Complete list of used cars that hold their value best – and those that don’t

Complete list of used cars that hold their value best - and those that don't

Due to supply chain problems, used car prices are currently skyrocketing – and if you choose the right model, you may even get your money back if you decide to sell.

However, research also shows that some cars have fallen in value dramatically – some as much as 63% in just three years. The research by theory app Zutobi showed that Mercedes, Range Rover and Volkswagen are the brands that retain their value the most.

Peugeot was found to hold their value the least after the company looked at 150 of the most popular cars to find out which cars are a pre-owned bargain – and which have barely increased in price.

Used cars that keep their value

Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback

This ‘entry-level’ Mercedes would still have set you back about €24,100 three years ago. However, Zutobi found that this model now sells for £22,887 on the second-hand market – a drop in value of just 5.03%.

Range Rover Sport

A beast of a car – with a beast of a price tag. The Sport model is slightly smaller than a standard Range Rover, but still cost £64,760 new three years ago. Now these cars go for around £60,593 – down 5.8%.

Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is a small 4×4 produced by Jeep since the mid-1980s. The current edition costs just under £60,000 and after three years will have an average value of over £52,000 – down 8.43%.

Mini One

This popular Mini model is a slightly cheaper version of the Mini range, with a slightly smaller motor than more expensive models. But the car holds its value – dropping just £1,468 from £17,415 new to £15,947 now.

Volkswagen Polo

The hatchback Polo from Volkswagen is not only practical and reliable, it is also quite expensive to buy second-hand. The car cost around £18,855 in 2019, but still costs around £17,105 now – a drop of just 9.2%. But if you’re looking for a bargain, check out the cars that hold their value the least.

Used cars that retain their value the least

Renault Zoe

Anyone who bought this electric car three years ago will struggle to get much in return, but that’s good news for buyers. The electric supermini cost £30,495, but has depreciated by more than 63% in three years to £11,109 now.

Peugeot 3008

The Peugeot 3008 has the second highest depreciation rate of all cars surveyed. The car costs around £22,735 new, but fell in value by 62% – to just £8,522.

3) MG ZS

This SUV model from MG costs €27,745 new – but buy it used and you’ll pay about 61.47% less, just €10,690.

Audi A3 Sportback

This sporty Audi would cost you £25,165 in the forecourts three years ago. But anyone buying one used would now pay just £9,696 – down from £15,469, or 61.47%.

5) Land Rover Defender

A surprising addition to the list – the popular Defender doesn’t hold its value well. The car would cost you close to £50 when new – £45,690. But the same car being sold now would be worth around £18,080 – a 60.43% drop.

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