Review: BYD Dolphin Malaysian – A Affordable Electric Vehicle

The BYD Dolphin is an electric hatchback that aims to bring affordable electric vehicles to Malaysian consumers. With two variants to choose from, the Dolphin offers a more budget-friendly option for those interested in going electric. The pricing starts at RM99,900 for the Dynamic Standard Range variant, making it more accessible to a wider audience.

In terms of specifications, both variants of the Dolphin come with a Blade lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery. The Dynamic Standard Range has a 44.92 kWh unit, offering a travel range of 410 km (NEDC-rated) or 340 km (WLTP). The Premium Extended Range has a larger capacity 60.48 kWh unit, providing an operating range of 490 km (NEDC) or 427 km (WLTP).

Charging options for the Dolphin are also practical. Both variants have an onboard AC charger (Type 2) that supports a maximum input of 7 kW. For DC fast charging (CCS2), the Dynamic Standard can handle up to 60 kW, while the Extended Range can handle up to 80 kW. This means that on suitable networks, charging times of around half an hour can be expected.

Performance-wise, the Dolphin is equipped with a single electric motor that drives the front wheels. The Standard Range variant has 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW) and 180 Nm of torque, while the Extended Range variant has 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 310 Nm of torque. The Extended Range variant offers a faster 0-100 km/h sprint time of 7 seconds, making it the more powerful option.

During a test drive in Malaysia, the Dolphin proved to be a smooth and reliable city car. The Extended Range variant, with its multi-link rear suspension, offered better comfort and reduced noise levels at higher speeds. However, the Standard Range variant with its torsion beam rear suspension provided a more composed ride at higher cruising speeds.

The BYD Dolphin is an affordable electric vehicle option for Malaysian consumers who are ready to embrace the future of electrification. With its attractive pricing and practical charging options, the Dolphin provides a viable choice for those looking to go electric.

– BYD Dolphin Malaysian (source article)
– Sime Darby Beyond Auto (test drive)