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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The i30 has a comfortable and highly adjustable driving position. The steering wheel can be adapted for height and reach, while the seat – which is also very supportive – has height adjustment as standard. The interior layout is simple but effective. The central bank of switches that control the stereo and ventilation systems are easy to use on the move and simple to get to grips with – there are no fiddly buttons and the dials are clear and easy to read.

The only criticism is that the blue LCD display can be difficult to read in strong sunlight. All-round visibility is good, however the rear pillars can restrict visibility when reversing. The stereo can play MP3 CDs and has iPod connectivity while steering wheel-mounted stereo controls are also standard.

Although there are a trio of three-point seatbelts in the back, the rear isn’t suitable for three adults – it’s just not wide enough. Despite the swooping roofline, headroom is quite generous, however leg and knee room are only average which means it can become uncomfortable for adults on longer journeys. Overall the i30 is quiet on the move with little wind or engine noise, although the 1.6 CRDi engine is a little noisy especially when you first start it.