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Hyundai i30 review

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Hyundai i30
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23 Jan 2017 00:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:22

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Hyundai i30 hatchback driving position

The driver’s seat of the i30 is a pleasant place to sit. The seat itself is comfortable and the pedals are well-positioned, while electrically adjustable lumbar support is standard on all but entry-level S trim. Fully electric seat adjustment is standard on Premium trim and above.

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.

Hyundai i30 hatchback visibility

The i30’s small rear screen and relatively thick rear pillars mean over-the-shoulder visibility isn’t particularly impressive. The view out of the front 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 reversing camera are standard on all but the cheapest trim, while the top two trims (Premium and Premium SE) also have front parking sensors.

A heated windscreen is also 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.

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Hyundai i30 hatchback infotainment

Go for entry-level S trim and you'll get a decidedly basic infotainment system, although Bluetooth, a DAB radio and a USB socket for charging your phone are at least included as standard.

SE models come with a 5.0in colour touchscreen, which is simple to use but not particularly visually engaging. That's why we'd recommend paying a bit extra for SE Nav trim; you'll get an 8.0in colour touchscreen which is much nicer to look at, even easier to use and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard. You also get a built-in sat-nav.

The same 8.0in touchscreen is also what you get if you opt for range-topping Premium or Premium SE trim.

Hyundai i30 hatchback build quality

The i30's interior is conservatively styled but built with 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.

True, the i30 isn't as classy inside as an Audi A3 (or even a Skoda Octavia for that matter), but it's more upmarket than a Vauxhall Astra or a Fiat Tipo.

 

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There are 13 trims available for the i30 hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
S
Entry-level S models come with 15in alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a DAB radio, USB connection, Bluetooth, a multi-function steering wheel, automatic emergency braking, lane departure co...View trim
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SE
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SE Nav
SE Nav adds an integrated sat-nav and takes the screen size to 8.0in, as well as bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We don’t see the need to spend any more money than this...View trim
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Go SE
This limited-edition trim is based on SE Nav, but adds bigger alloys, dual-zone climate control and some bespoke styling upgrades. Not a bad deal given the relatively small price premium...View trim
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SE Nav
SE Nav adds an integrated sat-nav and takes the screen size to 8.0in, as well as bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We don’t see the need to spend any more money than this...View trim
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N Line
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Premium
Premium trim brings 17in alloy wheels, climate control, an electronic parking brake, electric seats in artificial leather, heated front seats and front and rear parking sensors, as well as addition...View trim
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Premium
Premium trim brings 17in alloy wheels, climate control, an electronic parking brake, electric seats in artificial leather, heated front seats and front and rear parking sensors, as well as addition...View trim
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Premium SE
Range-topping Premium SE trim rounds things off with a panoramic sunroof, real leather seats and a heated steering wheel. We’d stick to the cheaper SE Nav trim...View trim
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Premium SE
Range-topping Premium SE trim rounds things off with a panoramic sunroof, real leather seats and a heated steering wheel. We’d stick to the cheaper SE Nav trim...View trim
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N
Even the entry-level i30N hot hatch offers more toys than its rivals, including 18in alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, LED headlights, sports seats, red brake calipers, automatic lights and wipers, p...View trim
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N Performance
Move up to the Performance model and, as well as the limited-slip differential, 19in wheels, sticky tyres and sports exhaust that make the Performance model go quicker and sound better, you add lux...View trim
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