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Watch out Chinese electric cars: 2025 Hyundai Inster SUV on track to be Australia's cheapest EV to knock MG4, GWM Ora and BYD Dolphin off their perch

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2025 Hyundai Inster.
2025 Hyundai Inster.

The Hyundai Inster is on track to be the cheapest electric car in Australia.

Hyundai has revealed a $31.5m won ($33,700) starting price for the Inster in Korea, where it is named Casper Electric.

The South Korean brand hasn’t revealed Australian prices yet but a direct conversion would put it at a circa-$33,700 starting point. This would undercut the current cheapest EV cohort that includes the $35,990 drive-away GWM Ora, $38,890 (before on-road costs) BYD Dolphin and the MG4 at $40,990 drive-away.

Hyundai’s chances of keeping the prices down work in our favour thanks to a free-trade agreement between Korea and Australia and a relatively short shipping route.

Previous reports have put the Inster at between €20,000-€25,000 ($32,000-$40,000), so the Inster is on track to land within that range.

Hyundai Australia has confirmed the Inster will land locally in early 2025 and it will be offered in standard and long-range versions.

2025 Hyundai Inster.
2025 Hyundai Inster.

The standard range uses a 42kWh battery to provide a driving range of about 305km. Long-range versions use a 49kWh to deliver a driving range of up to 355km.

The Inster is fitted with 400-volt charging architecture, compared to the more potent 800-volt set-up found in its bigger electric cars such as the Ioniq 5.

This is cheaper but means it can only accept 120kW max rate of charge, compared to the 800V tech that can theoretically suck up to 350kW of juice.

The brand claims it can replenish the battery from 10 to 80 per cent in half an hour.

Both use a single electric motor that makes 71kW in the base versions and 85kW in the bigger battery variant. Both make 147Nm of torque.

2025 Hyundai Inster.
2025 Hyundai Inster.

The Inster is based on the Korean-market-only Casper petrol-powered SUV rather than the company’s modular electric car platform. 

Hyundai has managed to stretch the EV’s wheelbase - the distance between the front and rear wheels - by 180mm compared to the petrol version.

Inside the Inster is more spacious than its tiny footprint would have you believe with plenty of head and legroom in both rows. It only has seating for four, though.

2025 Hyundai Inster.
2025 Hyundai Inster.

Fit and finish is excellent with high-quality materials used throughout and plenty of tech features such as a 10.25-inch multimedia screen and a digital driver display of the same size.

Buyers can also expect a wide selection of safety tech as standard.

Dom Tripolone
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Dom is Sydney born and raised and one of his earliest memories of cars is sitting in the back seat of his dad's BMW coupe that smelled like sawdust. He aspired to be a newspaper journalist from a young age and started his career at the Sydney Morning Herald working in the Drive section before moving over to News Corp to report on all things motoring across the company's newspapers and digital websites. Dom has embraced the digital revolution and joined CarsGuide as News Editor, where he finds joy in searching out the most interesting and fast-paced news stories on the brands you love. In his spare time Dom can be found driving his young son from park to park.
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