Best & worst small family car residuals

  • Which car holds the most value?
  • Which sheds the most cash
  • Best Buys and Best Avoided
Depreciation is the single biggest cost of car ownership, so taking notice of resale values could save you thousands of pounds.

Here at whatcar.com we provide free depreciation and valuation figures, so you can make sure you're not in for a shock when you come to sell on.

The difference in depreciation over three years and 36,000 is startling between vehicles, the best small family cars hold 58% of their original list price, the worst cling to just 23%.

Best small family resale values
Our top five star performers all hold on to at least 50% of their original value over three years.

Car ownership is about more than just the retained value, of course, so we’ve provided links to our reviews to help you decide if the car really is what you're after.

Resale value star performers
Position
1
2
3
4
5
Percentage of value retained
57%
54%
52%
50%
50%


The worst small family car resale values
At the bottom of the barrel, the worst performers drop far more in value over one year than the best retain over three.

Some cars fail to retain a quarter of their original value, so unless you get a huge discount up front you’ll lose a massive amount of cash.

Best avoided resale value disasters
Position
1
2
3
4
5
Model
Fiat Bravo 5Dr 1.4 T-Jet 120 Dyn Auto
Proton Gen-2 4dr/5dr 1.6 GSX and Auto
Chevrolet Cruze 4Dr 1.8 141 LT Auto
Citroen C4 1.6 16V VTR Plus and Exclusive
Chevrolet Lacetti 5Dr 1.6 SX Auto
Percentage retained
29%
28%
27%
26%
23%


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