Many modern cars are so packed with electronics that you feel the overwhelming desire to obtain a PhD in quantum entanglement before driving them and a quiet lie down in a dark room afterwards.

So a spell in a car where you have to adjust the mirrors from inside with stalks, and nothing more complicated to program than the radio, sometimes comes as a relief.

The Hyundai i30 is one of those straight talking, get-what-you-see, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin, type of cars, which, since its launch in 2007, has lived up to its billing as the car which would change the face of Hyundai in Europe.

The five-door hatchback range is priced from about £13,000, and offers a diesel model with fuel consumption in the high 60s and low-emission models with road tax of £35 a year. Top that with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty with five-year RAC cover and there is a package tailor-made for austerity Britain.

Neat, tidy, solidly built and cleanly-designed, the i30 is far from austere in its standard specification. The new entry-level model, comes with air conditioning, six airbags and electronic stability programme.

On the exterior there’s a new grille, front bumper, side sill mouldings and rear bumper.

Jump inside the i30 and yes, there is a lot of plastic, but the car is well screwed together with no rattles or squeaks from the cabin, which provides plenty of space for five.

Ride and handling are unexceptional, but perfectly acceptable for such a well-priced, capable family workhorse.

Changes to the engine line-up are designed to make this big-selling car even more popular, especially with company car drivers.

Electronic tweaks to the Classic 1.6 CRDi 90 horsepower diesel engine drop the CO2 emissions from 115 to 110 g/km, allowing businesses to write down 100 per cent of their capital allowance in the first year. Moving up the range, the new Comfort model costs £700 more than the Classic and adds electric rear windows, steering wheel audio controls, a leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, and larger 16in alloy wheels.

Hyundai says the Comfort is expected to be the biggest seller in the i30 range.

It is available with 1.4 and 1.6 petrol engines and a 115 horsepower 1.6-litre diesel. Both 1.6-litre engines are also available with an automatic gearbox. I fibbed a little about the lack of electronics on the i30, as every new model comes with a follow-me-home headlight function, which is designed to light the interior of a garage or a path to the front door after the car has been locked, and an ‘eco-drive’ indicator, gently nagging you to change gear.

The test model also had Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG), which stops the engine automatically when you come to a halt and put the car into neutral and . . . I need a lie down.

Auto facts Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi Classic ISG

  • Price: £14,350
  • Insurance group: 14 (1-50)
  • Fuel consumption (Combined): 67.3mpg
  • Top speed: 107mph
  • Length: 428cm/177.5in
  • Width: 168.5cm/70in
  • Luggage capacity: 12 cu ft
  • Fuel tank capacity: 11.6 gallons/53 litres
  • CO2 emissions: 110g/km
  • Warranty: Five years/unlimited mileage