2023 BYD Dolphin price and specs

The new BYD Dolphin electric car goes on sale tonight priced from $38,890 plus on-road costs – $100 less than its closest rival, as two Chinese car giants start an electric-car price war.

  • 2023 BYD Dolphin pricing and specifications
  • Three model grades: Dynamic, Premium and Sport
  • Glass roof, Apple CarPlay, advanced safety standard
  • Priced from $38,890 plus on-road costs

The 2023 BYD Dolphin hatchback from China will become the cheapest electric car in Australia when it opens for orders tonight. Deliveries are due to commence before the end of this year.

As reported this morning, three days after Chinese rival MG announced the new MG 4 51kWh electric car would cost from $38,990 before on-road costs, rival BYD has announced its new model – the Dolphin – will start from $38,890 before on-road costs in base Dynamic trim.

Both vehicles are due in Australian showrooms by the end of this year – the MG in August, and the BYD between October and December – and are estimated to cost close to, or in excess of $40,000 drive-away once on-road charges are included.

The distributor for BYD vehicles in Australia today said the price for the Dolphin was "locked in months ago" – and the $100 difference in list price between the two vehicles cars is a coincidence.

UPDATE, 22 June 2023, 8:00pm: Full details of the 2023 BYD Dolphin have been confirmed. This story published at 1:00pm has been updated.

European model shown.

The Dolphin – which is available to order now – will initially be available in two model grades, Dynamic ($38,990 plus on-road costs) and Premium ($44,890 plus on-road costs).

Due to join the range next year is a 'Sport' special edition, with more power, faster acceleration and a wide-body kit. Only 1000 examples will be built. Click here for more details.

The Dynamic is powered by a 70kW/180Nm front-mounted electric motor and a 44.9kWh battery pack, good for 340km of claimed driving range in European WLTP lab testing, and zero to 100km/h acceleration in a claimed 12.3 seconds.

For comparison the base-model $38,990 MG 4 has a 125kW rear electric motor, a 51kWh battery, 0-100km/h acceleration in a claimed 7.7 seconds, and 350km of claimed driving range.

European or NZ models pictured.

Meanwhile, the Premium – which undercuts a mid-grade MG 4 64kWh Excite by $100 – upgrades to a 150kW/310Nm electric motor and 60.48kWh battery said to deliver a claimed 427km of WLTP driving range, and 0-100km/h in 7.0 seconds.

Using overseas specifications as a guide, the Dynamic can support DC fast charging at up to 60kW, for a claimed 30 to 80 per cent recharge time of 28 minutes, while the Premium claims figures of 80kW and 29 minutes respectively.

Details of the Dolphin Sport are yet to be revealed, however it is due to offer "sub-seven second 0-100km/h" performance, according to BYD's website.

Although the Dolphin Dynamic is less powerful and cannot travel as far on a charge as the base MG 4, it is better equipped.

Standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, a rotating 12.8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay (but no Android Auto at launch), embedded satellite navigation, a panoramic glass roof, automatic climate-control air conditioning, and a heat pump that uses wasted battery heat to warm the cabin, rather than taking electricity from inside the battery.

It also offers wireless phone charging, heated power-adjustable front seats, synthetic leather-look seat trim, keyless entry and start, power-folding side mirrors, and a surround-view camera with parking sensors.

It receives a full suite of advanced safety technology including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear cross-traffic alert, and traffic-sign recognition.

The Dolphin Premium adds 17-inch alloys, more advanced independent rear suspension, and two-tone paint, in addition to its more powerful motor, larger battery and faster charging.

European and NZ models pictured.

As previously reported by Drive, BYD Dolphins sold in Australia will be more than 200mm longer than Chinese-market models due to a new front-end crash structure aimed to earn the vehicle a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

However the Dolphin is yet to be tested by ANCAP, and it will be marketed as "unrated" until the car is assessed by the safety organisation.

The Dolphin measures 4290mm long, 1770mm wide and 1570mm tall, on a 2700mm wheelbase. BYD claims 345 litres of boot space with the rear seats up, or 1310L with them folded.

The 2023 BYD Dolphin is now available to order, ahead of first deliveries due in September or October 2023.

2023 BYD Dolphin Australian pricing

  • Dolphin Dynamic – $38,890
  • Dolphin Premium – $44,890
  • Dolphin Sport – $49,990

Note: All prices above exclude on-road costs.

Dolphin Sport.

2023 BYD Dolphin Dynamic standard features:

  • 70kW/180Nm electric motor and 44.9kWh battery
  • 60kW DC fast charging
  • 16-inch alloy wheels with tyre repair kit
  • Torsion-beam rear suspension
  • LED headlights, tail-lights and daytime-running lights
  • 12.8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, satellite navigation
  • 5.0-inch instrument display
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Synthetic leather-look seat upholstery
  • Six-way driver and four-way passenger power-adjustable seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Automatic dual-zone climate-control air conditioning
  • Keyless (proximity-key) entry and start
  • Power-folding side mirrors with heating
  • Four USB ports (two USB-A, two USB-C)
  • Heat pump
  • Seven airbags (including front-centre airbag)
  • 360-degree camera
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Front and rear cross-traffic alerts with braking
  • Traffic-sign recognition
  • Driver fatigue monitoring
  • Tyre pressure monitoring

2023 BYD Dolphin Premium adds (over Dynamic):

  • 150kW/310Nm electric motor and 60.48kWh battery
  • 80kW DC fast charging
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Multi-link independent rear suspension
  • Two-tone paint

2024 BYD Dolphin Sport adds (over Premium):

  • "Sub seven-second" 0-100km/h time
  • Performance tyres
  • 17-inch blue and black wheels
  • Sports body kit with wheel-arch flares
  • "Tuned sports performance"
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Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines at a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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