In a bid to make the i30 Fastback feel sportier than the regular i30 Hatchback
, Hyundai has stiffened up the suspension, but this has had a negative effect on how comfortable it is. Especially in the case of the 1.0-litre petrol model, things never quite settle down, and you’re jiggled up and down more than you’d like. Things do improve with the more powerful 1.4-litre petrol engine, because there’s more weight over the front end to settle the suspension. It performs best on a motorway cruise, soaking up surface undulations pretty well. And, although the Fastback doesn’t lean much in the corners, this isn’t the type of car that entices you to drive enthusiastically.
From an ergonomic standpoint, the layout of the i30 Fastback’s interior works reasonably well. Both front seats are height-adjustable, with the driver’s seat benefitting from electrically-operated lumbar support. The multifunction steering wheel can be set for height and reach, too, though we aren't keen on the dashboard layout because there are way too many buttons.
One of the primary reasons for choosing the i30 Fastback over the regular hatchback will be its larger luggage capacity. It’s not a vast difference but a high lip and relatively narrow opening do limit practicality, though you can fold the seats flat with a 60/40 split if you need to. There’s also some extra storage under the boot floor. Rear passenger space is on par with most of its competitors, but foot space for the middle occupant is restricted. Despite the sloped roof, the back door openings aren’t impinged upon and the doors open to a decent angle, which is useful when strapping little ones into their boosters or child seats.