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Hyundai INSTER

Hyundai INSTER EV will have 220-mile range

The Hyundai INSTER is a new sub-compact urban EV expected to have a 220-mile electric driving range.

Based on the design of the Korea-only, petrol-powered CASPER introduced in 2021, but with a slightly larger size, the INSTER will launch this summer.

With a more spacious interior and improved luggage capacity, Hyundai says that the INSTER, which measures 3,825mm in length, is positioned between traditional A-segment sub-compact city cars and larger B-segment compact models.

Equipped with a 42 kWh battery as standard, the INSTER is also available with a Long-Range 49 kWh battery as an option. Both models are powered by a single motor that delivers 71.1 kW (97 PS) in the base variant and 84.5 kW (115 PS) in the Long-Range car, and both versions offer 147 Nm of torque.

The INSTER has a segment-leading projected range of 220 miles on a single charge for the Long-Range model, an estimated energy consumption of 15.3 kWh/100 km, and a maximum rapid DC charging rate of 120 kW, when a 10% to 80% charge should be possible in around 30 minutes. The standard model is due to have a range of at least 186 miles.

The INSTER also comes equipped with an 11 kW on-board charger as standard, while a battery heating system and high-efficiency heat pump are also available.

External and internal Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) functionality provides power for external devices (110V/220V), allowing bi-directional charging without requiring additional equipment. This enables customers to use or charge devices such as electric bicycles, scooters and camping equipment.

The INSTER has front row seating providing walk-through access, and all seats can be folded flat – including the driver’s seat – for increased flexibility. A front bench seat option and heated front seats and steering wheel are also available. The second-row seats are split 50/50 and slide and recline. The 280-litre boot can be increased to 351 litres thanks to sliding rear seats.

The INSTER’s interior features a 10.25-inch digital cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation. It will be available with 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, 15-inch alloys, or 17-inch alloy wheels.

The INSTER will launch first in Korea this summer, followed by Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific in due course.

An additional variant, called INSTER CROSS, will join the INSTER family in the future, featuring a more rugged, outdoor-focused design.