Depreciation is the single biggest cost of car ownership, so taking notice of resale values could save you thousands of pounds.
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 weve provided links to our reviews to help you decide if the car really is what you're after.
Resale value star performers
Mercedes CLC 220CDI SE
Audi A3 1.4 TFSI Start/Stop SE 3dr
Toyota Prius 1.8 VVTi-T3
BMW 118d M Sport 5dr
VW Golf 1.6 TDI BluemotionPercentage of value retained
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 youll lose a massive amount of cash.
Best avoided resale value disasters
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 AutoPercentage retained