Cars are a big investment so choosing the right one requires careful consideration. Whilst it’s easy to get fixated on performance, colour, size, trim and tech (the list goes on), one of the key factors to consider is how well your vehicle retains its value.

Firstly, it’s important to remember that all cars Depreciate over time. So, when the time comes to sell your car on, it will almost always be worth less than the amount you originally paid.

With brand-new cars, the depreciation curve is exceptionally steep. But by opting for a car that retains its value, the difference between the original purchase price and the resale value, is often significantly less.

So, to help you get the most out of your investment, we’ve put together our list of top 10 cars for retaining value.

1. Porsche Cayenne


Porsche have a reputation built on performance and quality, so it’s no surprise to see that Porsche own some of the best cars for retaining value.  

While the 911 is also an option, we’ve gone for the Porsche Cayenne as our top pick. It’s a beautiful vehicle inside and out, as you would expect for a car of this ilk.

But it also fought depreciation, with market research by CAP showing it kept 84% of its value after 3 years and 30,000 miles.

2. Toyota Land Cruiser


If you want a rugged off-roader that has the right balance of comfort and quality, then the Toyota Land Cruiser is an excellent option.

It doesn’t look out of place on a country road or a city street, and it’s got weight to it that makes it feel as safe to drive as a family car.

What’s more, this land cruise keeps 74% of its value after 3 years. So, you can get a deal when the time comes to sell it on.

3. BMW X3


One of the highest quality SUVs on the market. If you’re fed up of your current ride, the BMW X3 will put plenty of excitement back into driving. For a car this size, it drives smoothly, thanks in part to the great suspension.

It’s nice and spacious, with a large boot big enough for suitcases, buggies, golf bags – you name it. It’s also a smart investment, keeping 70% of its value after 3 years.

4. Skoda Yeti


Skoda are a leading name in quality family cars. And while the Yeti may not be as spacious compared to other crossovers, it’s certainly a comfortable, safe family car that retains its value well.

Named one of the best-named cars on the market, the Skoda Yeti is a great investment and will hold 69% of its value after 3 years.

5. Land Rover Discovery


You might be sensing a pattern in these big rugged vehicles on the list. These SUVs have been built to last.

The Land Rover Discovery is one of the most beautiful vehicles on the market, thanks to the luxurious interior design and the classic, iconic exterior shape and styling.

Not a cheap car by any means, but when you invest, you’ll keep around 69% of the value 3 years later.

6. Kia Sportage


It may feel a little less premium than the BWM X3 and Porsche Cayenne, but the Kia Sportage is certainly no less a vehicle when it comes to build quality.

And with a 7-year manufacturer warranty, Kia are making a big statement. It’s a great family car, with lots of excellent equipment as standard, and plenty of space inside for added comfort. After 3 years, the Sportage retains approximately 68% of its original value.

7. Audi A1 Diesel


It’s not just SUVs that retain their value well. The Audi A1 diesel is excellent at retaining its value over the years.

One of the smartest looking superminis on the market, it comes with an intelligent infotainment system that simply screams “car of the future”.

A smooth drive with lots of excellent safety technology inside, it’s a great premium starter car and will keep approximately 63% of its value after 3 years.

8. Fiat 500 Abarth


The sporty twin to the quirky original, the Fiat 500 Abarth puts the heart of a racing car inside the body of an oddball.

The Fiat 500 has one of the most distinctive looks on the market. So, you’ll surprise more than a few people when the Abarth part of its make-up kicks in and has you racing away from the lights.

It’s also surprisingly cheap to run. And when the time does come to sell, its good at keeping value, retaining around 63% of its original selling price after 3 years/30,000 miles.

9. Peugeot 3008


One of the more recent entries into the lucrative crossover SUV market, the Peugeot 3008 was worth the wait.

The 3008 has slightly aggressive styling on the outside, while the inside has been carefully designed with great attention to detail.

But it’s the quality of the build that has helped it beat depreciation and retain approximately 55% of its value after 3 years.

10. Volkswagen California


The spiritual successor of the iconic VW campervan, the Volkswagen California has lost a little bit of the charm that made the original so beloved by hippies and surfers alike.

Despite the lack of style, it’s an excellent campervan, able to fit you and a few others comfortably inside with everything you need for a great holiday.

And if you do decide to sell up after a few years free-spirited travel, you’ll get back around 61% of its original value after 3 years.

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