What’s the Interior like in the 2023 Hyundai i30N Drive-N?
The interior is exactly the same as the i30N.
ALCANTARA… Everywhere! I mean seriously, all of the touch points inside this car have been designed for maximum grip and racing ability, and the quality is something to behold. From the steering wheel, to the 6-speed manual shift knob, to the armrest, even the i30N - or should I say Kia EV6 GT - racing bucket seats have been wrapped in a heavenly dose of ALCANTARA. Another nice touch are the bright red seat belts! Through our extensive testing at CarSauce HQ we have deduced that having this colour seat belt adds an extra 30kW of power.
Honestly, this completely changes the way that this car feels to sit, and drive in. It feels more expensive, perhaps even more capable, and as you white knuckle it through some twisties, the Alcantara steering wheel just grips endlessly and engages that inner Kimi Raikonnen that I, admittedly, probably don’t possess. It’s not all roses though, this material on the steering wheel is quite durable, however many hours of driving is definitely going to wear it out and it may become rougher over time.
Being an i30N hatch means that practicality is decent, the front I/O is good with a USB-A port and two 12V sockets. The 8-inch infotainment screen is clear and sharp, and the interface is snappy and easy to use. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available when using a wired connection - still no wireless - and works well without a hitch.
The instrument cluster is a nicely backlit analogue unit, with a shift light and a small digital screen separating the gauges with a handy digital speed read-out, amongst other driving information including Drive Modes. Which brings me to those beautiful anodized metal drive mode selectors on the spokes of the alcantara steering wheel. They feel cold to the touch and have a satisfying click, and the N-Mode selector allows you to toggle between the preset ‘N’ mode and your custom setup, which can be finely tuned via the ‘N’ app.
Special touches include a bronze metallic badge above the USB and 12V Sockets which includes a build number (out of 800), as well as the Drive-N Limited Edition text. Aussie editions of this hatch will be numbered from 620-799 and we were lucky enough to have on hand with us #620! Additionally, there is a grippy red decal in the middle of the alcantara racing bucket seats, and the glowing ‘N’ logo just beneath the headrest is an absolute eyecatch.
Other materials around the cabin are exactly the same as the standard model i30’s, so having those alcantara touch points on the manual handbrake, arm rest, shift knob and steering wheel spruce things up and add a more premium feel to the interior. Though one may argue, is it really worth the extra $3000 for these touch points, given that performance and driving are completely the same? We’ll discuss that more in the driving section of this review.