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Hyundai i30 Fastback review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

Some compromises made in the name of style but an impressive amount of space is still on offer

The i30 Fastback is capable of carrying four adults comfortably, with the possibility of squeezing a fifth adult in the rear centre seat for short journeys. The driving position is good, with a broad range of adjustment for the seat and the wheel, while the infotainment and climate controls are well placed for easy access. All-round visibility is good, and although the rear view is reduced fractionally compared to the hatchback it’s not enough to significantly impact rearward visibility.

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In terms of storage throughout the cabin, the i30 Fastback shows plenty of thought has been given to making the most of the available space. Each of the door bins is generous in size and depth, while the centre console cubby can swallow a decent amount of items. A ski hatch is fitted to all versions, too.

Size

The i30 Fastback sits around the middle in terms of its relative size compared to its key rivals. It is 130mm shorter and 25mm lower than the Mazda 3 Fastback but shares its width, while it is considerably longer than the hatchback Ford Focus, as well as lower and narrower. The Kia Proceed, which is related to the i30 Fastback, is longer, wider and lower. In terms of boot space, the Hyundai is competitive, offering more space with the seats up than all bar the Kia Proceed.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

The change in the roofline of the Fastback compared to the hatchback i30 inevitably means something of a compromise in terms of space, although what is lost in respect of room for occupants is partially regained when it comes to the luggage area. Front seat passengers enjoy competitive head and leg room, and in the rear legroom is on a par with the hatchback. Where the Fastback loses out is rear headroom, with the sloping roof robbing occupants of some space. Anyone of six feet in height will find the headlining encroaching on them.

Boot

Going some way to compensate is the increase in boot space, with the Fastback offering 450 litres, in comparison to the 395 litres available in the hatchback. That is still less than the i30 Estate however.

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