Want your next car to hold onto as much of its value as possible? You’ll need to buy one of these
When you buy a new car, you’re not likely to think about depreciation. However, it’s one of the biggest costs of owning a vehicle and is often more than your fuel, tax and servicing costs combined.
A car loses a large portion of its value of the first few years of ownership, so finding one which will keep its value the longest will ensure you get most of your money back when it comes to selling on.
Here, we’ve used our residual value data to show you the cars that will cost you the least in depreciation. All of our figures are based on you driving 10,000 miles per year.
*** Note : £1 = $1.39 (correct at time of post)
10. Audi SQ7 quattro Tip Auto
List price £73,145
Depreciation after year 1 £57,700 (78.9%) Year 2 £49,275 (67.4%) Year 3 £44,025 (60.2%)
Want your luxury SUV to go fast too? Well, you’re in luck, because the SQ7 is based on our Luxury SUV of the Year for 2018, the Audi Q7.
The SQ7 comes with a storming V8 diesel engine that delivers a quiet but potent thrum when you start it up. Its responses are nigh-on instantaneous, too. SQ7 models come with everything you’re likely to want or need, including sports-tuned air suspension, four-zone climate control and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital dashboard.
9. Audi RS3 quattro S tronic
List price £43,925
Depreciation after year 1 £33,400 (76.0%) Year 2 £29,990 (68.4%) Year 3 £26,875 (61.2%)
From one fast Audi to another – this time, it’s the RS3 hot hatch. A key rival to the Mercedes-AMG A45, BMW M140i and Ford Focus RS, as well as lesser hatches such as the Peugeot 308 GTi, the RS3 is powered by the same 394bhp petrol engine that also features in Audi’s TT RS.
Of course, going fast is only half of the RS3’s talents; the other being every bit as usable and practical as the A3 family hatchback on which it’s based. Inside, you’ll find Audi’s unmatched interior quality, while its boot is one of the biggest of any hot hatch.
8. Jaguar E-Pace 2.0 2WD
List price £28,340
Depreciation after year 1 £21,700 (76.6%) Year 2 £18,875 (66.6%) Year 3 £17,425 (61.5%)
Having proven that it can build a commendable SUV with the larger F-Pace, Jaguar’s attentions now turn to the more profitable small SUV market. The E-Pace is pitched against rivals including the Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40, and we’ve been impressed by its great driving position and standard equipment.
This 2.0-litre version of the E-Pace may be the one we’ve included in this list but, in truth, no version of the car will lose you masses of money in depreciation. In fact, all versions of the E-Pace will retain at least 50% of their value after three years and 30,000 miles.
7. Porsche 718 Cayman 2.0 PDK
List price £44,952
Depreciation after year 1 £38,125 (84.8%) Year 2 £32,475 (72.2%) Year 3: £27,750 (61.7%)
The 718 Cayman is one of our favourite sports cars – and in a class that also includes the Jaguar F-Type Coupé and BMW M2, that’s a real achievement. Even the ‘entry-level’ 2.0-litre petrol engine develops 295bhp, so you’re never short on power.
No matter which version of the Cayman you go for, you won’t be getting much in the way of standard equipment. Neither the Cayman nor the more powerful Cayman S comes with Bluetooth, cruise control, sat-nav or parking sensors as standard. So you might want to put the money you save on depreciation into ticking a few boxes on the options list.
6. Mercedes-AMG GT R
List price £142,460
Depreciation after year 1 £125,775 (88.3%) Year 2 £105,925 (74.4%) Year 3 £89,425 (62.8%)
Any car that has the nickname ‘the best of the Green Hell’ demands respect, and the Mercedes-AMG GT R deserves it. This is the fastest rear-wheel-drive car to go around the iconic Nürburgring race track – setting a time that puts even the Ferrari 488 GTB and Porsche 918 Spyder to shame.
Power for the GT R comes from the same basic twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine that features in the regular Mercedes-AMG GT sports car, but here it’s been tuned to produce 577bhp. The resulting sprint times are fairly astonishing: 0-62mph takes 3.6sec and it will keep accelerating on to a top speed of 198mph.
5. Range Rover Velar D180
List price £44,630
Depreciation after year 1 £37,850 (84.8%) Year 2 £32,075 (71.9%) Year 3 £28,950 (64.9%)
The Velar is very much the new kid on the SUV block. Designed to sit between the entry-level Range Rover Evoque and the cheapest Range Rover Sport, the Velar’s sloping roofline makes it a more stylish entry into this market. It still faces big competition, though, mainly from the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupé.
This D180 engine is the entry-level diesel choice, but its combination of performance and fuel economy means it’s likely to be a big hit with company car drivers. Even the most basic Velars come with the essentials – a DAB radio, Bluetooth, keyless entry, automatic emergency braking and LED headlights are all standard.
4. Porsche Macan Turbo Performance
List price £69,560
Depreciation after year 1 £57,175 (82.2%) Year 2 £48,775 (70.1%) Year 3 £45,150 (64.9%)
The regular Macan is no slouch in the world of prestige SUVs, but the Macan Turbo with the optional Performance Package is nothing short of blisteringly rapid. Its 3.6-litre engine is capable of shocking acceleration and is offered with Porsche’s PDK automatic gearbox.
The Macan is great to drive and offers a high-quality interior, and Turbo Performance models come with plenty of kit. Just spare a thought for your passengers, though, because the rear seats don’t offer much space.
3. Porsche 911 GT3
List price £118,857
Depreciation after year 1 £114,600 (96.4%) Year 2 £94,675 (79.7%) Year 3 £79,975 (67.3%)
This hardcore version of the regular Porsche 911 swaps a little everyday comfort for out-and-out pace. It’s ludicrously fast, gorgeous to look at and delightful to drive – and it’s cheaper to buy than the 911 Turbo.
The 911 GT3’s power comes from a 4.0-litre engine developing 493bhp. As you’d expect, it’s a great car to drive quickly and, whether you’re on road or track, you’re likely to end each journey with a smile on your face.
2. Ferrari 488 GTB
List price £182,844
Depreciation after year 1 £175,000 (95.7%) Year 2 £145,475 (79.6%) Year 3 £125,025 (68.4%)
The 488 GTB is Ferrari’s follow-up to the 458 Italia and sits at the very heart of the Italian manufacturer’s range – above the California T but below the V12-engined GTC4 Lusso. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the figure printed above is the car without any options; since most owners are likely to personalise their cars, it’s likely that the price tag will actually start with a 2.
The 488 GTB is powered by a 3.9-litre V8 petrol engine and can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 3.0sec. It’s fabulous to drive, yet also surprisingly easy to live with. Running costs are as eye-watering as you’d expect at this price point.
1. Range Rover Sport 2.0 SD4 HSE
List price £60,815
Depreciation after year 1 £52,425 (86.2%) Year 2 £46,100 (75.8%) Year 3 £43,225 (71.1%)
If you want to buy a new car and for it to lose the least amount of money in three years, then step right up to the driver’s door of the Range Rover Sport. This large SUV is as capable off road as it is on it, as refined as most luxury cars and offers a sumptuous and well-equipped interior.
Now, while the entry-level 2.0-litre petrol engine takes the top spot here, the rest of the Range Rover Sport line-up is equally impressive when it comes to depreciation. Go for our recommended model – the SDV6 HSE – and your car will still retain 66% of its value after three years.