The 10 slowest-depreciating cars in 2022
Want your next car to hold on to as much of its value as possible over three years? 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.
To help, then, we've used our resale 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 models on the list – but there are also some more mainstream choices.
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10. Land Rover Range Rover
Model 3.0 P400 SE | List price £102,975 | 36k/3yr resale value £77,550 | Price drop £25,425 | Retained value 75.30%
The latest generation of Range Rover has just gone on sale, and like its predecessor it's a hugely comfortable, refined and desirable luxury SUV. Demand is high and waiting times are long (more than a year), all of which makes it easy to understand why the new Range Rover is expected to hold its value so well.
9. Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake
Model CLA 180 AMG Line | List price £33,410 | 36k/3yr resale value £25,325 | Price drop £8085 | Retained value 75.80%
A high load lip and narrow boot aperture mean the CLA Shooting Brake is far from the most practical of estate cars, but its attractive interior, strong engines and decent driving experience mean it holds plenty of appeal. Indeed, the 180 AMG Line version should cost you only £8085 in depreciation over 36,000 miles.
8. Volkswagen California
Model 2.0 TDI 150 Beach Tour | List price £58,502 | 36k/3yr resale value £44,550 | Price drop £13,952 | Retained value 76.15%
The British 'staycation' has become increasingly popular in recent times, and as a result, so have camper vans. But, in truth, the Volkswagen California has always been a safe place to put your money, perhaps because of its immense heritage. It should still be worth more than three-quarters of its original value after three years and 36,000 miles.
7. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Model 2.0 D165 2WD | List price £32,590 | 36k/3yr resale value £25,850 | Price drop £6740 | Retained value 79.31%
As with the full-size Range Rover, demand for the 'mini-me' Range Rover Evoque is very high. It helps that it's good to drive, lovely inside and also reasonably practical by class standards. The entry-level 2.0-litre D165 diesel version holds on to its value best of all.
6. Porsche Macan
Model 2.0 265 | List price £50,935 | 36k/3yr resale value £41,050 | Price drop £9885 | Retained value 80.59%
The Macan is one of the most entertaining sports SUVs on the market, yet it can turn from comfortable cruiser to backroad bruiser at the flick of a switch when equipped with air suspension. Add in a high-quality interior and the super-desirability of the Porsche badge, and it's not hard to understand why it features on this list.
5. Porsche 718 Boxster
Model 4.0 Spyder | List price £79,075 | 36k/3yr resale value £64,325 | Price drop £14,750 | Retained value 81.35%
All Boxsters are great to drive, but the Spyder version is particularly intoxicating, thanks to its bespoke suspension and the glorious sound its 4.0-litre flat-six engine makes. Yes, it will cost you big money upfront, but you'll get much of that back when you sell it.
4. Volkswagen Multivan
Model 1.4 TSI eHybrid Life | List price £48,835 | 36k/3yr resale value £40,450 | Price drop £8385 | Retained value 82.83%
The Volkswagen Multivan is one of the more expensive choices in the MPV class, but it's another vehicle that holds onto its value very well, particularly in 1.4 TSI eHybrid Life version. It's also a seriously practical and spacious car, so if you can stretch to its high asking price, it's worth considering.
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3. Porsche 718 Cayman
Model 4.0 GT4 | List price £80,715 | 36k/3yr resale value £67,450 | Price drop £13,265 | Retained value 83.57%
The Porsche 718 Cayman is brilliant to drive, particularly with the 4.0-litre engine in the GTS and GT4, which revs to a heady 8000rpm. The latter is the model that holds its value best, however, and it offers an addition 20bhp over the GTS.
2. Lamborghini Urus
Model 4.0T FSI V8 | List price £177,297 | 36k/3yr resale value £152,350 | Price drop £24,947 | Retained value 85.92%
The Lamborghini Urus is one of the most exotic SUVs money can buy, blending jaw-dropping pace with enough practicality to be usable every day. And it even makes some financial sense given that it clings onto its value as tenaciously as it does the road.
1. Porsche 911
Model GT3 | List price £133,830 | 36k/3yr resale value £119,575 | Price drop £14,255 | Retained value 86.35%
In any form, the Porsche 911 is a thrilling sports car that's also surprisingly easy to live with. However, the GT3 variant takes things to another level, because it combines sublime handling with extreme performance, and has one of the best-sounding engines ever built. All of this mean demand massively outstrips supply, and it has the strongest resale values of any car currently on sale.
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