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Car Review

BYD Seal review

£45,640 - £48,640
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Published: 15 Mar 2024
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Buying

What should I be paying?

£45,695 is a chunk of money to pay for a car from a little known brand, and although BYD is claiming that residual values are strong, as yet, it doesn’t look like the lease companies agree. Most are quoting around £600 a month, when an Ioniq 6 is £100 cheaper, and the Model 3 starts as low as £350. Some buyers are also finding it hard to track down an insurance company that's actually prepared to quote for a Seal too. Hmm.

You get a lot of kit as standard. Unfortunately, as we have described, a lot of that kit doesn’t add much, if anything, to the ownership experience. Some of it we actively wish wasn’t included at all.

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The RWD car comes solely in Design trim, the AWD in Excellence. But those names feel arbitrary as, beyond its additional motor, the latter’s only extras are its ‘semi-active’ suspension and head-up display. Both are things you can live without.

Every car gets 19in alloys, the huge pano roof, a premium Dynaudio stereo (it’s decent, but not worth bragging about) and – yay! – all those active safety systems.

It has a strong warranty in its favour: six years or 93,750 miles for the whole car, eight years/125,000 miles for the battery. Soon we'll see the launch of a 61kWh entry-level car that’ll hopefully sneak under the £40k barrier.

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