Slowest depreciating cars in the UK

Want your next car to hold onto as much of its value as possible? Then you'll need to buy one of these...

Depreciation probably isn't at the top of your worry list when buying a new car, but it's definitely worth considering, because it usually adds up to more than all your fuel, tax and maintenance bills combined.

2020 Land Rover Defender depreciation

To help, then, we've used our residual value data to reveal the 10 models that lose the smallest percentage of their original price during the first three years, with all figures based on the trade-in value for an example that's covered 36,000 miles.

Unsurprisingly, there are some fairly exotic cars on the list – but there are also some more mainstream choices. Click on the next slide to find out which cars retain the most value.

10. Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo 2020 front cornering

The first Porsche in this top 10 (but certainly not the last) is the more practical, estate version of the Panamera luxury hatchback, with a slightly squarer rear and bigger boot. If you're looking for rapid performance and slow depreciation, it's a great choice.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo (cont.)

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo 2020 RHD dashboard

Model 2.9 V6 4 PDK
List price £74,795
Target Price £74,795
36k/3yr value £40,325
Price drop £34,470
Retained value 53.9%

9. Lamborghini Urus

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Lamborghini's take on the SUV combines jaw-dropping pace with surprising comfort and enough practicality to be used as a family car. Its comparative rarity and the desirability of the Lamborghini badge also help to slow depreciation, although its high list price means you'll still lose almost £80k in the first three years.

Lamborghini Urus (cont.)

Lamborghini Urus - interior

Model 4.0T FSI V8
List price £174,641
Target Price £174,641
36k/3yr value £96,275
Price drop £78,366
Retained value 55.1%

8. Range Rover Evoque

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque front tracking RHD

The Evoque's standout looks have always ensured that it holds its value better than most rivals. However, this second-generation version is also a great car; it has a high-quality, comfortable interior, rides bumps well and comes with lots of standard equipment.

Range Rover Evoque (cont.)

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque dashboard RHD

Model D180 R-Dynamic auto 
List price £38,240
Target Price £36,304
36k/3yr value £21,100
Price drop £17,140
Retained value 55.2%

7. Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 front three quarters

Any Tesla is desirable, but the Model 3 is the electric vehicle maker's best – and most affordable – car yet. It's great to drive, packed full of tech and more practical than conventional rivals. Plus, this Performance variant is ridiculously fast.

Tesla Model 3 (cont.)

EXECUTIVE CAR: Tesla Model 3 Performance dashboard

Model Performance AWD
List price £56,545
Target Price £56,545
36k/3yr value £32,250
Price drop £24,295
Retained value 57.0%

6. Porsche Taycan

2020 Porsche Taycan front cornering

As Porsche's first fully electric car, the Taycan has attracted a lot of headlines. However, it's worthy of the hype surrounding it, offering staggering performance, precise handling and a wonderful interior.

Porsche Taycan (cont.)

2020 Porsche Taycan dashboard

Model 4S 93kWh
List price £88,802
Target Price £88,802
36k/3yr value £51,000
Price drop £37,802
Retained value 57.4%

5. Porsche 911

Porsche 911 front

The latest version of the iconic 911 is not only a thrilling sports car, but also one of the few that you can live with every day. That's why used examples are in such high demand.

Porsche 911 (cont.)

2019 Porsche 911 (992) front seats

Model Carrera
List price £84,700
Target Price £84,700
36k/3yr value £48,675
Price drop £36,025
Retained value 57.5%

4. Alpine A110

Alpine A110 S front cornering - private plate

It may not be a household name, but Alpine has built one of the most entertaining and rewarding sports cars you can buy – at any price. What's more, as the A110's presence in this top 10 confirms, you'll still be smiling when you sell it and see how much money you get back.

Alpine A110 (cont.)

Alpine A110 S dashboard - private plate

Model 1.8T Pure
List price £48,140
Target Price £48,140
36k/3yr value £27,850
Price drop £20,290
Retained value 57.9%

3. Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD wide front wading

The original Defender was as popular with farmers as it was with the Queen, and with the military as it was with fashion-conscious celebrities, and while this successor is a very different beast that's only just gone on sale, it's already looking like a great buy if you want a spacious SUV that keeps depreciation to a minimum.

Land Rover Defender (cont.)

Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD dashboard

Model D200 S 110 
List price £49,055
Target Price £49,055
36k/3yr value £28,500
Price drop £20,555
Retained value 58.1%

2. Porsche Cayenne Coupé

Porsche Cayenne Coupé front

Not so long ago, buying a coupé meant putting up with two doors and rear seats that would make an Oompa Loompa claustrophobic, but cars such as the Cayenne Coupé serve up SUV practicality to go with their swoopy rooflines. While all Cayenne Coupés hold their value well, this E Hybrid version, which can travel for around 20 miles before it needs to burn any fuel, has particularly strong resale values.

Porsche Cayenne Coupé (cont.)

Porsche Cayenne Coupe dashboard

Model E-Hybrid Tiptronic S
List price £71,589
Target Price £71,589
36k/3yr value £41,900
Price drop £29,689
Retained value 58.5%

1. Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan S front

Given that the Macan is our reigning sports SUV champion, you probably won't be surprised to hear that it's fast and fun to drive. But it's also good at the sensible stuff, because it's a quiet and comfortable cruiser with rock-solid residuals. In fact, in Turbo form it holds its value better than any other car on sale today.

Porsche Macan (cont.)

Porsche Macan S dashboard

Model Turbo PDK 
List price £70,760
Target Price £70,760
36k/3yr value £42,400
Price drop £28,360
Retained value 59.9%

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