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Hyundai i30 N hatchback - Interior & comfort

Solid build quality, generous equipment and sporty flourishes feature inside the Hyundai i30 N

Carbuyer Rating

4.2 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.5 out of 5

The standard i30 is an excellent if conservatively styled car inside, and the Hyundai i30 N takes these solid principles and embellishes them with a few sporty touches. Sure, you won’t be blown away by its outrageous design, but the dashboard feels well built, the sports seats are very comfortable and there’s plenty of kit as standard.

Hyundai i30 N dashboard

An eight-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard on the i30 N, sitting ‘floating’ in the middle of the dashboard. Some may wish for a retracting screen, but at least there are physical shortcut buttons to pull up the various infotainment features.

There are sporty addenda, too. Flashes of sky-blue plastic – an i30 N theme – appear on the sports gearknob, the upholstery stitching and the steering-wheel-mounted driving-mode buttons. The standard sports seats are impressively supportive without being overly firm and offer plenty of adjustment, making it easy to find the right driving position. Go for the N Performance model and these come clad in leather and with power adjustment.

And while the infotainment system and non-driving-mode steering-wheel buttons aren’t the most intuitive around, after a period of acclimatisation you should be able to get to grips with the feature-rich setup.

Equipment

As a range-topping model, the i30 N gets lots of kit as standard. While it’s fair to say most of your money goes on the handling-enhancing systems described in the previous section, the eight-inch infotainment system comes with sat nav as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring systems.

You also get cruise control, LED headlights, an electronic parking brake, a reversing camera, keyless entry and go and a wireless phone-charging pad. The i30 N also comes with a great deal of safety equipment as standard.

Most buyers opt for the N Performance model, which is why Hyundai has discontinued the standard car. This version has more power, the active, electronically enhanced exhaust, the electronic limited-slip differential, as well as upgraded brakes with ‘N’ branding on the red callipers. It has 19-inch instead of 18-inch wheels and has leather upholstery and electronic adjustment to the seats.

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