BYD Seal vs Similarly Priced Rivals: Specifications Compared

  • Mar 7, 2024
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The BYD Seal’s specifications are rather impressive, considering the price it's been launched at for the Indian auto market

The BYD Seal electric sedan, priced from Rs 41 lakh (ex-showroom), is now available in the Indian car market. It is BYD’s third EV offering in the country. This electric sedan is an alternative to  other electric vehicles such as the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 , Volvo XC40 Recharge, and BMW i4. And in this report, we are going to find out how the Seal fares against its rivals. 

Price Comparison 

For starters, here is the side-by-side comparison of their ex-showroom prices:

 

BYD Seal

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Kia EV6

Volvo XC40 Recharge

BMW i4

Rs 41 lakh to Rs 53 lakh

Rs 46.05 lakh

Rs 60.95 lakh to Rs 65.95 lakh

Rs 54.95 lakh to Rs 57.90 lakh

Rs 72.50 lakh to Rs 77.50 lakh

  • The BYD Seal stands out as the most affordable car in this comparison. Its entry-level variant undercuts the Hyundai Ioniq 5 by more than Rs 5 lakh. 
  • Meanwhile, Its top-spec AWD variant is also the most affordable performance option here, as it undercuts Volvo’s XC40 Recharge’s dual-motor option by around Rs 5 lakh as well and the Kia EV6’s top-end pricing by almost a whopping Rs 13 lakh! 

  • The BMW i4 is the most expensive model in this test with a price of Rs 72.5 lakh to Rs 77.5 lakh (ex-showroom). 

Dimensions

Kia_EV6

Models

BYD Seal

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Kia EV6

Volvo XC40 Recharge

BMW i4

Length

4800 mm

4635 mm

4695 mm

4440 mm

4783 mm

Width

1875 mm

1890 mm

1890 mm

1863 mm

1852 mm

Height

1460 mm

1625 mm

1570 mm

1647 mm

1448 mm

Wheelbase

2920 mm

3000 mm

2900 mm

2702 mm

2856 mm

 

  • The longest electric vehicle here is the BYD Seal. The Ioniq 5 and EV6, however, are the widest in terms of width.

  • The tallest EV in this comparison is the Volvo XC40 Recharge, due to its ‘proper SUV’ stance.

  • However, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 boasts the maximum wheelbase.

  • The BMW i4 plays the middle ground here in terms of its dimensions. 

Battery Pack & Electric Motor

Hyundai_Ioniq5

Specifications

BYD Seal

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Kia EV6

Volvo XC40 Recharge

BMW i4

Battery Pack

61.44 kWh 

82.56 kWh

82.56 kWh

72.6 kWh

77.4 kWh

69 kWh

78 kWh

70.2 kWh

83.9 kWh

Drive Type

RWD 

RWD

AWD

RWD

RWD

AWD

FWD

AWD

RWD

RWD

Power

204 PS

313 PS

530 PS

217 PS

229 PS

325 PS

238 PS

408 PS

286 PS

340 PS

Torque

310 Nm

360 Nm

670 Nm

350 Nm

350 Nm

605 Nm

420 Nm

660 Nm

430 Nm

430 Nm

Claimed Range

510 km

650 km

580 km

631 km

Up to 708 km

475 km

505 Km


Up to 590 km

 

  • The BYD Seal offers the most powertrain options. The Kia EV6, XC40 Recharge and BMW i4 also come with two powertrain options while the Ioniq 5 only gets the one.

  • The Seal’s Performance (AWD) variant is the most powerful one. However, the Kia EV6 offers the highest claimed driving range of 708 km (ARAI-rated).

  • The BMW i4, gets the largest 83.9 kWh battery pack mated to a rear-wheel-drive motor. However, it offers less range than the Seal, Ioniq 5, and EV6. The Seal is a close second with a 82.56 kWh battery pack.

  • The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and BMW i4 miss out on AWD drivetrains for the Indian car market.

Charging

BMW_i4

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Specifications

BYD Seal

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Kia EV6

Volvo XC40 Recharge

BMW i4

Battery Pack

61.44 kWh 

82.56 kWh

82.56 kWh

72.6 kWh

77.4 kWh

69kWh / 78 kWh

70.2 kWh

83.9 kWh

AC Charger

7 kW

7 kW

7 kW

11 kW

7.2 kW

11 kW

11kW

11kW

DC Fast Charger

110 kW

150 kW

150 kW

50 kW ,150 kW

50 kW, 350 kW

150 kW

180 kW

205 kW

 

  • With the maximum charging capacity of 350 kW, the Kia EV6's battery can be recharged in just 18 minutes, going from 0% to 80%. The BYD Seal, on other hand, supports fast charging capabilities of up to 150 kW, while its smaller battery pack variant only supports up to 110 kW fast charging.

