Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Dashboard identical to the i30 hatch
  • Nicely laid out with logical controls
  • Unexciting design, but well built

The Hyundai i30 Fastback's cabin is identical to the hatcbhack's, meaning there’s quite a bit of black and grey plastic throughout. But it's a nice design with a layout that makes everything very easy to use. The dials are clear and simple, the driving position is spot on and the infotainment set-up is very easy to use. The screen is large at 8.0 inches in size, with shortcut buttons either side, while the heating controls are also simple and very easy to operate.

On N-Line models, seats from the Fastback N are present, which really boosts comfort and makes it feel a little more expensive inside due to the Alcantara material. On Premium SE models, leather upholstery has the same effect, in a choice of two colours to brighten things up.

Visibility is also good – as long as you’re looking forwards. Rearward visibility is a lot more restricted due to that sloping roof, but sensors and a camera are available to help here.

  • Good comfort levels across the Fastback range
  • Larger wheels can harm the ride slightly
  • Refinement is good at most speeds

While extremely similar to the hatchback in terms of comfort, the i30 Fastback can be a little more sensitive to alloy wheel size. Anything up to 17-inches is fine, but the 18s on top-spec cars can make for a choppier ride than we’d prefer – especially over sharper bumps. However it’s still not as harsh as some of its rivals – and is a consequence of having a higher-spec model.

It’s not all doom and gloom. The seats on all Fastback models are high quality, while the front seats are especially impressive, with good lateral support and a wide range of adjustability – even on SE Nav models. That means it doesn’t take much time at all to find a comfy driving position, with the added benefit of a steering wheel with a wide range of adjustment.

Move up to N-Line models and extra adjustability with extendable thigh supports become available, while electric adjustment on these and Premium SE cars mean you can tweak the seat’s position to within an inch of its life (almost).