Video test – BYD Tang EV: this 7-seater Chinese electric SUV arrives in France!

Video test - BYD Tang EV: this 7-seater Chinese electric SUV arrives in France!

After a first attempt that came to an end, the Chinese manufacturer BYD is once again trying to enter the French electric passenger car market. Among the 3 models that will be available soon, this family SUV that positively surprised Maxime Fontanier.

7 seater SUV

Also a manufacturer of trucks, buses and handling equipment powered by traction batteries, BYD (Build your Dreams) intends to take advantage of the Mondial de l’Automobile to be held in Paris from October 17 to 23 to present a diversified range that will include 3 cars electrical

Maxime Fontanier has already recently taken control of the long luxury Han EV sedan close to a Tesla Model S, as well as the Atto 3 compact SUV cut down to compete with the Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro EV. He now invites us to discover the Tang EV that fits into a 4.87 x 1.95m rectangle, for a height of 1.73m.

BYD is not the only Chinese manufacturer to offer such a machine designed to accommodate up to 7 people on board. Nio and Hongqi, for example, do this with their respective bulkier ES8 (5.02 x 1.96 x 1.76m) and E-HS9 (5,209 x 2,010 x 1,713m) models. With a much smaller size (4.90 x 1.95 m), the Voyah Free, also recently tested by our journalist, only offers 5 seats.

comprehensive motor skills

The Tang EV’s 2.82m wheelbase fits quite amusingly, very precisely between that of the Atto 3 (2.72m) and the Han EV (2.92m). The massive look of this family SUV is softened by Full LED headlight units at both ends.

The example we were able to discover is based on 22-inch wheels mounted with thinwall Continental tires (265/40) and low rolling resistance. Heavily perforated, the 5-double-spoke alloy wheels reveal the ventilated disc + caliper assembly. ” As for the brakes, it seems to be quite serious. “, estimates from this point of view Maxime Fontanier.

Specifies that the machine does not have air suspension. It is not piloted anymore. All-wheel drive is ensured in the Tang EV by 2 permanent magnet motors that develop a combined power of up to 380 kW (516 hp), for 680 Nm of torque. Values ​​already seen with the Han EV sedan. Like the maximum speed limited to 180 km/h.

Fill out

The 3 cars that will be presented next month in Paris are equipped with LFP (lithium iron phosphate) sheet batteries that have the particularity of offering better energy density, more safety, weight gain and easier repairability. With a useful energy capacity of 86.4 kWh, the pack gives the Tang EV a range of 400 km on WLTP combined cycle.

Cut into the right rear fender, the circular cargo hatch houses a Combo CCS connector that will accept no more than 110 kW of DC power. It’s a bit stingy compared to the European competition. ” In China they don’t have very fast chargers. They prefer to have 50 kW. This is something that should evolve over time on European models. », considers Maxime Fontanier.

However, 30 minutes would already be enough, according to the manufacturer, to bring the Tang EV’s battery power level from 30 to 80%. It also carries an 11kW AC device for home charging or connection to the many 22kW terminals now installed in public spaces.

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she has a breast

Behind the tailgate that opens and closes electrically, the trunk of the BYD family SUV offers 235, 940 or 1,655 liters playing with the folding backrests of the second and third bays. Nope coward under the hood, but a double bottom that receives a compartment designed to store charging cables and standard emergency and safety equipment.

Accommodating 3 rows of seats in a car less than 4.90 m long imposes some concessions. The backs of the 5 seats in the back are not the thickest. However, the two-tone upholstery, chocolate and caramel, with stitching, is carefully treated and offers good comfort. The center bench slides into 2 parts, making access to the rear even easier. Please note that the center seat in row 2 should be reserved for occasional use.

The side armrests with cup holders rest on the aft wheel arches for the comfort of the 2 rear occupants. Behind the driver and his right neighbor: 2 ventilation nozzles, 2 USB sockets and several storage spaces.

let’s move on

Leaving the back seat, Maxime Fontanier judges: “ Frankly, the build quality, at first glance, is quite impressive! “. The wide front doors invite you to settle on board. Different materials line the interior doors, including alcantara, finished off with a customizable LED light line.

Common to all 3 electric cars tested, this 15.6-inch touch screen can be oriented as desired in landscape or portrait mode. Rotation is done electrically after pressing a button. Despite an internal operating system, the infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

As responsive as it is fluid, the tablet is also used to intervene in vehicle settings, as well as to display the navigation system and reversing camera views, including the 360-degree overhead. BYD has also mastered ergonomics in the family SUV. This is visible on the digital instrument display, the steering wheel controls, and the shortcut buttons around the drive selector.

comfort elements

The BYD Tang EV that we have at our disposal is finished off with a panoramic roof that brings a beautiful light on board. However, it can be hidden if necessary. Below, the 2 passengers installed at the front now have several storage spaces in a rather traditional way: in the door panels, in the glove box and under the center armrest where there are also 3 sockets (USB + 12V). An induction charger and 2 cup holders complete the equipment.

Before hitting the road, the driver will be able to electrically adjust his seat, including the level of the seat length. Your neighbor too. The position of the steering wheel can also be checked for height and depth. It is necessary to press a small button at the height of the gear selector to start rolling. This move will also play on the Han EV and Atto 3.

some twists

In BYD electric cars, regenerative braking is never very strong. It can be set to 2 modes with a button to the left of the drive selector. ” Stays low no matter what “says Maxime Fontanier.

No paddles behind the steering wheel, no possibility of immobilizing the vehicle without resorting to the brake pedal. So fans of these 2 systems are likely to be disappointed. Probably less those who will discover electromobility with this car. Throttle responsiveness and steering harshness are more binary configurable.

Although not the suspension. In the model we have at our disposal, the chassis is adjusted according to China-specific comfort standards. Firmer, the units deliverable in Europe, and in particular in France before the end of this year 2022, will be adapted to our market. “We feel it’s a bit firm at low speeds, but it’s not uncomfortable or flashy,” assesses the man in the cap.

Faint feeling when braking

The manufacturer encrypts the time needed to lower the 0 to 100 km / h in 4.6 seconds. Using the Launch Control device available on the 3 BYD models soon to be unveiled in Paris, the trade journalist did even better in 0.3s.

The behavior of the braking system of the Han EV and the Atto 3 did not appeal to him much. It is no better than the accredited Tang EV on the 2500kg scale. He describes : ” It’s heavy, of course, but the weight is felt mainly because the brake pedal doesn’t feel very good. It’s quite slow at the beginning of the race, and after that we have a difficult point. There’s always a bit of inertia at the start, regardless of setting, Standard or Sport. “.

This does not prevent obtaining powerful braking at the end, with automatic ignition of the emergency lights.


If we know that the first copies of BYD Han EV, Atto 3 and Tang EV will be delivered in France at the end of the year, we still do not know by which network they will be distributed. It is also the unknown in terms of prices. ” In Norway, this 7-seater Tang EV is the same price as a Tesla Model Y Performance “, compares Maxime Fontanier.

This allows for a more spacious vehicle, with 7 seats. In terms of dynamism, the Tesla Model Y is still sharper. The Chinese SUV, however, is a very interesting, modern and well-made product, with better ergonomics than in Tesla. It’s a good surprise! “, he concludes, almost impatient to be able to try it according to his usual scenarios.

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