Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

On the road the Veloster is adequate but not particularly engaging. There’s only one engine on offer and that’s a 138bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine. It can be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or an automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddleshifts. So it’s not much fun but that said, everyday commuting in the Veloster is reasonably pleasant. The performance stats tell an underwhelming story: in automatic mode the Veloster can get from 0 to 62mph in 10.3 seconds with a top speed of 124mph while the manual will get you to 62mph in 9.7s, topping out at 125mph.

Enthusiasts will be disappointed by the Veloster: it has more style than substance and is only an average car to drive. It doesn’t have a throaty burble from the exhaust and, more importantly, it doesn’t make the driver feel connected to the road like some rivals. The steering weights up nicely at speed, but it feels numb and offers very little feedback.

You never really feel at one with the car making twisty roads something of a chore. When a car looks this good it really is a shame for it to be so average in the handling department. Challenging roads should be loads of fun but the Veloster has not got the dynamics to take on the likes of the VW Scirocco, the Vauxhall Astra GTC or Peugeot's RCZ.