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Which cars hold their value the best?

By raccars Published

The future value of your car is pretty important when looking to buy new. The cars listed here are strong performers when it comes to resale, and make for a solid investment.

Audi A1 Audi’s first supermini is a desirable little runner that is perfect for those that like their hatchbacks a little more classy. Apart from being well-made, stylish and efficient, the A1 holds onto its retail value very well, with over 60% remaining after three years. Running an A1 through RAC’s car valuation tool, we found that a 2012 1.4 Sportback had an upper resale price of £11,450, which is great given that this car originally retailed for £19,695.

Abarth 500 Fiat’s chic 500 model is popular and cheap to buy, with good depreciation that makes it a firm favourite amongst younger drivers. However, for those with a bit more cash in their pocket, the Fiat’s hot hatch cousin is an even better deal with better residuals and performance. In fact, a three-year old Abarth 500 will still fetch up to £8,250, almost 60% of its original retail price.

Kia Sportage This family-friendly crossover received a minor facelift and plenty of new tech in 2014, including fancy gear such as rain-sensitive wipers. These new features have helped the Sportage to age a little more gracefully, and probably contribute to it retaining more than half of its value. Our valuation tool found that a 2012 1.6 returned just over £10,000 of an original £17,465.

Jeep Wrangler In a similar fashion to the Land Rover, getting a Jeep in the first place is oftentimes a lifelong investment. Due to their low sales and sturdy build, the Wrangler holds value very well, meaning that when you still have one years down the line it will still be worth and considerable sum of money. A 2.8 Overland spec. Wrangler goes for up to £18,950 three years down the line, which is great considering this model is over £30,000 new.

Porsche 911 Porsche’s classic sports car is seemingly timeless, and thus highly sought after – so much so in fact, that the 911 is one of the top ten slowest depreciating cars, with just under 60% value remaining after three years. Despite its strong depreciation, the Porsche still loses a relatively large amount of money, but only because of its steep asking price – out of £88,595, £58,050 isn’t bad.

Range Rover Evoque This compact SUV has been a massive success for Range Rover, consequently becoming one of their flagship vehicles. SUVs aren’t known for their depreciation but the Evoque is a definite exception, still holding a big part of their value after three years. We found that a three-year old Evoque goes for around £24,280, with its current retail price at £43,000.

Toyota Prius The popularity of the Prius is often attributed to its frugal fuel consumption and tiny emissions, but another reason you may want to get your hands on one is simply due to its impressive depreciation, which our valuation tool puts at £16,120 (from £23,295) after three years.

Curious to know how much your motor might be worth down the line? Check out our car valuation tool for a quick and easy estimation, or take a look at our piece on 'which cars depreciate the most.'

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