If you want to avoid your new car dropping dramatically in value once you have driven it away from a dealership then go for a small hatchback.
That’s the advice from automotive data experts cap hpi who have compiled a short-list of depreciation busting cars – vehicles that represent a great brand new purchase for drivers.
Top of the list is the Ford Ka about which Mark Bulmer, Black Book editor at cap hpi says: “Ford introduced a car with five doors that’s only a fraction smaller than Britain’s top seller, the Ford Fiesta, and priced it from less than £10,000.
“The car is well finished both inside and out. Its competitive price is backed up with low insurance bandings ranging from group one for the 75hp model – the only five-door car in this class to achieve the minimum rating – to group five for the higher-powered Zetec.”
This is followed by the Dacia Sandero Stepway and Audi A1 while in fourth place comes a surprise – the Porsche Macan, about which Mark says: “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.”
The rest of the list of best cars for depreciation consists of the Toyota C-HR, Ford Focus RS, Mercedes Benz CLA-Class, Honda Civic, VW California, Lexus IS 300h, Peugeot 3008, Suzuki Ignis and Dacia Duster.