All-New Hyundai INSTER Unveiled: Everything You Need to Know About This Chinese EV Competitor

Matt Brand
June 27, 2024
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Hyundai Motor Company has introduced the all-electric INSTER, a new A-segment sub-compact EV, at the 2024 Busan International Mobility Show.

This model targets a driving range of up to 355 km according to WLTP and includes a variety of technology and safety features.

The INSTER features a compact design aimed at urban environments, providing a spacious interior despite its small size.

The design is based on the earlier CASPER model, with an extended body and wheelbase for more interior space. Measuring 3,825 mm in length, 1,610 mm in width, and 1,575 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,580 mm, its dimensions are intended to enhance city driving, offering practicality and flexibility.

Exterior features include strong fenders, a high-tech bumper, and a skid plate. LED daytime running lights, pixel-graphic turn signals, and tail lamps are standard.

Options include LED projection headlamps and two-tone exterior paint with a contrasting black roof.

The INSTER is available with 15-inch steel wheels, 15-inch alloy wheels, or 17-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the INSTER comes equipped with a 10.25-inch digital cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation.

The interior also includes a wireless charging dock and customisable door trim.

The front row provides walk-through access, and all seats can be folded flat for added flexibility.

The second-row seats are split 50/50 and can slide and recline. Interior materials include recycled PET from bottles and bio-polypropylene from sugarcane.

Headroom measures 1,028 mm in the front (987 mm with sunroof) and 982 mm in the rear, while legroom is 1,050 mm in the front and 862 mm in the rear.

Luggage space is 280 litres, expandable to 351 litres with sliding rear seats.

The INSTER is equipped with a 42 kWh battery as standard and offers a Long-Range 49 kWh battery as an option.

The base model motor delivers 71.1 kW (97 PS) and the Long-Range variant provides 84.5 kW (115 PS), both offering 147 Nm of torque.

The Long-Range model has a projected range of 355 km on a single charge (WLTP). Using a 120 kW DC high-power charging station, the INSTER can charge from 10 to 80 percent in about 30 minutes.

It includes an 11 kW on-board charger, a battery heating system, and a high-efficiency heat pump. The INSTER also supports Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) functionality for bi-directional charging of external devices.

The INSTER offers various safety and driver assistance features, including a Surround View Monitor, Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist Rear, Blind-spot View Monitor, and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist 1.5.

Additional features include Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Safety Exit Warning, Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Highway Driving Assist 1.5, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist, Leading Vehicle Departure Alert, and Rear Occupant Alert.

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

An additional variant, the INSTER CROSS, with a more rugged design, will join the lineup in the future. Further details will be announced later.

Exterior colour options include Atlas White, Tomboy Khaki, Bijarim Khaki Matte, Unbleached Ivory, Sienna Orange Metallic, Aero Silver Matte, Dusk Blue Matte, Abyss Black Pearl, and Buttercream Yellow Pearl, with some colours available in two-tone with a contrasting black roof.

Interior colour choices are Black, and Khaki Brown and Newtro Beige two-tone with full cloth trim.

The Inster will be coming to Australia with both battery options, and will landing in Australia in Q1 2025.

Matt Brand
Matt Brand, the esteemed car critic from Car Sauce, offers unparalleled expertise on all things automotive. From new car releases to pre-owned options, he provides in-depth analysis and honest evaluations to guide readers through the car-buying process. Join us as he delves into the exciting world of motoring.

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