The 10 slowest-depreciating cars in 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.
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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.
10: Range Rover Evoque - interior
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.
9: Lamborghini Urus
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.
9: Lamborghini Urus - interior
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.
8: Porsche 911 - interior
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.
7: Tesla Model 3 - interior
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.
6: Land Rover Defender - interior
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.
5: Porsche Macan - interior
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
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.
4: Porsche Taycan - interior
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.
3: Porsche Cayenne Coupé - interior
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.
2: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo - interior
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.
1: Alpine A110 - interior
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.