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 its first few years of ownership.
Below, we've used our residual value data to reveal the cars which will cost you most in depreciation, with all figures based on an annual mileage of 12,000.
10. Citroën C4 1.2 Puretech 110 Feel
List price: £17,850
Depreciation after year 1: £10,400 (58.3%)
Depreciation after year 2: £11,700 (65.5%)
Depreciation after year 3: £12,800 (71.7%)
The C4 is a rival to big-selling family hatchbacks such as the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf. However, it's disappointing to drive, has a drab interior and is comparatively cramped in the back, all of which is reflected in its poor residual values.
9. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 1.6 CDTi Ecoflex 134 SRi Nav Leather
List price: £28,450
Depreciation after year 1: £16,700 (58.7%)
Depreciation after year 2: £18,775 (66.0%)
Depreciation after year 3: £20,525 (72.1%)
There are more practical MPVs than the Zafira Tourer, but it's still spacious and well equipped, so we wouldn't rule it out completely. Just make sure you negotiate a big discount to help offset the heavy depreciation.
8. Peugeot 508 2.0 BlueHDi RXH
List price: £38,115
Depreciation after year 1: £22,415 (58.8%)
Depreciation after year 2: £25,215 (66.2%)
Depreciation after year 3: £27,540 (72.3%)
The traditional large family car market, which the 508 competes in, has been shrinking for years, as people increasingly opt for more prestigious alternatives such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. The fact that this RXH hybrid version of the 508 costs almost £40,000 to buy further reduces its desirability.
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