2024 BYD Seal pricing and features: Watch out, Model 3!

Tesla Model 3 rival lands in Australia with razor-sharp price

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  • 2024 BYD Seal: Full Australian details
  • Three variants, powertrains for electric sedan
  • Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Ioniq 6 rival due soon

The 2024 BYD Seal electric sedan has been detailed for Australia.

Priced from a sharp $49,888 before on-road costs, the Seal – an arch-rival for the Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Ioniq 6 sedans – will commence local deliveries in early December.

That is circa-$12,000 less than the cheapest Model 3 and $24,000 less than the most affordable Ioniq 6 – and similar to a top-of-the-range Toyota Camry hybrid.

Three variants are available: Dynamic, Premium and Performance.

All offer different powertrains, from the 150kW rear-wheel-drive Dynamic to the $68,798 390kW all-wheel-drive Performance capable of a 3.8-second 0-100km/h sprint.

The mid-spec Premium, comparable to a Tesla Model 3 Long Range, is priced at $58,798 plus on-road costs – less than the entry-level Model 3, which currently starts from $61,900 before on-roads following a recent update.

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As announced, it is the first BYD model in Australia to forego ‘Build Your Dreams’ badging, with discrete ‘BYD Seal’ badging on the boot lid.

In 2024, the BYD line-up will expand with the Seal U mid-size electric SUV and a plug-in hybrid ute. A fully electric ute will arrive at a later date.


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2024 BYD Seal pricing

Dynamic RWD$49,888
Premium RWD$58,798
Performance AWD$68,798

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2024 BYD Seal features

2024 BYD Seal Dynamic features
18-inch alloy wheelsBlack-grey or ocean blue leather upholstery
15.6-inch rotating infotainment systemHeated and ventilated front seats
Wired Apple CarPlayElectric boot
Wireless Android AutoLED headlights, tail-lights, and daytime running lamps
FM/DAB+ radioLED cabin lights
12-speaker Dynaudio systemInterior ambient lighting
10.25-inch digital instrument clusterElectric, auto-folding side mirrors 
15-watt dual wireless phone chargerDual-zone climate control
Four USB ports (2x USB-A, 2x USB-C)PM2.5 air filter
4G connectivity with over-the-air software updatesHeat pump
Glass roof360-degree camera system
Keyless entry and start with NFC cardRain-sensing wipers
Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat Front and rear parking sensors
Six-way power-adjustable passenger seat

2024 BYD Seal Premium features

In addition to Dynamic
19-inch alloy wheelsSide mirror reverse auto-tilt and position memory
Head-up displayGenuine leather-wrapped steering wheel
Continental SportContact 7 tyresDriver’s seat memory function
Four-position driver’s seat lumbar support

2024 BYD Seal Performance features

In addition to Premium
All-wheel driveHeated steering wheel
Torque adaption controlElectronic child lock

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2024 BYD Seal colours

Aurora whiteArctic blue
Atlantis greyCosmos black
Shark grey (Performance only)

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Powertrains, charging, and driving range

The Seal Dynamic has a 61.4kWh battery pack and 150kW/310Nm single electric motor sending power to the rear wheels. The claimed WLTP range is 460 kilometres, with a 0-100km/h time of 7.5 seconds.

Fast DC charging maxes out at 110kW, while AC charging is limited to 7kW.

Stepping up to the Premium long-range variant brings a larger 82.5kWh battery and a more powerful 230kW and 360Nm motor, with a claimed 0-100km/h time of 5.9 seconds and 570km range.

It supports 150kW DC fast charging, allowing for a 10 to 80 per cent top-up in 37 minutes

The dual-motor, all-wheel drive Performance has a 230kW rear and 160kW front motor for a 390kW/670Nm total system output, allowing for a 3.8 second 0-100km/h time and 520km range.

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Both the Seal Premium and Performance become the two fastest vehicles sold by BYD in Australia, beating the “sub-seven-second”, limited-run Dolphin Sport hatch due in 2024.

The Seal is underpinned by BYD's ‘e-Platform 3.0’ electric vehicle architecture, with its proprietary lithium-iron phosphate ‘Blade’ batteries to improve durability and lifespan.

Mini match-up: BYD Seal v Tesla Model 3 v Hyundai Ioniq 6

Seal DynamicModel 3 RWDIoniq 6 DynamiqSeal PremiumModel 3 LRIoniq 6 TechniqSeal Performance
Pricing (+ ORCs)$49,888$61,900$74,000$58,798$71,900$83,500$68,798
0-100km/h (claimed)7.5s6.1s7.4s5.9s4.4s5.1s3.8s
Battery size61.4kWh57.5kWh*77.4kWh82.5kWh75kWh*77.4kWh82.5kWh
Driving range (WLTP)460km513km614km570km629km519km520km

* Model 3 powertrain and battery capacity figures are based on data from the Federal Government's vehicle regulator and EV Database.

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The 2024 BYD Seal is yet to be tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.

It received a five-star safety rating from the Chinese NCAP assessment program, which has different testing protocols.

Eight airbags are standard.

2024 BYD Seal active safety features
Autonomous emergency braking Door open warning 
Lane-keep assistTraffic sign recognition
Lane departure warningIntelligent speed limit assist
Blind-spot alertAdaptive cruise control
Rear cross-traffic alertHigh beam assist
Front cross-traffic alertChild presence detection

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Measuring 4800 millimetres long, 1875mm wide and 1460mm tall, the BYD Seal is around 160mm longer but 58mm slimmer than a Model 3 – and similar in size to a Toyota Camry. It has a 2920mm wheelbase.

2024 BYD Seal boot space

The BYD Seal has a 400-litre boot and 53 litres of front storage under the bonnet.

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Warranty and servicing

The Seal is covered by BYD's six-year/150,000km vehicle warranty.

The high-voltage components are covered by an eight-year/160,000km warranty.

Separate warranties apply for certain vehicle components. Click here for more details.

Servicing is recommended every 12 months or 20,000 kilometres, whichever occurs first.

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The 2024 BYD Seal is now available to order.

First deliveries are due to commence in early December.

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