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Which Cars Depreciate the Least?

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Everyone knows that new cars suffer a massive depreciation hit as soon as they leave the dealership forecourt, which only really begins to slow down about three years later. While this is great for used car buyers, be aware that some cars retain much more value than others. The following are identified by CAP Automotive as those that best retain their value past the three year timescale or past 60,000 miles.

Jeep Wrangler

The venerable SUV retains on average 53.7% of its value after three years, assuming mileage of 20,000 per year.

Porsche 911

The world's favourite sports car starts to look like a sensible purchase if you consider that it's still worth 54.2% of its original purchase price after three years.

Toyota Prius

Good for your wallet as well as your conscience, the Prius matches the Porsche with 54.2% of value held after three years.

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari has carefully followed a policy of limiting production at its factories in order to boost demand - and it's clearly working, as even its 'mainstream' models like the 458 can still be worth 55.3% of its list price three years later.

Toyota Land Cruiser

The Land Cruiser is held in far more reverence abroad than in the UK, where it is considered a pale imitation of our own Land Rovers. However it's reliable, practical and does retain 56.9% of its value after three years of ownership.

Mazda CX-5

Although it has never achieved the status of the Nissan Qashqai, the CX-5 displays a number of the same virtues which, along with being a member of the super popular SUV class, means it can boast 57% of its original value after three years.

Porsche Boxster

The Porsche Boxster is not only a relative bargain to buy, it also hangs on to its value well - 58% after three years.

Audi A1

One of the smartest superminis around, the Audi A1 is also one of the most expensive - and remains so even at three years of age, retaining 60% of its original value.

Audi Q3

The same goes for the Q3, a stylish and competent crossover, which does even better at 61.6%.

Range Rover Evoque

The junior Range Rover has been a massive success for Land Rover and holds its value better than anything else on the market. After three years, you can still expect to pay 67% of the list price for a used version.

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