Stepping past the least costly i30, the Active, and spending more for an Active X brings you aluminium alloy wheels, partial leather seats, and a nicer-feeling steering wheel. Mirrors fold electrically , to keep them out of the way if you park in a tight space.
Spend more again for an i30 SR and you get a subtly different car. To begin, there is the bigger and more powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine. The wheels are an inch bigger also, at 17 inches, and they are fitted with wider, lower profile tyres, which sharpen steering response and add grip. Firmer suspension delivers more precise cornering.
The SR also has dual-zone air-conditioning, which permits the driver and front passenger to set different temperatures. Headlamps switch on automatically when it is dark, windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains, and paddle-shifters on the steering wheel give you convenient control of the gearbox in auto versions. The seat covering remains part-leather (since July 2017), and a smart key can be left safely in your pocket or bag while you unlock and start the car.
The most expensive i30s are the Premium and SR Premium, the former fitted only with the diesel engine and auto transmission, while the latter has the 2.0-litre petrol and a choice of transmissions. Both have partial leather seats, with the front seats ventilated and heated and the driver’s seat power adjustable. Both have satellite navigation and a CD player (but neither has Apple CarPlay). There is a glass sunroof, and the auto-on headlamps are extremely bright, self-levelling HID units.