2023 BYD Atto 3 100kW Review: Same Yet Different

Lionel Kong
2023 BYD Atto 3 in Singapore

BYD launches a lower powered version of the Atto 3 EV in Singapore to get it into the Category A COE bracket here

2023 BYD Atto 3 100kW

Launched: March 2023 – Price S$169,888 with COE and VES (May 2023)
Five-door, mid-sized crossover SUV, five seats
130hp, single-motor electric, VES A1, 16.0kWh/100km

Spacious, upscale cabin
Impressive list of standard features
Great ride character for a family car

Slightly busy interior design
Not a very dynamic car through corners


This BYD Atto 3 that you see here looks exactly like the BYD Atto 3 that was launched in July 2022. It’s practically identical. So much that you could just head over to our original review of the 2022 BYD Atto 3 to understand what all the fuss about the most successful Chinese EV to arrive in Singapore is all about.

CarBuyer Singapore readers voted the BYD Atto 3 as the Value Champion of the year!

Yet it’s not exactly the same in that this version has a power output of 100kW, or 134 horsepower, compared to the original’s 150kW, which is equivalent to 201 horsepower.

2023 BYD Atto 3 in Singapore

This simple act of detuning the car’s power output has moved it from its original Category B COE bracket for electric vehicles in Singapore to the Category A COE bracket, which is for EVs with power outputs of 130 horsepower or less. Category A COEs are for use with smaller, less powerful cars, and are typically cheaper than Category B COEs.

The result is that the Atto can be sold for around S$20k less at retail, while retaining all the features that made the launch model so unique.

2023 BYD Atto 3 in Singapore

It’s still a single motor, front wheel driven car, and while its acceleration record of going from 0 to 100km/h in 9.7 seconds may not seem like much, it doesn’t really reflect the fact that the car is still able to step off the line very briskly. Getting up to 60km/h from a standstill is a punchy, lively affair, and in urban traffic that car doesn’t feel like it lacks power at all.

Where it loses out to the 201 horsepower variant is at higher speeds that are beyond all posted speed limits in Singapore, so from a driver’s point of view it gives away very little.

2023 BYD Atto 3 in Singapore

BYD knows the car’s target audience and the car’s driving feel is clearly tuned for comfort, with a cushiony suspension setup and damping that feels a lot like the previous-generation Toyota RAV4.  That’s really not a bad thing and with the plush seats, quiet cabin and excellent ride this is a car that you can spend all day driving in without getting fatigued. 

2023 BYD Atto 3 in Singapore

The funky cabin design is unchanged, and the rotatable entertainment screen is still a great conversation piece.

Another key piece of technology that we didn’t get to try last year, but has now been rolled out via a software update in BYD cars, is the in-car navigation system. Instead of the ubiquitous Google Maps system, BYD’s GPS is powered by Here Technologies, which was once known as Nokia Maps.

2023 BYD Atto 3 in Singapore

It’s a solid alternative to Google and the system includes live traffic updates that shows traffic jams highlighted in red, in real time. There’s also the Spotify music app installed so you can listen to almost any song you want, anytime.

A full length panoramic sunroof stretches overhead adds a seriously premium feel, and unlike the Tesla Model Y, the Atto 3 has a fabric roller blind to close off the glass for a closed roof feel and to keep out the heat effectively.

2023 BYD Atto 3 in Singapore

Then just when you think that’s all, the car has voice activated controls too, which, from use, is almost as good as BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant. you’ll find that saying “Hey BYD” will trigger the car’s A.I. to listen in on your next command, and you can ask the car to plot a navigation route, or set the air conditioning. One drawback is the the microphone is very sensitive to the word “BYD”, so any casual mention of “BYD” in the car may trigger the car to ask what it can help you with.

Despite its lower power output, the car has an identical range specification as the more powerful one. Its rated efficiency is 16.0kWh/100km, and its specification on paper claims a range of 420km with the 60.5kWh battery.

2023 BYD Atto 3 in Singapore

However calculations based on homologated figures from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority, the car has a theoretical range of 378km. Yet, after three days of driving the car its power efficiency was in the mid 13kWh/100km range, which is much better than the official specification. This also means that, yes, 400+km per battery charge is quite routinely achievable.

2023 BYD Atto 3 in Singapore

Cabin design quirks and the big ‘Build Your Dreams’ badge on the rear of the car aside, this is still one of the best mainstream crossover SUVs you can get in Singapore. The state of COE prices in 2023 may continue to keep car prices pinned to the roof for the rest of the year, but the BYD Atto 3, in 100kW form, is as well-priced as possible and it has features closer to a luxury car than a mainstream commuter vehicle.

2023 BYD Atto 3 in Singapore

BYD Atto 3 100kW

DrivetrainFull electric
Electric Motor / LayoutSingle / front
Motor Power / Torque134 hp / 310Nm
Battery Type / CapacityLithium-ion, 60.5kWh
Standard Charge Time / Type9 hours 30 minutes / 6.6kW AC
Fast Charge Time / Type1 hour 12 minutes / 80kW DC
Electric Range*378km*
0-100km/h9.7 seconds
Top Speed160km/h
VES BandA1 / -S$25,000
AgentVantage Automotive
PriceS$169,888 with COE and VES
Verdict:Same great car with a power drop that is not really felt in urban driving

*According to battery capacity and LTA homologated efficiency figures


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About the Author

Lionel Kong

An old hand from the bad old days of crazy COEs, the straight-shooting, ex-CarBuyer editor is back in the four-wheeled world. Rumours that he went to another country to start a Judas Priest tribute band are unfounded.

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