The 10 fastest depreciating cars 2017

Depreciation is usually the biggest cost of running a car. We reveal the models on sale today which lose their value the fastest

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Fastest depreciating cars

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: Β£18,975

Depreciation after year 1: Β£11,900 (62.7%)

Depreciation after year 2: Β£12,950 (68.2%)

Depreciation after year 3: Β£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.

Read our full Skoda Rapid review

9. CitroΓ«n C4 1.2 Puretech Edition

List price: Β£18,160

Depreciation after year 1: Β£11,260 (62.0%)

Depreciation after year 2: Β£12,360 (68.1%)

Depreciation after year 3: Β£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.

Read our full CitroΓ«n C4 review

8. Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0 JTDM-2

List price: Β£22,200

Depreciation after year 1: Β£13,725 (61.8%)

Depreciation after year 2: Β£15,125 (68.1%)

Depreciation after year 3: Β£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.

Read our full Alfa Romeo Giulietta review

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