4. Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.6 CDTi 16V ecoTEC SRi
List price: £24,465
Depreciation after year 1: £16,390 (67.0%)
Depreciation after year 2: £17,590 (71.9%)
Depreciation after year 3: £18,765 (76.7%)
The latest Vauxhall Astra is a fine car, mixing agile handling with a spacious interior and generous standard equipment. Unfortunately, this three-door, GTC version is based on the inferior old model and will cost you almost £19,000 in depreciation over three years.
3. Alfa Romeo Mito 1.3 JTDM-2
List price: £16,080
Depreciation after year 1: £11,555 (71.9%)
Depreciation after year 2: £12,180 (75.7%)
Depreciation after year 3: £12,755 (79.3%)
Like the bigger Giulietta, the Mito primarily sells on style. The trouble is you also get that from the Audi A1 and Mini hatchback, two cars that better it in all other areas, and retain more than twice as much of their value during a typical ownership period.
2. Nissan Leaf Visia
List price: £26,180
Depreciation after year 1: £18,880 (72.1%)
Depreciation after year 2: £19,955 (76.2%)
Depreciation after year 3: £21,105 (80.6%)
The Leaf is the world's most popular electric car, but it still sells in relatively small numbers and suffers heavy depreciation, probably due to fears that the rapid development of electric vehicle (EV) technology could quickly render it obsolete. On the upside, you do get a £4500 Government grant to reduce your initial outlay.
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