Some of us have a soft spot for the Suzuki Jimny. Possibly also for the even smaller Opel Rocks-e. But we also have a weakness for the Hyundai Casper. With a length of only 3.6 meters, the small SUV makes the European Bayon or the Kona look huge in comparison. And in South Korea there is now a new version of the tiny car aimed at small businesses with shops in the city.
The trunk of the Casper Van can be expanded to 940 liters by removing the rear seats. As with real vans, there is a divider separating the seats from the cargo area. Additional metal grilles protect the windows and the rear window.
It is powered by a three-cylinder naturally aspirated engine with a displacement of 1.0 liters and a whopping 75 hp and 95 Nm of torque. If you want to transport heavier loads, you are better off with the more powerful 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo engine with 99 hp and 172 Nm. Regardless of engine choice, power is sent to the front wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission.
With a starting price of around 10,000 euros, the Casper Van is a pretty cheap Hyundai. And for that money you get a tiny utility vehicle that rides on glorious 15-inch steel wheels and is equipped with six airbags and heated and power-folding mirrors. Hyundai also offers manual driver seat adjustment, rear parking sensors and a vintage foot-operated parking brake.
Despite being a cheap car, the Casper Van comes with a variety of safety features ranging from lane departure warning to a driver assistance system. There is even cruise control. Not to mention a collision warning system and a high-beam assistant. LED daytime running lights come as standard, as does an adjustable steering wheel and a range of USB ports.
The catch: the Hyundai Casper Van is on sale in South Korea today, but we don’t have to get our hopes up in Europe.