BYD Dolphin review: boot space, seating & practicality
The BYD Dolphin is spacious for a supermini and can even function as a small family EV
Boot space (seats up/down)
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.
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 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe BYD Dolphin may be one of the cheapest electric cars on sale, but it delivers in many areas – making it something of an EV bargain
- 2Range, battery & chargingBase Dolphin models offer a solid range considering the budget price tag, while top-spec cars have the ability to travel even further
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe BYD Dolphin is the cheapest electric car on sale, and should be equally inexpensive to run
- 4Performance, motor & driveAt home in the city, the Dolphin’s light steering and soft suspension makes it easy to drive at a relaxed pace
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentThe Dolphin’s funky interior and long equipment list help set it apart from rivals
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThe BYD Dolphin is spacious for a supermini and can even function as a small family EV
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe BYD Dolphin uses tried-and-tested tech and while a safety rating is pending, it gets lots of driver assistance tech as standard