Depreciation is often overlooked when people are deciding what car to buy. But while other running costs, such as fuel consumption, servicing and road tax, are worth considering, they rarely add up to as much as the amount a car loses in value over the first few years of ownership.
Below, we've used our residual value data to reveal the models which will cost you most in depreciation, with all figures based on an annual mileage of 12,000.
10. Skoda Rapid 1.4 TDI CR 90 SE L
List price: £18,975
Depreciation after year 1: £11,900 (62.7%)
Depreciation after year 2: £12,950 (68.2%)
Depreciation after year 3: £14,050 (74.0%)
Skoda makes some excellent cars, but the Rapid isn't one of them. Its ride is jarring and you have to put up with a lot of wind, road and suspension noise, while the poorly weighted steering inspires little confidence. Add in unsupportive seats and an interior that feels very cheap, and it's easy to see why used buyers tend to look elsewhere.
9. Citroën C4 1.2 Puretech Edition
List price: £18,160
Depreciation after year 1: £11,260 (62.0%)
Depreciation after year 2: £12,360 (68.1%)
Depreciation after year 3: £13,435 (74.0%)
Like the Rapid, the C4 competes with popular family hatchbacks such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. And like the Rapid it's both disappointing to drive and drab inside, with these failings reflected in its poor residual values.
8. Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0 JTDM-2
List price: £22,200
Depreciation after year 1: £13,725 (61.8%)
Depreciation after year 2: £15,125 (68.1%)
Depreciation after year 3: £14,450 (74.1%)
At the more premium end of the family car class, the Giulietta is Alfa Romeo's answer to the Audi A3 Sportback and BMW 1 Series. We can see why you might be tempted because the Giulietta is a good looking thing. Unfortunately, it suffers from a cramped interior and stodgy handling, and will be worth a lot less than rivals when you come to sell it.
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