Hyundai unwraps its European ‘affordable’ Inster EV

As promised, Hyundai fully unwrapped its latest subcompact EV, the Inster, at the Busan International Mobility Show. It is the European version of what is called Casper Electric in Korea and should become the brand’s best budget-priced EV at around 20 to 25,000 euros.

Hyundai promises “a segment-leading projected range of 355 km (WLTP) on a single charge for the Long-Range model” and the ability to charge at 120 kW DC from 10 to 80% in 30 minutes. It gets an 11 kW onboard charger as standard and Vehicle-to-Load (V2L), while a battery heating system and a heat pump are available.

Roomier cabin

The Inster is based on the gas-powered Hyundai Casper city hatch sold exclusively in South Korea since 2021, but it has a longer body for a roomier cabin – and space for a larger battery pack.

With its 3,825 mm length, 1,610 mm width, 1,575 mm height, and a wheelbase of 2,580 mm, the Inster is an A-segment sub-compact urban EV that leans toward a bigger B-segment compact. That should mean ample space within a boxy, compact design, with 280 liters of trunk space and up to 351 liters with sliding rear seats.

All imaginable ADAS systems

Inside, the driver gets a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster behind the wheel, a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation, and a wireless charging dock that forms part of a compact center console. All seats, including the driver’s seat, can be folded flat for increased flexibility.

The Inster also comes with all imaginable Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) features, including Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop and Go, Highway Driving Assist 1.5 (HDA 1.5), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), High Beam Assist (HBA), and Leading Vehicle Departure Alert.

300 to 355 km of range

The basic model delivers 71.1 kW (97 hp) of max power and gets a 42 kWh battery, offering a range of just over 300 km (WLTP). Energy consumption is 15.3 kWh/100 km, on average, a pretty reasonable figure.

The Long-Range version will be a little beefier, with 84.5 kW (115 hp) for a 10 km higher top speed of 150 km/h and a bigger 49 kWh battery for a range of up to 355 km. This one uses a higher voltage (310 V instead of 266 V).

Hyundai will launch the Inster first in Korea this summer, followed by Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific later. A more ‘rugged, outdoor-focused’ version will follow later, called the Inster Cross.

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