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The Telegraph has posted a top twenty list which outlines CAP’s findings and reveals the best models to avoid depreciation over the next three years.
The list, created for the Telegraph by CAP, reveals the top twenty cars which lose buyers the least money over a period of three years or 30,000 miles.
Top of the list in first position is the Volkswagen Fox which is worth just £4,014 less than the day it was bought (calculated using the average drop in value for all models in the range).
The remainder of the list is similarly dominated by small cars which were inexpensive to start with and have retained their value remarkably well. One of the reasons for this is due to supply and demand – many people are opting for used small city cars and superminis in a bid to reduce their motoring costs and be kinder on the environment.
The Hyundai i10 came second on the list, losing just £4,036 in three years, with the Nissan Pixo a close third at a loss of £4,309.
The second list created by CAP reveals which cars lose value most slowly as a percentage of the original list price, proving that small cars cannot beat larger and more expensive cars when it comes to measuring depreciation in percentage terms.
The Porsche Cayenne topped the list, holding a remarkable 84.2 per cent of its original price after three years.
It is true to say that amongst the winners in this list, there were plenty of upmarket prestigious brands to make up the top 20, but there were also a few surprises. For example, Toyota’s Land Cruiser V8 came second in the list holding on to 74 per cent on its original price after three years. Third place went to the Skoda Yeti at 69.9 per cent, holding its value better than a Land Rover Discovery 4 at 69.2 per cent and the Audi Q5 at 69.1 per cent.
There were also some relatively obscure cars to make the top 20 to include the Corvette Z06 Coupé (65.6%) and Corvette C6 Coupé (63.6%), despite being sold in limited numbers and available in left-hand drive only.
For further information or to access both of the CAP lists, visit www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring