You won’t have much trouble getting comfy in the i30’s front seats. All models get a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and electric lumbar adjustment to help prevent back ache on long drives is standard on all but entry-level S models.
SE versions come with a height-adjustable passenger seat as standard too, and you get heated front seats in Premium and Premium SE trims.
Jump in the back seats and you’ll find the i30 is reasonably roomy. There’s just as much knee room and headroom as in a Vauxhall Astra. Unfortunately, the large rails for the front seats mean there isn’t masses of space for your feet.
Carrying three adults abreast is a little tighter than in a VW Golf thanks to the small (and rather hard) central seat and slight lump in the floor but the cabin’s easily wide enough for three kids to stretch out. Its large rear windows should help stop your younger passengers from feeling carsick on long journeys, too.
There’s just enough space to fit a large rear-facing child seat using the clearly marked Isofix anchor points. Thankfully these come with handy folding covers instead of annoying (and easy-to-lose) plastic caps.
The i30’s interior has loads of dedicated cubby spaces for squirreling away various family bits and bobs. The door bins are big enough to hold a large and small bottle each and the glovebox is pretty massive. Under the central armrest there’s another storage bin (large enough for another small bottle) and you get a small storage tray under the dashboard for your smartphone – right next to a USB port and 12V socket.
All models come with a folding rear armrest with a set of cupholders as standard and the rear door bins are very nearly as spacious as those in the front.
The i30’s 395-litre boot is bigger than the 316-litre Focus, 370-litre Astra, and 380-litre Golf and has easily enough space for a bulky baby buggy and some soft bags. The boot opening is nice and square but there’s a slight boot lip which can make loading heavy or bulky items a bit of a pain.
More useful is the adjustable boot floor you get as standard on all i30 models. Lift it into its raised position and you get just enough space underneath to hide some valuables safely out of sight. Annoyingly, there isn’t quite enough room to store the parcel shelf under the floor.
You get a number of tether points and shopping hooks to stop your luggage rolling around in the boot and SE models and above come with a small ski hatch between the back seats (so you can carry some long luggage and two passengers in the back at once). The back seats fold in a two-way (60:40) split in case you need to carry just one back-seat passenger and some very bulky items, too.
With both back seats flipped down you’ll have access to a roomy 1,301-litre load bay that’s bigger than what you’ll find in an Astra, Focus or Golf and large enough to carry a bike with one wheel removed. The boot floor’s almost completely flat too, so it’s easy to slide heavy boxes right up behind the front seats.