The 10 slowest-depreciating cars 2021
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. Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
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%
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.
9. Lamborghini Urus
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%
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.
8. Range Rover Evoque
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%
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.
7. Tesla Model 3
Model Performance AWD List price £56,545 Target Price £56,545 36k/3yr value £32,250 Price drop £24,295 Retained value 57.0%
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. Porsche Taycan
Model 4S 93kWh List price £88,802 Target Price £88,802 36k/3yr value £51,000 Price drop £37,802 Retained value 57.4%
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.
5. Porsche 911
Model Carrera List price £84,700 Target Price £84,700 36k/3yr value £48,675 Price drop £36,025 Retained value 57.5%
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.
4. Alpine A110
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%
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.
3. Land Rover Defender
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%
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.
2. Porsche Cayenne Coupé
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%
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.
1. Porsche Macan
Model Turbo PDK List price £70,760 Target Price £70,760 36k/3yr value £42,400 Price drop £28,360 Retained value 59.9%
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.
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