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BYD Dolphin review: boot space, seating & practicality

The BYD Dolphin is spacious for a supermini and can even function as a small family EV

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

4.0 out of 5

Length

Width

Height

Boot space (seats up/down)

4,290mm

1,770mm

1,570mm

345/1,310 litres

Despite often being compared to the similarly-priced MG4, the BYD Dolphin actually occupies a different segment of the market; while the MG is equal in size to a family hatchback like the Volkswagen Golf, the BYD is an electric supermini that acts as an alternative to something like a Ford Fiesta or VW Polo.

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Still, for its size the BYD offers sufficient space as a car for couples or very small families. There’s plenty of storage space in the interior and the boot is larger than some small EV rivals.

BYD Dolphin interior space, storage & comfort

Room up front in the BYD Dolphin is generous enough, but the chunky dashboard and centre console cocoon you in place, giving the car a driver-focused feel. It’s a different story in the back however, with the totally flat floor and relatively long wheelbase offering loads of leg and foot room for two adults to stretch out. 

Storage is generous enough for a small car, with door bins and a decent-sized glove box, plus a large area under the centre console for storing odds and ends. There’s a shelf under the infotainment screen that looks like it should house the wireless charging pad. Alas, it doesn’t, which renders it a bit pointless unless your passenger wants somewhere to put their phone when not scrolling aimlessly through social media.

Boot space

Boot space is, once again, more than above average for an EV of this size. With 345 litres to play with, the BYD is roomy enough to carry the weekly shop or a couple of suitcases; the rear seats fold to uncover a 1,310-litre load bay.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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