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 S models do without any form of touchscreen infotainment system while SE versions get a fairly low-rent five-inch screen. Pick a mid-range SE Nav model or above and you’ll get a much sharper, more responsive eight-inch system with a set of physical shortcut buttons to make it easy to use on the move.
The i30’s cabin has a decent infotainment system, but on the whole the cabin favours practicality over style
Entry-level S models don’t get any form of infotainment system but mid-range SE versions come with a five-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 eight-inch display and satellite navigation as standard. The screen sits in a similar plastic bezel as the smaller five-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 if you want to pinch to zoom or swipe to preview your route.
Unfortunately you can’t upgrade the standard i30’s six-speaker stereo to any big-name brand item but it’s still just about loud and bassy enough for most tunes.