The driver’s seat of the i30 is a good place to sit. The driving position is sound, with well-placed pedals and seats that are comfortable and supportive. Electric lumbar adjustment is standard on all but entry-level S models.
The i30’s dashboard is refreshingly simple, too; every button is big enough to hit at a glance, and all the controls are clearly marked. Most of them are also positioned high up for added ease of use.
All models come with good steering wheel and seat adjustment, including seat-height adjustment. Electric seat movement is available as standard on higher trims and is similarly wide ranging.
Hyundai i30 visibility
The i30’s small rear screen and relatively thick rear pillars mean seeing out on the shoulder isn’t particularly easy. The forward view is much better, making it easy to judge roundabouts and T-junctions.
Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors are standard on all models, as are automatic headlights and wipers. Rear parking sensors and a camera are standard on all but the cheapest version, while the top two trims also have front sensors.
A heated windscreen is standard on the top two trims, as are LED headlights with a smart high beam function that automatically dips the beam when traffic is approaching.
Hyundai i30 infotainment
The i30’s infotainment system is simple to use and fuss-free. It might not be as sophisticated as the systems you get in the latest VW Group models, but there’s something to be said for the i30’s clearly labelled switches and big, bold information display.
S versions come with a Bluetooth and DAB radio, and the system is easy to set up, and USB and auxiliary input sockets that are mounted at the base of the centre console, within easy reach. SE models then come with 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 which is much nicer to look at, just as easy to use and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The secondary steering wheel-mounted controls for various functions are straightforward.
Hyundai i30 build quality
The cabin is attractively styled and uses good-quality materials throughout. Entry-level models miss out on some of the flashier trim that’s standard higher up the range, but there’s no sign of penny-pinching in the cabin.
Admittedly, there are few sumptuous materials, but the i30 is a match for most cars in this class in terms of fit and finish.