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.

Land Rover Defender front three quarters

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

Range Rover Evoque front three quarters

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

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque dashboard RHD

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

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

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

Porsche 911 front

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

Porsche 911 2019 UK RHD dashboard

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

Tesla Model 3 front three quarters

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

Tesla Model 3 2019 RHD dashboard

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

2020 Land Rover Defender wading

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

Land Rover Defender: continued

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

Porsche Macan S

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

Porsche Macan S - 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

Porsche Taycan 2019 LHD press front cornering

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.

4: Porsche Taycan - interior

Porsche Taycan 2019 LHD dashboard

However, it's worthy of the hype surrounding it, offering staggering performance, precise handling and a wonderful interior.

3: Porsche Cayenne Coupé

Porsche Cayenne Coupé front

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

Porsche Cayenne Coupe dashboard

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

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

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

If you're looking for rapid performance and slow depreciation, it's a great choice.

1: Alpine A110

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

Alpine A110

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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