WE MAY criticise their forbidding interiors, moan about the brutal efficiency with which they go about their business and complain about their high prices but one thing is for sure: German cars (at least, some of them) won’t turn around and bite you come resale time.
We’re talking about depreciation, the hole in your car’s pocket through which its value leaks away ‒ and according to CAP, the car price experts, German cars are the best at resisting it.
It has identified the slowest depreciating new cars over three years and 60,000 miles, in the 10 most popular vehicle sectors. With the exception of one Ferrari, they’re all German.
A car’s depreciation is influenced by many things including how desirable it is, its specification level, its fuel efficiency, how easy it is to haggle a discount and whether it’s reaching the end of its model cycle. On all these measures, and more, German cars score consistently highly.
As you’ll see from the amount of hard cash they lose, our top 10 new cars are not immune to depreciation but compared with their rivals, they’ll keep more of your money. See them below, and then go to www.cap.co.uk/consumer to find out how your next new car will fare in the depreciation wars.
VW Up 1.0 Take Up!
Worth after 3yrs/60k miles: £3,725 (45.82%)
We say: A great name and if depreciation’s on your mind, an invitation worth considering.
Audi A1 1.6 TDI SE 3dr
Worth after 3yrs/60k miles: £6,875 (45.47%)
We say: The A1’s image and economy protect it from the worst ravages of depreciation.
Audi A3 1.6 TDI SE
Worth after 3yrs/60k miles: £10,175 (49.69%)
We say: Image and economy for sure, but the recently launched A3 has longevity, too.
BMW 420d SE
Worth after 3yrs/60k miles: £13,575 (43.07%)
We say: All the above, with lashings of desirability and good looks into the bargain.
BMW 518d SE
Worth after 3yrs/60k miles: £13,325 (44.75%)
We say: As solid as the Bundesbank (and paying almost as much in interest).
Mercedes S350 BlueTEC SE Line auto
Worth after 3yrs/60k miles: £25,525 (40.87%)
We say: Not a bad return for a limo, thanks to its recent arrival and that top-drawer image.
Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet
Worth after 3yrs/60k miles: £41,875 (51.24%)
We say: Still a whopping cash loss but otherwise, like legal tender.
Porsche Cayenne diesel Tiptronic S
Worth after 3yrs/60k miles: £25,675 (54.18%)
We say: Famous for sports cars but Porsche is fast becoming the SUV maker of choice.
Porsche Cayman 2.7
Worth after 3yrs/60k miles: £22,375 (56.37%)
We say: Rarified classics aside, as close to money in the bank as motoring gets.
Ferrari 458 Italia auto
Worth after 3yrs/60k miles: £83,200 (46.9%)
We say: Ferrari’s promise to limit supply can only improve this model’s outlook.