The new BYD Dolphin and Seal vehicles have been awarded five-star safety ratings by Euro NCAP, the European safety regulator for new cars.
Both models are fully electric and are built by the Chinese company BYD, which is new to the UK market.
The BYD Dolphin is a compact hatchback competing with vehicles such as the Peugeot e-208 and the Cupra Born and has exciting features such as a floating rotating centre console and a panoramic sunroof.
Yet to be released in the UK, the Seal is the first saloon style BYD to be offered. It will have smart storage in the form of a 400L boot in the rear, as well as an additional 53L of front storage space under the bonnet. The premium-feeling Seal also has an immersive driving theatre to enhance the experience of driving.
The Vehicles have been deemed so safe partially due to their generation e-Platform 3.0, which harbours the world’s first integrated 8-in-1 electric powertrain built on a mass-produced scale. The platform works by using a ‘multi-load path’ structure which can control how energy is absorbed and distributed by the vehicle in collisions. This, along with powerful external structuring of the car, will minimise damage and intrusion to the passenger cabin, keeping occupants safe.
The two BYD models join the BYD Atto 3 in earning top marks for safety, which was awarded five-stars last year.