The interior layout, fit and finish
It’s safe to say that Hyundai has never been known for class-leading interiors, but the i30 Tourer strikes a good balance between functionality and flair. Touch points such as the steering wheel and door trims are lined with plenty of soft and squidgy materials, while big, easy-to-press buttons adorn the dashboard. In terms of fit and finish, the i30 is more than a match for most cars in this class, even if a Golf ultimately looks and feels a little classier still.
Our high-grade test car was fitted with electric seats and an electric steering wheel, both of which were wide ranging in terms of adjustment for a well-tailored driving position.
In terms of infotainment, S versions come with a Bluetooth and DAB radio, and the system is easy to set up, with USB and auxiliary input sockets located at the base of the centre console for easy reach. Step up to SE and you’re treated to a 5.0in colour touchscreen, which is simple to follow if not particularly visually engaging.
SE Nav models and up then get an 8.0in colour touchscreen and although it's not the most graphically sharp system out there, it is easy to navigate, quick to respond and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - to operate your smartphone via the screen - as standard.