The 10 slowest-depreciating cars 2020
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.
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.
10. Range Rover Evoque
Model D180 R Dynamic auto List price £37,465 36k/3yr resale value £22,125 Price drop £15,340 Retained value 59.1%
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.
Model 4.0T FSI V8 List price £166,152 36k/3yr resale value £98,625 Price drop £67,527 Retained value 59.4%
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 £70k in the first three years.
8. Porsche 911
Model Carrera 4 List price £89,436 36k/3yr resale value £53,775 Price drop £35,661 Retained value 60.1%
The first Porsche on this list (but certainly not the last) is the latest version of the iconic 911. Not only is it a thrilling sports car, but it's also one of the few that you can live with every day. That's why used examples are in such high demand.
7. Tesla Model 3
Model Performance AWD Performance Upgrade List price £56,545 36k/3yr resale value £34,050 Price drop £22,495 Retained value 60.2%
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.
6. Land Rover Defender
Model P300 S 110 List price £52,060 36k/3yr resale value £31,950 Price drop £20,110 Retained value 61.4%
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.
5. Porsche Macan
Model Turbo PDK List price £69,865 36k/3yr resale value £43,550 Price drop £26,315 Retained value 62.3%
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 resale values.
4. Porsche Taycan
Model Turbo List price £115,913 36k/3yr resale value £72,300 Price drop £43,613 Retained value 62.4%
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.
3. Porsche Cayenne Coupé
Model E Hybrid Tiptronic S List price £71,504 36k/3yr resale value £45,500 Price drop £26,004 Retained value 63.6%
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 residuals.
2. Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
Model 2.9 V6 4 PDK List price £74,225 36k/3yr resale value £48,400 Price drop £25,825 Retained value 65.2%
Think of the Sport Turismo as the slightly 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.
1. Alpine A110
Model 1.8T Pure List price £47,810 36k/3yr resale value £31,275 Price drop £16,535 Retained value 65.4%
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 position at the top of this table confirms, you'll still be smiling when you sell it and see how much money you get back.
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