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Hyundai i30 review - Interior, design and technology

Despite a few quality issues inside, the i30 feels well built and nicely designed. The clear infotainment screen is a boon, too

The Hyundai i30 has been designed, developed and tested in Europe, specifically for European buyers. While that clearly affects the way the car handles on broken and uneven UK roads, it also has a bearing on how owners interact with the simple and well laid-out interior. 

Entry-level cars get a small dashboard-mounted screen, while SE Nav models and above get an eight-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, DAB, sat-nav and wireless phone charging. The car feels solidly put together, though some scratchy plastics do let down what is an otherwise considered interior design.

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On the outside, this new i30 represents the brand’s new design language with a fresh cascading grille and bold LED headlights. It’s not as arresting as a Renault Megane, or even as striking as the ageing SEAT Leon, but it’s easily a match for nondescript rivals like the Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus. Neat LED tail-lights give the car a distinctive signature at night. 

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment 

There are plenty of tech options available on Hyundai’s latest i30, including all the latest connectivity boons. Lots of safety kit is included as standard, while things like Rear Cross Traffic Alert is available as an option. 

Go for SE Nav trim and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, giving a good level of smartphone connectivity. Sat-nav is also included as part of the upgraded eight-inch touchscreen system, although lesser models get a smaller 5.0-inch unit with no nav and less comprehensive smartphone integration.

The touchscreen system is clear and quick to respond, despite dated-looking graphics, while the live services, such as traffic, weather and speed camera alerts, make life on the road easier. A seven-year free subscription to Hyundai’s Live Services comes as standard, while wireless phone charging is also included on SE Nav.

We found it easy to pair our phone and use the connectivity apps available, while the decent screen also means the reversing camera gives a nicely detailed image, which makes manoeuvring easier. Hot keys mounted at the sides of the screen also make it relatively simple to jump to certain areas of the system.

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