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BYD Dolphin hatchback - Practicality & boot space

“Space inside is really impressive, and while the boot isn’t massive – it’s more than acceptable for a car in this class”

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4.3 out of 5

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Practicality & boot space Rating

4.0 out of 5

​Sitting below the BYD Atto 3 (a Nissan Qashqai-rivalling electric SUV) the BYD Dolphin is pitched somewhere between a Ford Fiesta and a Ford Focus in terms of size. However, inside it’s bigger than both of those cars – longer, even, than a Volkswagen ID.3.

The driver and passenger do feel a little cocooned up front in the BYD thanks to the high centre console, but there’s enough space to stretch out. We’d like a bit more adjustability for the driving position; the seat moves up and down, but the seat base is very flat and lacks thigh support. Furthermore, the instrument cluster is attached to the steering column and sits at a slightly jaunty angle. Annoying for some, perhaps.

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There are plenty of useful cubbies and in the back, legroom is generous. The completely flat floor means you can fit three across the back for short hops, but doors don’t open all that wide, which may be an issue if you regularly have to load children into the rear.

Size comparison

Model 

Length

Width

Height

BYD Dolphin

4290mm

1770mm

1570mm

Vauxhall Corsa

4060mm

1765mm

1433mm

Peugeot e-208

4055mm

1745mm

1430mm

MG4

4287mm

1836mm

1504mm

Boot space

Depending on how you view the BYD Dolphin will determine whether you consider this a practical supermini or a compromised family car. If the former, then the 345-litre boot is pretty generous for a car in this class – especially given the price. However, it’s down on the larger MG4, which claims 363 litres with the rear seats in place. Even that isn’t particularly well regarded against the competition; a Volkswagen ID.3 gets 385 litres, while a Kia Niro EV boasts 475 litres of carrying capacity.

Fold the BYD’s seats flat and there’s 1,310 litres to play with, however – a figure not to be scoffed at in the supermini and small-car class. Its boxier shape means that on paper, the BYD is bigger than the MG in this respect. The BYD doesn’t get any storage under the bonnet, though, so you’ll need to store the charging cables alongside your luggage.

Boot space comparison

Model 

Boot space

BYD Dolphin

345/1,310L

MG4

363/1,177L

Vauxhall Corsa

267/1,081L

Peugeot e-208

311/1,160L

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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