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Hyundai i30 Tourer
The Top Gear car review:Hyundai i30 Tourer
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
Hyundai is really good at seat and pedal positions, and it’s really easy to get comfortable in the i30. Visibility is great, too, despite that swooping new window line. It’s aided by all manner of beeps and bongs that keep an eye on your blind spots and help you park. You might be pleased to know they’re all a doddle to turn off, too, via physical buttons beside the steering wheel rather than confusing sub menus.
The same is true for the air con temperature and heated seat controls, functions too many of the i30’s rivals tuck away on touchscreens. This is the sort of stuff you should be able to fiddle with on the move without having to look away from the windscreen, something Hyundai really seems to get.
Functions that are on the touchscreen – a free-standing item like those pioneered by Mercedes – are all a doddle too, the sat nav particularly easy to programme. There’s only one USB port, though, which seems remiss if you have two phones to charge or a separate music device do plug in.
The materials are harder than those in VW group rivals, but does it matter too much? This is a functional car and everything feels properly screwed together. Which helps contribute to a very quiet motorway cruise that embarrasses some cars a size larger than the i30. This is an easy car to cover long distances in.