The ten slowest-depreciating cars you can buy

The ten slowest-depreciating cars you can buy
The ten slowest-depreciating cars you can buy

We highlight the top ten cars that will lose you the least

As soon as you drive your gleaming new pride and joy off the forecourt you start losing money on the value of your vehicle. While you focus more on the costs of insurance and servicing, and wonder if you can improve your fuel consumption, depreciation is munching away at the worth. Some cars lose well over 50 per cent of their value in the first year alone. Such percentages dwarf running costs, so which cars depreciate the slowest? These do.

10. Porsche Macan

List price: £43,903
Depreciation after 3 years: £24,700 (56.26% retained)
The Macan has become the benchmark for every SUV that wants to have serious sporting pretensions on the road, and everyone appreciates that Porsche badge. So you’re going to pay a lot for it, but then you’re going to get a lot back when you part with it.

9. Range Rover Evoque 2.0 eD4 SE

List price: £30,600
Depreciation after 3 years: £17,250 (56.37% retained)
The smallest and cheapest Range Rover has proven an irresistible entry point for many buyers. Which means it keeps its value well, particularly if you go for the eD4 diesel variant, which also happens to be the cheapest version available.

8. Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE

List price: £64,655
Depreciation after 3 years: £36,450 (56.38% retained)
It’s hard to know how the arrival of the Range Rover Velar will impact on the Range Rover Sport, but for now this family-friendly seven-seater SUV has a solid resale value.

7. BMW X4 xDrive20d SE

List price: £37,935
Depreciation after 3 years: £21,400 (56.41% retained)
It looks like a huge coupe with four-wheel drive, and that’s pretty much what it is. In SE spec you get all you need, including BMW’s unbeatable iDrive infotainment system, sat nav and a lot more.

6. Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 150 S line

List price: £31,190
Depreciation after 3 years: £17,850 (57.23% retained)
Notice how many SUVs and crossovers there are in this top ten? If you’re after a small premium SUV then the Q3 holds its value better than any other. Classy cabin, lovely engines and solid engineering make it a class winner.

5. Tesla Model S 60

List price: £62,380
Depreciation after 3 years: £35,700 (57.23% retained)
While electric city cars have generally seen their values plummet, the Tesla has bucked the trend by dint of aiming at a more luxurious market that appreciates the performance, style and opulent seven-seater cabin.

4. Dacia Duster 1.6 SCe Ambience

List price: £10,595
Depreciation after 3 years: £6175 (58.28% retained)
The Duster shows that buying cheap can be good value too. It may not have a luxurious cabin or many frills but after three years of driving you’ve lost a bit over £4000 in depreciation – for some cars that’s not even what they’d have paid for the options.

3. Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 SE

List price: £50,995
Depreciation after 3 years: £30,150 (59.12% retained)
The new model is bound to impact on prices, but the previous one is a solid performer. Everyone knows the 4×4 element is for real, and with the 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine paired with luxury HSE trim you’ve got all you need as well as all you want.

2. Audi S3 hatch 2.0 TFSI Black Edition

List price: £34,340
Depreciation after 3 years: £23,800 (64.1% retained)
Hot hatches tend to lose value as quickly as they go out of fashion, but this pumped-up Audi forges its own path, with a 306bhp petrol engine, four-wheel drive and plenty of style.

1. Lotus Elise 1.8 Convertible

List price: £37,150
Depreciation after 3 years: £23,800 (64.1% retained)
The quirky British sports car also does things its own way, and that pays dividends. While many sports cars suffer horrible depreciation, you can drive the Elise for three years and only lose about 35% of its original worth. For the amount of fun you’ll have, that’s a real bargain.

 

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