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.
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.
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.
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.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe i30 Fastback adds some coupe style to the Hyundai compact hatchback formula
- 2Engines, performance and driveLimited engine range offers acceptable performance with good economy; rapid i30 Fastback N is highly impressive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsStandard engine options keep emissions and fuel consumption in check, while i30 N is acceptable given the performance
- 4Interior, design and technologySmart and attractive design inside, but the exterior may not have universal appeal
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingSome compromises made in the name of style but an impressive amount of space is still on offer
- 6Reliability and SafetyHyundai’s reliability record continues to improve suggesting the i30 Fastback will perform well