The i30N follows the usual i30 format inside, but sadly with little in the way of sporty visual fanfare. So while the sports seats are bespoke (and trimmed in suede and leather on the Performance version) it all looks rather less jazzy than the Honda Civic Type R’s interior. And even though the i30N feels just as well made as that car, it's no match for the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which stands alone as the plushest-feeling hot hatch in this price range.
The driving position is terrific – something you can’t say about the Renault Megane RS's lofty driver's perch. The sports seats grip you securely around the midriff and shoulders and are electrically operated on the Performance model, with lumbar support among the list of adjustment possible. Together with well-positioned pedals and plenty of height and reach adjustment for the steering wheel, you feel right at home.
All the buttons and switches are easy to reach, including the standard 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system that sits high up on the dashboard. It's much simpler to use than the Civic Type R’s confusing infotainment system, with snappier menus that are easier to get your head around. The i30N also offers plenty of infotainment gadgety; sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are all standard, as well as online connectivity for live traffic, weather and speed camera reports .
There are some specific additions to the N models that will appeal to the PlayStation generation; should you wish, you can keep tabs on the engine’s power and torque output. And, if you venture onto a track, you can even choose to be informed how much g-force you’re pulling through corners and how quickly you're lapping the circuit.