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The Top Gear car review:Hyundai i30
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
Hyundai is good at ergonomics, and the dashboard of the i30 is laid out with the rationality that permeates through the whole car. Ergo, it’s also slightly plain. Some of the materials sit a few rungs below what’s on offer at VW, but it feels well screwed together and it’s a very comfortable place to sit. While the engines are almost inaudible at a 70mph cruise, there’s a bit of wind and road noise, but it’s among the best cars in class for keeping such hubbub at bay.
The posher touchscreen option works pretty well, and is Hyundai’s best infotainment offering yet. There’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto link ups available, and you can wirelessly charge your phone, too. Hyundai says digitisation is disrupting the car industry, and the i30 is one of its first steps in making sure it keeps ahead of the game.
Spend bigger money on nicer spec levels and you can have lots of grown up stuff inside: heated and cooled seats, a ten-way adjustable electric driver’s seat, and your pick of three interior colours. When it comes to feeling like a premium product, though, the i30 is not as successful as the Golf (sorry to keep mentioning it, but it’s ubiquitous for a reason).
The i30 N adds lots of really good stuff: hugging sports seats, dashes of leather and suede, sport buttons and a new, more tactile manual gear knob. It gets shift lights to let you know when you’re approaching the rev limiter and lots of sport displays on the infotainment system. Yep, it’s a Hyundai with a G-meter.