The 10 best cars for beating depreciation

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The new car market can be a difficult place. Yes, buying a new car means you have the latest products with all-new technologies at your disposal, but it's also a big financial decision.

New cars can be expensive, but if you buy carefully, you might just find that dream car isn't quite as unattainable as you thought. However, make a mistake and you could find yourself with an expensive motor no one wants to buy off you.

Auto Express has teamed up with car valuation experts CAP to produce a list of cars that hold their value the best over a typical three-year ownership period. It's dominated by SUVs and sports cars, but there are a few more affordable gems in there, too.

In 10th place it's the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, which holds 61.7 per cent of its value. In ninth place it's a much humbler vehicle – the Audi A1 is the premium city car option, costing about £25,000, but it holds 62.3 per cent of its value, making it a very enticing option.

The 10 best cars for beating depreciation

The 10 best cars for beating depreciation


Next it's the Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover, which isn't a particularly well-loved car by critics, but is clearly rather sought after in the used car market as it holds on to 63 per cent of its value.

Next it's the Range Rover Sport, Lexus NX and standard Range Rover, proving that if you want a safe bet you should buy an SUV.

Next up, the Porsche 911 and Lamborghini Aventador, which show how valuable high-end sports cars can be for two very different reasons. The 911 has grown a reputation as the ultimate driver's car, while the Aventador's exclusivity means there's always a steady flow of customers. Each loses about a third of its value in three years.

In second place, another Porsche, this time the Macan. The SUV has brand appeal and excellent build quality going for it, retaining an impressive 78.4 per cent of its value.

But the top spot goes to the Ferrari 458. Like the Aventador, high desirability and limited supply mean that customers are fighting over every example that hits forecourts. Over the course of ownership, it holds an incredible 93.5 per cent of its original cost.