These ten new cars worth almost nothing 3 years after purchase

When purchasing a car, the price is mainly considered, but the trade-in value is almost as important. The British consumer site What Car? put together a top 10 of new cars that are the most stable in value after three years and the ten models that depreciate the most.

Some cars already lose 75 percent of their value after just three years, according to a study by What Car? Other models have fallen by only thirty percent at the same time. Trade-in value champions mainly include electric cars. A study of more than 7,000 different cars shows that new electric and hybrid vehicles retain an average of 47 percent of their market value.

This means that on average they beat both gasoline and diesel models. The car that remains the most valuable after three years is strangely enough not an electric car, but the Evoque R-Dynamic P250 from Range Rover. This model is only worth 30 percent less after three years. Hybrid models from Porsche and Audi also scored well in the study, all with retention of around 65 percent of their original price.

These ten new cars worth almost nothing 3 years after purchase
©Maserati – Maserati Quattroporte V6 Diesel.


Slightly more affordable Toyota hybrid models – the Prius and RAV4 – completed the list. Both models retained around 63 percent of their original new price. But not all electric cars turned out to be a good investment. The owner of a Renault Zoe I Dynamique Nav only receives 29.3 percent of the original new price after three years of driving. The Italian manufacturer Fiat is also not doing well with its Doblo XL Combi and Tipo Easy Plus, which retain only about 26 percent of their value after three years.

Although the British results do not automatically apply to all cars sold in other countries, the study does give an indication of the sensitivity to the depreciation of certain models. The residual value of a car naturally has a lot to do with supply and demand in the market. Porsches, for example, are also very popular some countries. But that a Toyota scores well, has to do with the proven technical reliability of this brand, also in the longer term.

Top 10 cars that depreciate the least, residual value after three years:

  • 1: Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic P250 70.1 percent
  • 2: Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid 65.2 percent
  • 3: Audi e-Tron 55 Quattro 65.1 percent
  • 4: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo 4E-Hybrid 64.9 percent
  • 5: Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 2.5 64.5 percent
  • 6: Audi Q8 S Line 55 TFSI Quattro 64.4 percent
  • 7: Alpine A 110 Pure 64.1 percent
  • 8: Porsche Macan 2.0 T 63.9 percent
  • 9: Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVTI Hybrid 2WD 63.0 percent
  • 10: Prius Active 1.8 VVTI 62.9 percent

Top 10 cars that depreciate the most, residual value after three years:

  • 1: Fiat Doblo XL Combi 1.6 Multijet 120 26.1 percent
  • 2: Renault Zoe i Dynamique R110 40 kWh 26.6 percent
  • 3: Fiat Tipo Easy Plus 1.6 Multijet DDCT 27.5 percent
  • 4: Maserati Quattroporte V6 Diesel 27.7 percent
  • 5: Opel Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTi 136 Car 28.0 percent
  • 6: Peugeot 308 SW Active 1.5 Blue HDi 100 28.1 percent
  • 7: Jaguar XJ Luxury LWB 3.0 V6 Diesel 28.7 percent
  • 8: Hyundai i40 SE Nav 1.6 CRDi 29.7 percent
  • 9: BMW 4 Series Convertible Sport Prof 420d 30.3 percent
  • 10: Infiniti Luxe 3.5h 30.4 percent

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