Hyundai Inster (2025): the competition has cause for concern

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We were talking to you, two weeks ago, of this little Hyundai Inster which was to arrive in Europe. It's done. The model, which looks like a mini SUV, is 100% electric, has a friendly style and offers very decent autonomy and engines to compete with the Dacia Spring and Citroën ë-C3.

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Aesthetically, the Inster takes up the style of the South Korean Casper, with redesigned front and rear bumpers, 15 or 17-inch rims and pixel graphics on the front and rear lights (a gimmick of Hyundai electrics).

Above all, the Inster is much longer and stretches over 3.83 meters (+23 cm), for 1.61 meters wide and 1.56 meters high. It owes this to its wheelbase, huge for the category, of 2.58 meters.

This frees up unexpected and particularly well thought-out interior space. Rear passengers will not have to complain about the available legroom, nor the headroom. But if you instead need space in the trunk and no passenger in the second row, you can slide the bench seat by 16 cm and increase the trunk volume from 280 to 351 liters.

Advanced bench seat

Bench seat pushed back

If needed, absolutely all seats can be folded down to form an almost flat floor. All of them, yes, even the driver's seat.

At the front, the dashboard displays two 10.25-inch screens, one touchscreen for infotainment and the second, behind the steering wheel, which serves as an instrument cluster. We can also note, not without pleasure, the presence of physical air conditioning controls (standard auto), which is always beneficial in terms of ergonomics and safety.

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The highest trim level offers surprising equipment at such a level of range, with heated seats and steering wheel, sunroof, wireless charger, ambient lighting and plethora of ADAS: anti-collision system with detection blind spots, rear traffic detection system with braking function, adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go function, active motorway driving assistance, etc. There is even a 360° camera to help you park this tiny vehicle.

Engines and autonomy

The Hyundai Inster will be available with Standard and Long Range engines. The former delivers 97 hp and 147 Nm thanks to a 42 kWh battery, allowing it to travel more than 300 km on a single charge.

The second has a 115 hp engine and a 49 kWh battery, allowing it to travel a comfortable distance of 355 km. It is advantageously positioned compared to the Dacia Spring (65 hp and 230 km WLTP) and the Citroën e-C3 (113 hp and 320 km).

On the charging side, the Inster can go from 10 to 80 percent in just 30 minutes via its 120 kW DC charger. For the AC charger, which delivers 11 kW, charging lasts between 4 hours and 4 hours 35 minutes depending on the size of the battery. Additionally, the V2L feature allows for two-way charging of other devices like e-bikes and camping gear.

As for the prices, the mystery reigns. But given the equipment or even the battery sizes, it seems very unlikely to us that the entry-level model will be offered at less than €20,000.

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