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Hyundai i30 hatchback - Interior & comfort

Interior quality is a Hyundai i30 strong suit, as is standard equipment – although we do have one slight gripe

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The democratisation of high-quality car interiors means even relatively affordable hatchbacks like the Hyundai i30 come with plenty of soft-touch plastics and pleasing finishes these days – and it’s a great improvement on the outgoing model. The i30 isn’t as plush inside as a Volkswagen Golf, but it has very comfortable seats, a well built dashboard and the overall design is resolutely modern – if a little conservative.

Hyundai i30 dashboard

Sitting in pride of place in higher-spec i30s is an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Hyundai says this screen ‘floats’, but to our eyes it perches, sitting immovably above the central air vents.

While almost all the materials inside the i30 are of a high quality, our eyes (and hands) were constantly drawn to the horizontal trim piece running across the middle of the dashboard. It looks nice enough, but feels unpleasantly cheap and scratchy. This is a shame, as it’s in a prominent position and undermines the better materials found inside the i30.

Equipment

There are seven trim levels available with the i30: S, SE, SE Nav, Premium, Premium SE, N-Line and N-Line+. Entry-level S cars come with all-round electric windows, LED running lights, a multifunction steering wheel, 15-inch alloy wheels and Bluetooth connectivity. This is a reasonable amount of kit for an entry-level grade.

Step up to SE trim costs roughly £1,700 and nets you 16-inch alloys, a five-inch infotainment screen, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and front foglights. We advise finding an extra £1,000 or so and going for SE Nav trim if possible, as this brings the larger eight-inch infotainment screen complete with sat nav and the latest smartphone integration, as well as voice recognition and wireless phone charging; SE Nav is also the point at which the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine becomes available.

Premium trim includes dual-zone climate control, part-synthetic leather/part-cloth seats (which are heated for front occupants), tinted windows and an electronic parking brake. LED lights become standard, as does a colour 4.2-inch instrument display, front and rear parking assist and advanced safety systems. Premium SE, meanwhile, brings a panoramic sunroof, leather seats and a heated steering wheel. In truth, Premium and Premium SE are too expensive to easily recommend, as you’ll need roughly £22-25,000 if you want your i30 in these trims.

The N-Line is intended as a less expensive way of getting the sporty looks of the i30 N version of the i30 without the running costs. You get sportier bumpers, twin exhausts, 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as upgraded brakes and suspension. The N-Line+ version is an extra £2,000 and includes full LED headlights, electric seat adjustment and heated steering wheel as standard.

Options

As with most Hyundai’s, the list of options is short, with the manufacturer instead preferring you to choose the trim level that best suits. Customers who choose SE Nav trim can spend an extra £1,000 on the Visibility Pack and this brings LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels and dual-zone climate control.

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