Hyundai spent large and leveraged the contacts of its former BMW M division executive to the full to produce extensive chassis, suspension, powertrain and steering overhauls for this i30, so it’s no major shock to discover that there must have been little budget left for a performance makeover inside.
The i30 N’s cabin, like that of the regular i30, is constructed out of too many monotone plastics to be particularly inviting or exciting.
The car’s baseline standard on perceived quality is reasonable but there are places where wobbly mouldings and shiny finishes should be improved upon. More conspicuous, though, is the absence of almost anything to lift the ambience above the humdrum.
That problem may have been exacerbated by the optional seats of our test car. The Performance-trim i30 N comes with part-leather electrically adjustable sports seats as standard, but these can be swapped back to the manually adjustable cloth sports seats of the lesser i30 N, should you want to save some weight.
Our test car had the rather plain grey cloth seats, and the difference they make is worth just over 12kg.