We all know that, the minute you drive your new car out of the dealership, its value drops dramatically – but there are some models that will hold their worth far better than others.
Here are the cars that best hold their value, according to Mark Bulmer, Black Book editor at automotive data experts cap hpi:
Renault Sandero Stepway
The Stepway’s SUV styling and raised ride height give it a greater measure of desirability than the Sandero hatchback it is based on. You have to pay a bit more for these looks, but the Stepway still offers excellent value for money.
The A1 comes in both three and five-door versions and has everything you would expect to see on Audi’s larger cars – stylish front LED lights, the bold Audi grill and modern lines along the sides. This is a sleek, attractive vehicle and is one of the most appealing small cars you can buy. This may be the smallest Audi, but six airbags have helped earn it five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests and you can opt for the same safety technology that you will find on larger more expensive models.
The Macan is like a large hot hatchback, whilst at the same time a medium sized Luxury SUV. This car has been built with the emphasis on performance and driver enjoyment rather than a load carrying SUV. Other similar vehicles fail to match the driving dynamics and build quality of the Macan.
This stylish Toyota is a true crossover between SUV and a coupe and this look has proved very popular with car buyers. The car comes in hybrid and petrol derivatives and both have proved to be popular. Competition in this sector is strong but this stylish car has proved its metal and is already a top selling hybrid.
Ford Focus RS
The Focus RS is a very easy car to drive. Behind the wheel in everyday traffic, the car is easy to drive and makes a daily commute a more pleasant experience. However, when pushed this car very quickly becomes a high-performance hatch back with real sure-footedness when pushed into corners. This car has a loyal following that continues to hold this vehicle in high regard and as long as the manufacturer continues to control overall volumes it looks set to hold it cult like status.
Mercedes Benz CLA coupe
The CLA is the 4-door version of the A-Class and is available in shooting brake shape. This striking looking vehicle has proved popular especially for the driver who likes to drive something that stands out from the norm. The build quality is premium quality and although some headroom is lost in the rear of the vehicle, the striking look of the vehicle seems to offset the loss of headroom.
Starting from scratch is never a quick, easy or cheap thing for a carmaker to do. Honda really have stated from the ground up with the latest Civic model. This model looks at first glance to be much larger than previous incarnations. The car drives really well and competes well with similar sized vehicles.
Peugeot 3008 1.2 Puretech Active
This car has been a revelation, in its second carnation it has come back as a SUV after first being a MPV back in 2009. The new vehicle is a complete transformation, its market-leading exterior is only matched by a cockpit you might expect to find on a much more expensive vehicle. This SUV has left some similar vehicles in its wake and this is reflected in its strong second-hand values.
Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet SZ3
A city car sized SUV has been very well received into the market. Its quirky styling and it robust Suzuki 4×4 heritage has soon pushed this vehicle that should be considered when buying a car of this size.