Best and worst cars for depreciation revealed

This is the latest report in a series of weekly updates for industry colleagues from Rachael Prasher, managing director of What Car? and Haymarket Automotive. Quoted poll data is from more than 3700 whatcar.com users.

With buyers now able to return to showrooms, our latest research of 3724 in-market buyers shows that more than half are looking to purchase a vehicle between now and August.

A key consideration for buyers, especially those buying privately, is depreciation – how well the vehicle retains its value after a given period, usually around three years or 36,000 miles.

To help buyers we’ve compiled a list of the best and worst performing vehicles with valuations expert CAP HPI, based on trade-in values after 36 months and 36,000 miles of use.

The top 10 for the slowest depreciating cars included a plug-in hybrid and two fully electric models, with the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, Tesla Model 3 and Porsche Taycan found to retain 57.6%, 58.2% and 60.9% of their values after three years, respectively.

Porsche dominated the top 10, with five models among the least depreciating cars in the UK and the new 718 Cayman 4.0 GT4 rated as the slowest depreciating car in the UK, with a retained value of 72.4%. All of the top 10 models retained more than half of their value after 36,000 miles of use.

In contrast, many of the fastest depreciating vehicles retained less than a third of their value under the same conditions. Worst of all was the Audi A8 55 TFSI quattro Vorsprung – the fastest depreciating model in the findings – with a retained value of 27.3%, representing a drop in value exceeding £77,000.

The inclusion of several high-end models in the fastest depreciating category shows that list price and badge appeal do not automatically guarantee a solid investment.

Slowest depreciating models

Make and ModelList Price Resale Value Price Drop Retained Value 
10Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid£71,110£40,925£30,18557.6%
9Tesla Model 3 Long range £49,990£29,400£20,89058.2%
=7Land Rover Defender 110 P300 S£53,910£31,950£21,96059.3%
=7Range Rover Evoque P250 R-Dynamic S £42,400£25,150£17,25059.3%
6Porsche 911 Carrera PDK £86,835£52,800£34,03560.8%
5Porsche Taycan 4S 79kWh £83,635£50,950£32,68560.9%
4Alpine A110 1.8 Turbo Legend GT £59,155£36,625£22,53061.9%
3Porsche Macan GTS £60,905£38,000£22,09562.4%
2Lamborghini Urus 4.0T FSI V8 auto £174,711£110,150£64,56163.0%
1Porsche 718 Cayman 4.0 GT4 £78,495£56,800£21,69572.4%

Fastest depreciating models


Make and ModelList Price Resale Value Price Drop Retained Value 
10Citroen Spacetourer 1.5 BlueHDi 120 Business M £37,005£12,500£24,50533.8%
9Vauxhall Astra 1.5 Turbo D SRi Nav £23,675£7,900£15,77533.4%
8BMW 2 Series Convertible M240i Nav auto £45,385£15,075£30,31033.2%
6BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 216d SE £27,975£9,200£18,77532.9%
6Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Grand Edition £89,235£29,325£59,91032.9%
5Peugeot 108 1.0 72 Active £12,785£4,000£8,78531.3%
4Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe S560 Grand Ed £125,010£36,800£88,21029.4%
3Fiat 500 Convertible 1.0 Pop £15,910£4,650£11,26029.2%
2Vauxhall Combo Life 1.2 Turbo 130 Elite £28,260£8,150£20,11028.8%
1Audi A8 55 TFSI quattro Vorsprung £106,305£28,975£77,33027.3%

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