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Hyundai i30 interior

The Hyundai i30 is spacious and robust inside, but it’s rather dull to look at

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The interior of the Hyundai i30 has long been practical and robust, but rather lacking in excitement. That’s very much the case with the latest car, despite a few introductions to spice it up.

A 10-inch infotainment screen has been introduced on all but entry-level versions of the Hyundai (a bit more on that later), with a part-digital instrument display introduced as well. The latter has a new screen to flick through information like economy, speed, and miles for your trips but keeps analogue dials for the revs and fuel level. As good and functional as it is, it’s a little odd that Hyundai didn’t bother to make the whole thing digital.

Materials throughout the cabin are practically identical to the old Hyundai i30, save for an option to have some panels grey rather than black. It’s not necessarily a bad thing as build quality is good and there are plenty of soft materials, but it feels far from special and you don’t have to look too hard for scratchy plastic surfaces.

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Infotainment

All versions of the Hyundai i30, barring the entry-level model, feature a 10-inch infotainment screen. It’s placed a little oddly in the cabin, seemingly just slapped on top of the dash in a last-minute rush for the designers before lunch, but this does mean you don’t have to look down and away from the road to use it.

The screen itself is bright and the system easy to use, though you’re better off simply using your smartphone for the included Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems. Annoyingly, though, the former of those doesn’t stretch the length of the screen and leaves an ungainly static logo on at all times.

Entry-level cars get an outdated 8-inch system, but fortunately, it also includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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