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Hyundai i30 Tourer estate (2012-2017) - Interior & comfort

Lots of passenger space and excellent driver comfort

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The Hyundai i30 Tourer is an inexpensive car, and as such the materials used to furnish the interior are less luxurious than those in more expensive models

Hyundai has hugely improved the interiors of its cars compared to previous iterations, but there are still some slight design flaws and the car lacks the ‘premium’ feel of the more upmarket Volkswagen Golf estate.

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The i30 Tourer is a comfortable car, however. Every seat provides excellent support, especially the driver’s seat, which is highly adjustable. The steering wheel is also very flexible, meaning that drivers of all sizes can make themselves comfortable.

Hyundai i30 dashboard

There’s plenty of soft-touch plastic in the Hyundai i30, which goes a long way to disguise the low cost of this estate car. Interesting lighting makes the car seem more classy than its price tag would suggest, but there are large amounts of hard plastic lower down in the cabin and the Hyundai can’t quite match the Ford Focus estate when it comes to interior feel.

Equipment

Every i30 Tourer trim level comes with a multifunction steering wheel, which has an assortment of buttons and controls that let you to keep your eyes on the road. Voice recognition allows you to control a Bluetooth-connected mobile phone, which can also be used to stream music to the stereo.

And that stereo is pretty good. Basic models get a four-speaker sound system, with higher-end versions benefiting from a six-speaker package that fills the car with sound. USB and auxiliary input ports allow you to connect almost any MP3 player to the car.

Models from Style Nav and above come with a built-in touchscreen sat-nav with traffic jam updates, while Premium models come with a keyless entry system more commonly found on much more expensive cars. Walk up to the car and, provided your key is on your person, you can unlock it just by touching the door handle and then start it at the press of a button.

Options

Those premium features are only available on Premium cars – there’s currently no way to get keyless entry on cheaper i30 Tourers. But you can specify a panoramic sunroof or metallic paint from the factory and choose from a range of dealer-fit accessories.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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