Feature Highlights

Volvo_XC40_Recharge

Models

BYD Seal

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Kia EV6

Volvo XC40 Recharge

BMW i4

Exterior

  • LED headlights with LED DRLs

  • LED tail lights

  • Sequential rear turn indicators

  • Flush-type door handles

  • 19-inch alloy wheels



  • Parametric pixel LED headlights & tail lamps

  • Flush-type door handles

  • Active air flap

  • 20-inch alloy wheels

  • Dual LED headlights with adaptive driving beam

  • LED DRLs with sequential turn indicators

  • Connected LED tail lamps with sequential rear turn indicators

  • Flush-type door handles

  • 19-inch alloy wheels

  • Pixel technology LED headlights

  • LED tail lights

  • 19-inch alloy wheels

  • LED headlights with LED DRLs

  • LED tail lights

  • Flush-type door handles

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

Interior

  • Leather seat upholstery

  • Leather wrapped steering wheel

  • 8-way powered driver’s seat

  • 6-way powered co-driver’s seat

  • Rear fold-out armrest

  • 4-way powered lumbar adjustment driver’s seat

  • Eco-friendly leather upholstery

  • Power adjustable front seats

  • Memory seat configuration (all seats)

  • Vegan leather seat upholstery

  • Vegan leather wrapped steering wheel

  • 10-way adjustable driver’s seat with memory function

  • 10-way adjustable co-driver’s seat

  • Leather-free upholstery

  • Partially recycled carpets

  • Artificial leather wrapped steering wheel

  • Powered front seats

  • 4-way power adjustable driver’s seat

  • Leather seat upholstery

  • M leather steering wheel

  • Powered front seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Dual-zone climate control

  • Ventilated & heated front seats

  • Rear AC vents

  • Panoramic glass roof

  • 2 wireless phone chargers

  • Heated ORVMs

  • Mood lighting

  • V2L (vehicle-to-load) function


  • Heads-up display

  • Air purifier

  • Driver’s seat with memory function

  • Memory function for ORVMs

  • Door mirror auto tilt function

  • Dual-zone climate control

  • Ambient lighting

  • Powered tailgate

  • Ventilated & heated front seats

  • Heated Rear seats

  • Heated ORVMs

  • Wireless phone charger 

  • Rear Window sunshade

  • Panoramic sunroof

  • V2L (vehicle-to-load) function

  • Virtual engine sound system (VESS)

  • Dual zone climate control

  • Ventilated and heated front seats

  • Heated steering wheel

  • 64 colour ambient lighting

  • Single-pane sunroof

  • Wireless phone charger


  • V2L (Vehicle-To-Load) function

  • Powered tailgate


  • Air purifier


  • Heads-up display 

  • Dual-zone climate control

  • Ambient lighting

  • Powered tailgate

  • Driver’s seat with memory function

  • Cushion extension  for the front seats

  • Panoramic sunroof

  • Wireless phone charger

  • Air purifier

  • Auto-dimming ORVMs

  • Triple-zone climate control

  • Ambient lighting

  • Glass roof

  • Driver’s seat with memory function


  • Wireless charging

  • Rear axle Air suspension

Infotainment

  • 15.6-inch rotational touchscreen infotainment

  • Wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

  • 12-speaker Dynaudio sound system

  • 10.25-inch digital driver’s display

  • 12.3-inch integrated dual screens for driver’s display  and infotainment system

  • 8-speaker Bose sound system

  • Wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

  • Ambient sound

  • Integrated display for dual 12.3-inch driver’s display and touchscreen infotainment

  • 14-speaker Meridian audio system

  • Wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

  • 12.3-inch digital driver’s display

  • 9-inch portrait-oriented infotainment display

  • 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

  • Apple CarPlay (Wired)

  • 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment

  • 12.3-inch digital driver’s display

  • Wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

  • 17-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

  • Cruise control with braking function

Safety

  • 9 airbags

  • 360-degree camera

  • Front & rear parking sensors

  • Rear defogger

  • Rain-sensing wipers (frameless)

  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold

  • Hill hold assist

  • Electronic stability control

  • Traction control

  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage

  • ADAS tech

  • 6 airbags

  • 360-degree camera

  • Electronic stability control

  • Hill hold assist

  • Front & rear parking sensors

  • Electric parking brake


  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage 

  • Rain-sensing wipers

  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • ADAS tech

  • 8 airbags

  • 360-degree camera

  • Electronic stability control

  • Hill hold assist

  • Front & rear parking sensors

  • Electric parking brake


  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage

  • Rain-sensing wipers

  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • ADAS tech

  • 7 airbags

  • 360-degree camera


  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage

  • Electronic parking brake

  • ADAS tech

  • 6 airbags

  • Rear view camera

  • Front and rear parking sensors

  • Park assist

  • Electronic stability control

  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • Electronic parking brake

 

As seen in the table above, all these cars have all the features you would need that would satisfy your craving. So for a twist, here are two unique features these cars come packing with:

Models

BYD Seal

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Kia EV6

Volvo XC40 Recharge

BMW i4

Unique Features

1. The BYD Seal offers  largest 15.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with rotating  vertical and horizontal orientations for the screen.

1. The Ioniq 5 features a relaxation mode that will electrically slide the seats back, lower the backrest, raise the ottoman and tilt the entire seat back.

1. The Kia EV6 features a curved driver display which increases the convenience factor. 

1. The XC40 Recharge’s infotainment system is  powered by Google itself so you do get features like a built-in Google Maps.

1. The BMW i4 has the segment best 17-speaker Harman Kardon audio system among all other EVs.

2. The Seal electric sedan also gets a memory function for the ORVMs which its rivals do not offer.

2. The car plays a spaceship-like sound to alert the pedestrians when the car approaches them.

2. The Kia EV 6 comes with an augmented reality Head-up-display (HUD) further enhancing the cool factor.

2. Displays google maps on the digital driver display, making that sure that you don't need to shift focus in any other direction.  

2. The BMW i4 is the only EV in the segment that offers rear axle mounted air suspension. 


Verdict

BYD Seal Design

The BYD Seal has emerged as a value for money proposition and is expected to give tough competition to all its EV rivals as well as distract the buyers from looking towards premium ICE-powered vehicles in the same price range. The Seal not only offers the best features in the segment but also boasts an impressive claimed range of 650 Km and has mighty performance as well. We would be comparing all four electric cars for a detailed comparison test, so stay tuned. 

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