A Fortuner owner checks out the BYD E6: 6 quick observations

We realized that this was a great Ertiga replacement- only if you can live without the 3rd row.

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Did a test drive of the e6 along with my better half. Impressions

  • First thing we realized that this was a great Ertiga replacement- only if you can live without the 3rd row.
  • Ergonomically well-sorted
  • The materials used are not premium relative to the price (and relative to similar priced ICE vehicles) but something I can live with
  • Did not realize the car is "started/on". Pressed the start button again, only to switch if off :-)
  • The ride is well sorted. We drove it over a very bad, under-construction road for 4-5 Km. E6 redeemed itself well.
  • Just when we were about to start fawning over its ride, we hit a stretch with multiple "high" speed breakers. Thats where the E6 bottomed out. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME . The accompanying PPS BYD guy got a stare from both of us and just mumbled "Sir, its an MUV but please drive it like a low sedan".....
  • We were driving on a hot sunny day at approx. 11 am. The AC was just about effective when I set it at our normal 22 degrees. It never really reached that temparature soon enough and we had to pull it down to 16 degrees to cool the cabin faster. For comparison, in our Fortuner, the cabin cools down in a couple of minutes at that setting.

Most "functional" bit was this. When asked if there is a provision for longer extended warranty periods, he said its something BYD is actively considering based on customer feedback in the personal segment who prefer a longer period than 8 yrs rather than distance covered (500k Km). Hope this comes out soon. BYD has apparently realized that the biggest scare over EVs is that the car will have negligible resale value once the warranty period ends. This is causing early adopters to go for cheaper cars like Tiago EV than cars in the 30L+ range.

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