Why I love Tesla so much more than BYD – a (strong) personal opinion

  • Tesla outshines BYD in performance and range, offering unparalleled speed and distance, making it ideal for driving enthusiasts.
  • Tesla offers superior passenger comfort with high-quality materials, spacious cabins, and advanced infotainment. BYD provides decent comfort but lacks Tesla’s premium feel and entertainment options.
  • Tesla delivers thrilling performance and advanced Autopilot features, enhancing the driving experience. BYD offers good performance but lacks Tesla’s excitement, refinement, and advanced driver-assist systems.

Tesla is vastly superior to BYD (IMO) in many ways, but mainly in terms of performance and range, design aesthetics, and passenger experience. Tesla Model S Plaid has demonstrated unparalleled performance and range advantages with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of less than 2 seconds and a range of more than 370 miles. That’s what I’m talking about! Its minimalist and futuristic design, as well as high-quality materials and rich entertainment systems, make the ride experience comfortable and advanced. In contrast, BYD, despite its progress, still cannot compare with Tesla in performance, design, and passenger experience. Overall, Tesla performs better in these key areas
, and most of all, makes me feel special whenever I take a ride.
–Alaiya Ding, BTW reporter

Tesla’s electric cars excel in performance and range, leading the market with models like the Model S Plaid and Model S Long Range. BYD, while improving, cannot match Tesla’s superior driving experience.

Performance and range

Tesla’s electric cars are renowned for their performance and range. The Model S Plaid, for example, boasts a 0-60 mph time of under 2 seconds, making it one of the fastest production cars in the world. Moreover, Tesla’s commitment to maximizing range means that their vehicles often lead the market in terms of how far you can travel on a single charge. The Model S Long Range, with over 370 miles of range, alleviates much of the range anxiety that potential EV buyers may have. Steve Westly, a former Tesla board member, said bluntly, “BYD gives Tesla a real challenger for the first time.”

BYD’s offerings, while improving, generally do not match Tesla in terms of performance and range. The focus on affordability often means compromises in these areas. For those who prioritize the driving experience and the freedom to travel long distances without frequent recharging, Tesla clearly has the upper hand. Bill Gates, the former world’s richest man and founder of Microsoft, commented on Tesla Motors: “Tesla’s products are amazing and very popular in the electric vehicle market, but its current problem is that it only occupies a small share of the market due to its relatively high price, and in the future, after the US cancels the $7,500 tax credit, Tesla’s development will be more difficult.”

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Tesla electric car is driving on the road.

Design and aesthetics

Another reason I favor Tesla is the design philosophy. Tesla cars are not just functional; they are beautiful. The sleek, minimalist design of the exterior coupled with a futuristic, spacious interior creates an experience that feels luxurious and ahead of its time. The centerpiece of the interior is often the large touchscreen interface, which controls almost all aspects of the vehicle, further emphasizing Tesla’s commitment to a streamlined and user-friendly experience.

BYD’s designs, while practical, often feel more conventional. They tend to focus on utility rather than the avant-garde aesthetics that Tesla offers. For car enthusiasts who appreciate design as much as functionality, Tesla’s appeal is significantly stronger.

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Pop quiz

Which statement best describes the performance and range comparison between Tesla and BYD electric vehicles?

A) Tesla and BYD electric vehicles have similar performance and range.

B) Tesla’s electric cars offer superior performance and range, often leading the market, while BYD focuses more on affordability, compromising on these aspects.

C) BYD electric cars outperform Tesla in both performance and range, making them the preferred choice for long-distance travel.

D) Both Tesla and BYD electric vehicles struggle with range anxiety and performance issues.

The correct answer is at the bottom of the article.

BYD car logo

Passenger experience

Tesla: Comfort and entertainment galore

Riding in a Tesla is a pleasure, whether I’m in the front seat or the back. The spacious, airy cabins are designed with passenger comfort in mind. High-quality materials, supportive seats, and ample legroom make long journeys comfortable. The panoramic glass roof, available in many Tesla models, adds to the sense of space and offers stunning views.

Tesla’s infotainment system is another highlight. The large touchscreen serves as the hub for entertainment, navigation, and vehicle controls. Passengers can enjoy a variety of entertainment options, from streaming music and videos to playing video games. The premium sound system delivers excellent audio quality, making every ride enjoyable.

BYD: Comfortable but less impressive

BYD electric cars provide a comfortable ride, but they fall short of Tesla’s standards. The interiors are well-built and offer decent comfort, but the materials and finishes are not as premium. While there’s sufficient legroom and headroom, the overall ambiance lacks the luxury feel of a Tesla.

The infotainment systems in BYD cars, though functional, are less sophisticated. The user interface can be sluggish, and the available entertainment options are more limited. Passengers might find the system less engaging, especially compared to Tesla’s rich array of features.

BYD gave Tesla a real challenger for the first time.

Steve Westly

Driving experience

Tesla: Thrills on the road

When driving a Tesla, you can experience speed and smoothness propelling the car forward. Especially performance models such as the Tesla Model S Plaid offer amazing acceleration, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds. This level of performance is unmatched by most electric vehicles on the market, including BYD electric vehicles.

Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features add another layer of excitement and convenience to driving. The Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) is not only advanced, but also intuitive and easy to use. Features such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping, and automatic lane change make long-distance driving easier.

Its minimalist interior design centered around a large touchscreen enhances the driving experience. From navigation to air conditioning controls, everything is easily accessible through an intuitive interface, reducing distractions and allowing drivers to focus on the road.

BYD: Good performance but lacks wow factor

Driving a BYD electric vehicle such as the BYD Tang or BYD Han is a good experience, but lacks the excitement and refinement of a Tesla. Although BYD cars are powerful and have good acceleration, they do not perform at the same level. The driving dynamics do not feel good, and there is a clear difference in handling and responsiveness.

BYD’s driver-assist systems, while functional, aren’t as advanced or complete as Tesla’s. Features like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist work well but lack the precision and reliability offered by Tesla’s Autopilot. The overall driving experience feels more traditional and less innovative, which may disappoint those looking for cutting-edge technology.

Tesla’s products are amazing and very popular in the electric vehicle market, but its current problem is that it only occupies a small share of the market due to its relatively high price, and in the future, after the US cancels the $7,500 tax credit, Tesla’s development will be more difficult.

Bill Gates


Tesla’s focus on high performance, long range, and advanced technology creates a thrilling driving experience unmatched by BYD. This innovation and commitment to excellence make Tesla my preferred choice in electric vehicles.

The correct answer is B, Tesla’s electric cars offer superior performance and range, often leading the market, while BYD focuses more on affordability, compromising on these aspects.


Alaiya Ding

Alaiya Ding is an intern news reporter at Blue Tech Wave specialising in Fintech and Blockchain. She graduated from China Jiliang University College of Modern Science and Technology. Send tips to a.ding@btw.media

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