The Hyundai i30’s cabin is minimalist to the point of being a touch dull, but at least everything’s easy to use and there’s plenty of room for tall passengers
The Hyundai i30’s cabin certainly won’t blow you away with stylish touches but it looks smart enough and all the important controls are within easy reach. The plastics on the upper dashboard feel quite squidgy but there’s a large piece of hard, brittle trim on the dashboard that really lets the side down.
SE trades the S model’s drab black components for some glossy plastics, chrome door handles and and a few small leather trims while range-topping Premium SE versions get heated partial-leather seats as standard. They’re much plusher than the standard fabric items but both a VW Golf and Vauxhall Astra feel more expensive inside.
Entry-level Hyundai i30 S models do without any form of touchscreen infotainment system while SE versions get a fairly low-rent 5.0-inch screen. Pick a mid-range SE Nav model or above and you’ll get a much sharper, more responsive 8.0-inch system with a set of physical shortcut buttons to make it easy to use on the move.
The sportiest Hyundai i30 N Line cars come with a few extra upmarket touches – including N badges on the steering wheel, some more supportive sports seats in the front and (in versions with an automatic gearbox) a pair of metal gear-shift paddles.
The i30’s cabin has a decent infotainment system, but on the whole the cabin favours practicality over style
Entry-level Hyundai i30 S models don’t get any form of infotainment system but mid-range SE versions come with a 5.0-inch touchscreen unit mounted above the dashboard. The screen’s reasonably sharp but its large plastic frame looks rather cheap and you can’t get it with satellite navigation or smartphone mirroring.
If you’re looking for swish high-tech features, your best bet is an SE Nav model. They come with a sharper 8.0-inch display and satellite navigation as standard. The screen sits in a similar plastic bezel to the smaller 5.0-inch system but you get a number of large, easy-to-reach shortcut buttons to help you jump between key features on the move.
The menus are fairly logical too, and it doesn’t take long to enter a destination or add a waypoint using the standard sat-nav system. The screen’s nice and responsive, but you can’t pinch to zoom in and out on the map – you have to use the buttons on the steering wheel instead.
In SE Nav models and above you can use your smartphone’s navigation and music streaming apps through the i30’s built-in display using Android Auto and Apple CarPlay mirroring systems.
Unfortunately, you can’t upgrade the Hyundai i30’s standard six-speaker stereo to any big-name brand item but it’s still just about loud and bassy enough for most tunes.