The 10 fastest-depreciating cars 2020
We've delved into out data to reveal the models on sale today which lose the highest percentage of their value over three years...
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.
Here we've used our residual value data to reveal the 10 models that lose the highest percentage of their original price, with all figures based on the trade-in value for a three-year-old example that's covered 36,000 miles.
10. Citroën C3
Model 1.5 Blue HDi 100 Feel List price £18,600 36k/3yr resale value £5100 Price drop £13,500 Retained value 27.4%
With its funky looks, the Citroën C3 does a great job of turning heads. However, any number of rivals not only hold their value better, but are more practical and enjoyable to drive.
9. Fiat Panda
Model 1.2 Pop List price £10,255 36k/3yr resale value £2800 Price drop £7455 Retained value 27.3%
The current Panda has been on sale for longer than most mainstream cars you can buy new today, and that shows in its dreadful crash test rating: safety body Euro NCAP gave it zero stars in 2018. Add in limited rear leg room and basic standard equipment, and its heavy depreciation is just one of many problems.
8. Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet
Model S560 Grand Edition List price £124,975 36k/3yr resale value £33,400 Price drop £91,575 Retained value 26.7%
Despite featuring on this list, the S560 Cabriolet is a sensational car. From its monstrously powerful yet exceptionally smooth engine to its luxurious and spacious interior, it's unrivalled at delivering relaxing drop-top motoring.
7. Mercedes-AMG E53
Model Premium Plus 4dr List price £68,250 36k/3yr resale value £18,175 Price drop £50,075 Retained value 26.6%
Positioned between regular versions of the E-Class luxury saloon and the brutally fast AMG E63, the E53 uses a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that's supplemented by a 48-volt mild hybrid system to boost performance and efficiency. However, while it's effortlessly fast, it doesn't excite like the (admittedly much more expensive) E63, which perhaps explains why it appears here.
6. Citroën C1
Model 1.0 VTi 72 Feel 3dr List price £12,375 36k/3yr resale value £3250 Price drop £9125 Retained value 26.3%
As a city car, you'd expect the C1 to feel nimble in town, and it doesn't disappoint. What's more it's very cheap to run – right up until the point when you sell it and you see how much you've lost in depreciation.
5. Fiat 500C
Model 1.o Mild Hybrid Pop List price £15,315 36k/3yr resale value £3975 Price drop £11,340 Retained value 26.0%
Lots of people love the 500's retro styling, so it's a huge seller. However, that's a double-edged sword, with the sheer number of secondhand examples that are available pushing down values.
4. Peugeot 108
Model 1.0 72 Allure 3dr List price £13,670 36k/3yr resale value £3425 Price drop £10,245 Retained value 25.1%
Aside from a few visual differences – and the badge it wears – the 108 is essentially the same car as the Citroën C1. As a result it has most of the same strengths and weaknesses, and a similarly steep depreciation curve.
3. Maserati Quattroporte
Model V6d List price £75,700 36k/3yr resale value £17,875 Price drop £57,825 Retained value 23.6%
The Quattroporte is supposed to be a sporty take on the luxury saloon, but in reality it doesn't feel especially sharp. What's more, the diesel engine is pretty coarse, the ride can be brittle and the infotainment system feels dated. All of this makes it easy to understand why it loses its value so quickly.
2. Fiat Tipo
Model 1.6 Multijet Mirror List price £20,385 36k/3yr resale value £4625 Price drop £15,760 Retained value 22.7%
The Tipo is Fiat's answer to the big-selling Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf, but while it impresses with generous standard equipment and a tempting price tag, a disappointing drive and weak resale values make it an also-ran.
1. Peugeot 308
Model 1.5 Blue HDi 100 Active List price £21,765 36k/3yr resale value £4775 Price drop £16,990 Retained value 21.9%
Like the Tipo, the 308 competes in the family hatchback class. And like that car it has its strengths: the engines are frugal, the interior is classy and there's loads of space in the boot. Unfortunately, sloppy handling and cramped rear seats count against it, and the 1.5 Blue HDi 100 Active version suffers the heaviest depreciation of any car currently on sale.
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