BYD Atto 3 receives a five-star safety rating in Europe and New Zealand, but not in Australia

The hyped BYD Atto 3 EV has been awarded a five-star crash rating by safety tester ANCAP – but only for the New Zealand market.

It remains unrated in Australia and we’re currently trying to figure out why.

The score reflects the five-star rating that the Chinese EV also just achieved in Euro NCAP tests, which are aligned with and generally broadcast by ANCAP.

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However, Australian models remain unrated, with ANCAP saying it is now “working with BYD to finalize the applicability of a rating for Australian-specified models.”

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BYD’s ANCAP scores were 91 percent for adult occupant protection, 84 percent for child occupant protection, 69 percent for vulnerable road user protection, and 80 percent for safety assistance functions.

“This five-star ANCAP safety rating for the BYD Atto 3 will undoubtedly be welcome news for New Zealand buyers looking for a safe and environmentally friendly choice within their price point,” said ANCAP Managing Director Carla Hoorweg.

According to ANCAP, full scores for driver protection were achieved in the side impact and far side impact tests. Whiplash protection for the occupants in the front and rear seats also scored points, and the side impact and front offset crash tests achieved top marks for the protection of the child occupants.

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The Atto 3’s active safety capability proved to be “of a high standard”, with the standard autonomous emergency braking system with pedestrian and cyclist detection offering “good performance in forward, reverse, day and night testing scenarios”.

We reached out to ANCAP to find out more about why the Australian Atto 3 is unrated and when that will change.

BYD is distributed in New Zealand by Ateco, which imports LDV, Renault and Maserati in Australia. BYD’s distributor for Australia is another company called EVDirect.

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Atto 3s in New Zealand and Australia both come with seven airbags, lane assist, cross traffic alert and AEB. The installation of child restraint systems in the second row center seat is not recommended as there is no top tether anchor point despite being a five seater.

More to come as soon as possible… BYD Atto 3 receives a five-star safety rating in Europe and New Zealand, but not in Australia

James Brien

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