Why I Like the Veloster Turbo

Several people have said “oh noes” you can’t get rid of your MINI, or “what an ugly piece of crap, how can you want one of those!” so I thought I’d point out some reasons that the VT appeals.

  • Price. For $26k or so I can get a sporty looking vehicle that can do 0-60 in just under 7 seconds, has sunroof, rear camera, 7″ touch screen with Pandora, bluetooth, navigation etc…. I can even plug my PS3 into it and play games on the screen. I can’t get a comparable MINI, Audi, BMW (not that I ever would) etc for that
  • Looks. I happen to like how it looks. Unlike the last point, we can agree to disagree.
  • Cost Savings. I do about 23,000 miles a year, 2/3rd of that on the motorways. Quick fag packet calculations… my MINI currently gets about 25 mpg, let’s say gas is $4 a gallon so that’s $3680 a year for the hot juice. The VT is advertised as 38, so lets say I actually get 34, gas is #3.80 a gallon so that’s $2570. I just saved a $1000 in gas. And I’m still having fun.
  • Rarity. For better or worse I like vehicles that are different. My first car in the USA was a Toyota Paseo, have you ever seen one of those on the road? Exactly. So the VT appeals as it will be a car that turns heads (even if only to puke) and therefore appeals to that inner need I seem to have for attention (ah, the old dance competition days….).

So there’s a few reasons. I think the car is going to be very hard to find for a while, but I really would like to get one before my MINI is up for registration at the end of August. My choice is for a Vitamin C (read: copper/orange), Manual Transmission with the Ultimate package but I may have to give up on colour, we’ll see.

8 thoughts on “Why I Like the Veloster Turbo”

  1. I’m with you on the looks. Personally I like it. And the price you cant beat. I like the Marathon Blue myself.

  2. I am so excited to get my Veloster Turbo! I agree with what you’ve written. Additionally, it’s a polarizing vehicle. I love it’s asymmetry & quirkiness. It’s sooooo me!!

  3. Ian, I like the Focus ST and it will likely be much more of a driver’s car than the VT but the MPG figures don’t come near the VT and $ for $ there is more value to the VT. But if I can’t find a VT after a while I’ll definitely be looking at the Focus. Same with the Scion FR-S.

  4. If ya like it that’s all that matters! I love my new Abarth 500 though not a MINI handling wise it’s still fun car to drive and gets better milage to boot, so far 29-30 with 400 miles. Looks wise, I love it though not all do. If you can find an Abarth test drive one, Pop, C, Lounge are slugs, it’s a hoot in SPORT MODE.

  5. Oh yeah… the price was $24,000 with Koni Shocks, Brembo Brakes, rear stabilizer bar, Bluetooth, USB connector, sunroof, leather seats, came with fancy though only 16″ rims. I upgraded with Tire Rack to some fine Sparco/OZ 17″ rims, red, Hankook tires, mounted, balanced and shipped for $980. Dealer wanted $1100 for similar. Opted for the manual heat/ac controls and opted out of the security/Sirius package as I will have LoJack fitted by others.

  6. I forgot to get the tire inflation sender put in each tire and now I’m stuck with a low tire pressure light until I have those installed.

  7. I agree with you completely. I broke my heart to sell my MINI but to get a more family-friendly Countryman would have run me $30,000 before taxes. I got the Sonata with just about every luxury one could ask for at $26,000 AND it gets better gas mileage than my MINI. I will definitely own another MINI in my lifetime but I had to do something different for the foreseeable future. I say go for it.

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