We spend a lot of time writing about protecting yourself from depreciation on this site. But sometimes bad things can work to your favor. Case in point: the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo we recently drove.
Selling at just over $22k in 2013, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo is now worth just a tick over $12k. It’s a lot of depreciation for a new owner to stomach, but this car has a lot going for it and we expect the depreciation to slow significantly going forward.
The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
The Hyundai Veloster Turbo is quite an upgrade over the base Veloster. With an underpowered engine producing 130hp and 120 ft-lbs, the base Veloster achieves 60 mph from a stop in a bit under 9 seconds. The transmission, interior, and base body kit leaves much to be desired.
The Turbo, however, adds 71 hp and 75 ft-lb and drops the 0-60 time to just under 7 seconds. For 2013 models, it also ditches the dual clutch automatic in favor of a single six speed automatic with paddle shifters and adds slightly bigger brakes for $1,000 extra. The engine is responsive and the torque band starts early in the RPMs, making the car feel faster than it is. We’ve achieved 24mpg in the city and 36mpg on the highway and it only needs regular fuel.
The exterior is also improved, with a blacked out front grill, rocker panels, and twin pipe exhaust. LED daytime running lights are also added, which create a more premium look. The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo retains its unique shape but adds an slightly more aggressive demeanor. Our tested example came in Pacific Blue paint, a rich and bright blue that is unique on the road. Also unique is the third door – likely added to reduce insurance cost for new-buyers. The door may not add too much function, but it will certainly be a conversation point with riders. In all, the Veloster stands out well from other vehicles in the class.
The interior has been upgraded over the base Veloster, too. Leather seats, stitched steering wheel, back-up camera and a 450 watt sound system come standard in the car. The 7in LCD infotainment screen is a touchscreen and still looks current today with great resolution and colors. A smart key is also standard, allowing all doors to be opened without pushing a button on the key. In a car now worth over $12k, it’s a lot of features – especially when you compare them to new luxury vehicles like the 228i or C class.
However, the Veloster Turbo will never convince you you’re in a German luxury vehicle. Even in Turbo form, the Veloster is no performance car. The 1.6L turbocharged engine feels like it’s constantly working to prove it has the power and torque listed on the spec sheet, particularly on hills. Body roll is minimal, but the stock tires do nothing to maintain grip beyond that expected from casual corner carving.
This shouldn’t deter you from considering the Hyundai Veloster, though, because the car does many things well. It’s also now priced insanely cheap at around $13k. We can’t recommend this car new but we can recommend it lightly used. With its extensive list of standard features, unique looking exterior, fuel sipping turbocharged engine that moves faster than most of the competition, the 2013 Hyundai Veloster should absolutely be on your car shopping list for used cars under $15k.
Which One Should You Get:
For the enthusiast, we recommend purchasing a lightly used base Turbo – preferably in Matte Black – with a six speed manual. Navigation equipped Velosters automatically come with the sunroof, which adds weight and further impacts the rigidity.
Note on what can go wrong: The 2013 Hyundai is still under warranty if you can find a used example with less than 60,000 miles. The drivetrain warranty will cover the Hyundai Veloster until 100,000 miles