall Mokka Electric offers an electric range of 209 miles, with a cutting-edge 50kWH battery powering things. The Vauxhall Corsa Electric also has a WLTP-approved range of 209 miles, and comes with a 50kWh battery and a 100kW (136hp) electric motor.


On the BYD side of things, the BYD Atto 3 offers a range of 260 miles, the BYD Dolphin has an electric range of 201 miles, and the BYD Seal has an impressive range of 354 miles.

If a longer range of driving is important to you, then BYD certainly has a good set of options here, although the mileage does differ substantially across their selection. The BYD Seal’s range of 354 miles is very impressive however.

Style and Aesthetics

When choosing a vehicle of any kind, something that will influence this decision is the way it looks. This is bound to be a factor when it comes to choosing your new electric vehicle, so how do Vauxhall and BYD’s style and aesthetics line up?

Vauxhall’s electric car range is sure to turn heads, with the Vauxhall Corsa Electric boasting the iconic Vauxhall Vizor, as well as hockey stick LED lights and a rear with LED lights and distinctive lettering.

The Vauxhall Mokka electric is a really distinctive model too, with a strong centre crease running through the bonnet and many striking design features. This is a visual treat and one that is sure to impress any onlooker.

The BYD Seal’s main aesthetic feature is the dynamic waistline, with the vehicle’s front bearing an X design. As the name suggests, the BYD Seal’s is somewhat ocean-inspired, which may or may not be to a buyer’s taste.

The ocean aesthetic feel is continued with the BYD Dolphin, with this vehicle having strong crease lines and flowing contours. The BYD Dolphin is a confident looking car, with distinct colouring differentiation between the upper and lower parts of the vehicle.

The BYD Atto 3 is quite a neat looking SUV option, playing it cool rather than the more imposing designs some SUVs have today.
The visuals a vehicle offers are always going to be somewhat subjective, with different people preferring different elements. However when comparing these two brands, in our opinion Vauxhall has a more dynamic visual offering, while BYD plays it safer. 

Interior Interactions

We expect a lot of bells and whistles when it comes to the interiors of our new vehicles today, and the electric vehicles on offer from Vauxhall and BYD respectively are no different.


The Vauxhall Mokka Electric for example comes with an informative dashboard display, giving drivers a thorough overview of all electric-related details, helping them to maintain positive driving habits.


The Vauxhall Corsa Electric comes with a 10-inch infotainment display, while the Vauxhall Combo Life Electric has a rear view camera and smartphone projection as standard.


On the BYD side, the Atto 3 has an appealing media system, to which Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be connected. The Atto 3 also has intelligent voice control, which is a nice feature.


The BYD Dolphin also has a dominant central touchscreen with intelligent voice and car control functions, while the BYD Seal boasts a larger touchscreen offering, coming in at 15.6 inches.


In truth, both Vauxhall and BYD are offering exceptional connectivity and interior features for drivers, providing them with practical and stylish options in equal measure.

Charging Capabilities

Anybody considering going electric will naturally want to know about the abilities they have to charge their vehicle.
Vauxhall has recently launched a campaign whereby people can charge their new electric vehicles at any Tesco charging point, free of charge, for a whole year. That’s certainly a great offer and something to factor into your buying equation.

Of course, you also need home charging options. The Vauxhall Corsa can be charged through a wallbox at your home (7kW). This is capable of delivering a full charge in 7.5 hours – perfect for overnight charging. If you just need a quick charge, you can also use a normal household socket, and this will deliver enough charge for 62 miles in just 2.5 hours.


Rapid charging stations are also a great option for electric vehicle owners. The Vauxhall Mokka can achieve as much as 80% total charge in just 30 minutes at a 100kW rapid charge station. And of course, home charging options here are also available.


BYD has also looked to make charging easy, with the BYD Seal able to go from 30% to 80% charge when using a 150kW station in just 26 minutes. The BYD Atto 3 also has high-speed charging capabilities, with a charging capacity of DC 88kW. This means that the Atto 3 can be charged from 30% to 80% in 29 minutes.


Charging is an important part of electric car ownership, and as you would expect, both Vauxhall and BYD have made this central to their electric offering. Vauxhall’s new link with Tesco is a really appealing benefit of opting for this type of car however.

Making your decision

It’s fair to say that there are compelling electric offerings for Vauxhall and BYD cars in the UK market today.
Ultimately, the decision you make about which vehicle to buy is going to be dependent on what is important to you, and the things you prioritise.

This blog has outlined a number of benefits of each make, hopefully helping you get a greater idea of what is what when it comes to buying a new electric car today.

Here at Thurlow Nunn, we have an outstanding range of new Vauxhall electric cars for sale, with ample options from which to choose.

We also stock new Peugeot electric cars and MG electric cars, so be sure to take a look through the full electric range from Thurlow Nunn and find your perfect choice today.

 

We have showrooms across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, so why not book a test drive with us today?

Simply get in touch with the Thurlow Nunn team and we can arrange this for you. We look forward to showing you our electric vehicle ranges and seeing you drive off in a car you are truly happy with.