Tuesday 17th November 2015
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Cars that hold their value are the best kind to buy.  The slower a car depreciates the more it holds its value and this is something you should bear in mind when buying a car. Breakeryard.com has picked out a few of the top cars that hold their value in terms of depreciation ratings and other factors.

Range Rover SUV

The Range Rover SUV is a highly practical car and performs well.   Models in the Vogue spec which are fitted with the 4.4 litre SDV8 engine perform the best as they hold onto 62.1% of their list price after three years and 36,000 miles. Although it is still expensive to buy and run Land Rover have tried to reduce the high running costs.  For instance, the latest model weights 402kg less than the previous generation.  If you have the budget and want a luxury vehicle this might be a good long termer.

Other Land Rover options:

  • Land Rover Discovery (4 diesel, 2009-): 69.2% of list price retained after three years/30,000 miles.
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport (diesel, 2009-13): 62.5% of list price retained after three years/30,000 miles.

Audi A3 hatchback

In terms of depreciation the five door S3 Sportback holds onto 56.1% of its list price after three years and 36,000 miles.  For a small family car you can’t go far wrong; it has the size of a Ford Focus but the sought after Audi badge. Although it is a three door hatchback and isn’t as cheap as the comparable VW Golf and SEAT Leon it is robust and has a luxurious, quality feel inside and out. The choice of engines offers decent fuel economy. Great performance and a five star rating when crash tested by Euro NCAP make this a highly viable long term option. Confused.com voted the Audi A3 as the top car to hold its value in 2014.

Audio A3

Other Audi cars that are great for holding their value:

  • Audi Q5 (diesel, 2008-12): 69.1% of list price retained after three years/30,000 miles.
  • Audi A1 (diesel, 2010-): 63.6% of list price retained after three years/30,000 miles.
  • Audi RS3 Sportback (2011-): 63% of list price retained after three years/30,000 miles.

 

 

SEAT Leon hatchback

Based on the reliable and iconic VW Golf the Leon drives really well and has a strong performance.  Spacious so ideal for families and the price is also affordable, the Leon is cheaper than the Golf.  As regards depreciation the Leon 2.0 TDI Fr manual is worth 51.8% of its list price after three years and 36,000 miles. The car is stylish and comes with cutting edge technology.  Euro NCAP gave the Leon a five star rating in crash tests.

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

This is the convertible version of the standard VW Golf and won the CarBuyer Best Convertible award in 2012 and 2013.  It has quality, performance and in terms of depreciation will be worth 54.9% of its list price after three years and 36,000  miles.  Spacious and practical it will serve your needs for some time to come.  Several trim options and petrol and diesel engines offer a wide range of choice, the roof opens up quickly.   It also drives quietly at high speeds and doesn’t have the same kind of body shakes over bumpy, uneven surfaces that other soft top cars have.

At the luxury end Porsche hold their value extremely well:

  • Cayenne (diesel, 2010-):  84.2% of list price retained after three years/30,000 miles.
  • 911 GT Coupe (2009-12):  72.2% of list price retained after three years/30,000 miles.

Other more affordable options include:

  • Toyota Land Cruiser V8 diesel SW (2008-11): 72.4% of list price retained after three years/30,000 miles.
  • BMW X3 (2010-): 70.3% of list price retained after three years/30,000 miles.
  • Skoda Yeti (diesel, 2009-):  69.9% of list price retained after three years/30,000 miles.
  • Kia Sportage (2010-): 68.2% of list price retained after three years/30,000 miles.
  • Fiat 500 Abarth (2009-):  63.5% of list price retained after three years/30,000 miles.

Another thing to think about when buying a car is that a lot of learners learn to drive in a Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen clubs and these cars are well known as good ‘first cars’. Which means they will remain in demand.

Tell us your views below about what cars you think hold their value and why.

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