The 10 slowest-depreciating cars of 2017

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Want your next car to hold on to 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.

The slowest depreciating cars

Here, we’ve used our residual value data to show you the cars which will cost you the least in depreciation. All of our figures are based on you driving 12,000 miles per year.

*** Note : £1 = $1.29

10. Porsche Macan

List price: £43,903

Depreciation after year 1: £36,600 (83.37%)

Depreciation after year 2: £30,100 (68.56%)

Depreciation after year 3: £24,700 (56.26%)

The Macan is already one of our favourite premium SUVs. It’s every inch the baby Porsche, offering you a comfortable and luxurious interior alongside a fast 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Despite its high price tag, though, the Macan holds onto its value a lot better than many of its rivals.

9. Range Rover Evoque 2.0 eD4 SE

List price: £30,600

Depreciation after year 1: £25,550 (83.50%)

Depreciation after year 2: £21,000 (68.63%)

Depreciation after year 3: £17,250 (56.37%)

The Evoque is the cheapest way to get a car with a Range Rover badge onto your driveway – and for many people that’s enough reason to buy one. It’s a very popular choice in the small SUV market, despite rivals such as the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 offering a better driving experience. That said, if you go for the cheapest diesel option, badged eD4, then it does at least hold its value well.

8. Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE

List price: £64,655

Depreciation after year 1: £54,025 (83.56%)

Depreciation after year 2: £44,425 (68.71%)

Depreciation after year 3: £36,450 (56.38%)

The Sport is the smaller sibling to the full-size Range Rover, but it’s just as luxurious and capable to drive. Plus, unlike the regular Range Rover, you can have it with seven seats, meaning the whole family can enjoy its comfortable and spacious interior.

7. BMW X4 xDrive20d SE

List price: £37,935

Depreciation after year 1: £31,700 (83.56%)

Depreciation after year 2: £26,050 (68.67%)

Depreciation after year 3: £21,400 (56.41%

If you want the practicality of an SUV but the rakish looks of a coupé, the X4 is a solid choice. You get four-wheel drive as standard, the excellent iDrive infotainment and sat-nav system and plenty of kit in our recommended SE specification – including heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control and all-round parking sensors.

6. Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 150 S Line

List price: £31,190

Depreciation after year 1: £26,475 (84.88%)

Depreciation after year 2: £21,750 (69.73%)

Depreciation after year 3: £17,850 (57.23%)

No other premium small SUV holds onto its value better than the Q3, and if you’re in the market for car of this size then it’s a very worthy option. Its interior, as you would expect from Audi, is in a class of its own, and the combination of smooth engines and a comfortable ride makes it great for covering big distances.

5. Tesla Model S 60

List price: £62,380

Depreciation after year 1: £51,750 (82.96%)

Depreciation after year 2: £42,950 (68.85%)

Depreciation after year 3: £35,700 (57.23%)

The Model S is a game-changing car. It’s the car that showed people electric cars could be desirable and luxurious, and with an electric range of 248 miles you’re not likely to run out of charge on long journeys. It’s expensive to buy, though, so the Renault Zoe is still our recommended electric choice.

4. Dacia Duster 1.6 SCe Ambiance

List price: £10,595

Depreciation after year 1: £8950 (84.47%)

Depreciation after year 2: £7425 (70.08%)

Depreciation after year 3: £6175 (58.28%)

Start with a bargain price, and depreciation slows down dramatically. So, on that basis, the Duster is among the best cars here. It’s cheap, and that means there are compromises to be made in terms of interior quality and refinement, but thanks to its spacious interior and the option of four-wheel drive, the Duster still makes a very good case for itself.

3. Mini hatchback 1.5 Cooper JCW

List price: £18,390

Depreciation after year 1: £14,950 (81.29%)

Depreciation after year 2: £12,300 (66.88%)

Depreciation after year 3: £10,100 (54.92%)

The three-door Mini hatchback is all about driving fun, and we also like its low running costs. In 1.5-litre petrol form, it offers peppy performance which seems ideally suited to city streets. There’s also a good amount of kit included with Cooper models.

2. Audi S3 hatchback 2.0 TFSI Black Edition

List price: £34,340

Depreciation after year 1: £35,250 (£94.9%)

Depreciation after year 2: £29,000 (78.1%)

Depreciation after year 3: £23,800 (64.1%)

Hot hatchbacks aren’t famed for holding onto their value, but Audi’s go-faster version of the A3 family hatch is an exception to the rule. It’s loud, fast and comes with four-wheel drive as standard, and its 306bhp petrol engine brings plenty of driving thrills.

1. Lotus Elise 1.8 Convertible

List price: £37,150

Depreciation after year 1: £35,250 (£94.9%)

Depreciation after year 2: £29,000 (78.1%)

Depreciation after year 3: £23,800 (64.1%)

The Elise is a very British sports car – small, light, powerful and (relatively) cheap to buy. It’s also great fun to drive, with accurate steering and grip which gives even the most timid driver the confidence to go faster. It’s still one of the best sports cars around and, if depreciation is your biggest concern, a great way to limit your losses.

(whatcar.com, https://goo.gl/ZYeobQ)

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