Top 10 slowest-depreciating electric and hybrid cars 2022
Want to limit the amount you lose on a new car? These are the electric and hybrid models that hold on to the greatest proportion of their initial purchase price
It's almost impossible to buy a new car without losing potentially thousands of pounds in depreciation the moment you leave the showroom. Leasing or financing can limit that uncertainty, but almost all new-car deals factor this cost into the monthly payments – meaning you’ll end up footing the bill one way or another.
Of course, some cars fare worse than others, and one way of limiting the amount you’re set to lose is by opting for a car with a particularly strong residual value (RV).
A number of factors come into play when assigning these values, but demand versus supply is often the most important consideration. Cars in high demand will often benefit from strong residual values – retaining a greater proportion of their value when the time comes to sell.
But don’t think for a second that it’s only cars with a prestige or luxury badge that post impressive RVs. Here, we line up the slowest-depreciating electric and hybrid cars according to CDL Vehicle Information Services (CDL VIS) June 2022 numbers. The percentage numbers indicate how much of the car’s initial value it should retain after three years or 36,000 miles on the road. Suffice to say, a quick glance at the list throws up one or two surprises…
We’ve also listed the fastest-depreciating electric and hybrid cars, too, so make sure you also check out our round-up of the models that drop most in value. You never know, it may open up the possibility of a keen secondhand bargain.
Slowest-depreciating electric cars
1. Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo (70.41%)
Every version of the Porsche Taycan holds onto its value well, but if avoiding depreciation is your number-one concern, then the practical Cross Turismo in Turbo guise is the one to go for. Take this with a large pinch of salt, though – as the most expensive model, while the percentage of its value lost is smaller, the overall amount may be more substantial.
2. Porsche Taycan RWD (69.14%)
From the most expensive to the cheapest: Porsche’s entry-level, rear-wheel-drive Taycan saloon finishes second in our list of the slowest-depreciating electric cars. But, as hinted above, while in percentage terms it’s not as strong as the flagship Cross Turismo, you’ll actually lose less cash on this RWD model.
3. MINI Electric (63.87%)
While many of the slowest-depreciating electric and hybrid cars are high-end luxury vehicles, the MINI Electric proves that some more mainstream models keep their value well too. It could be a good-value option if you’re looking to dip your toe into EV ownership, as high prices (compared to a Nissan Leaf or Renault ZOE) are offset by good residuals. The mid-spec ‘2’ is the best-performing in the range, with the Resolute special edition not far behind at 61.2%.
4. Volkswagen ID.3 (63.72%)
Another more affordable offering on this list is the Volkswagen ID.3. And it’s a pleasant surprise to discover that the slowest depreciator in the whole range is the popular Family spec with the Pro Performance powertrain. But the majority of models, whether you pick the cheaper Life or the top-spec Tour, offer residual values of around 60%.
5. Volkswagen ID.Buzz (63.42%)
Volkswagen’s ID. cars are clearly performing well for resale values, even if their interiors leave something to be desired. The ID.Buzz, the MPV and van that’s based on the classic Type 2 Bus, has caught the attention of buyers even though it’s not been on sale for very long. Whether you choose the Life, Style or 1st Edition spec, they’re all projected to retain around 63% of their value after three years.
6. Audi e-tron GT (62.94%)
If your choice is between the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT, you’ll get more money back on the Porsche. But the Audi has a decent return in its own right, with the best-performing model being the standard car with the optional Comfort & Sound pack ticked. With that being said, if you don’t tick the pack you get a similar proportion of your money back, while the expensive e-tron GT Vorsprung model isn’t quite so good.
7. Toyota bZ4X (62.28%)
The Toyota bZ4X may be one of the newest SUVs on the block, but it’s predicted to retain more of its value than many of its rivals. It’s good to see that the entry-level Pure model being the best performer; even this rear-wheel-drive version is well-equipped with a heat pump and wireless Apple CarPlay.
8. Renault Megane E-TECH Electric (62.09%)
Renault made no attempt to hide its benchmarking of the Volkswagen ID.3 in its development of the Megane E-TECH Electric. The result is a car that’s very similar in a number of areas, including price, size and resale values. Like some other cars on this list, it’s the cheapest model that offers the most when you come to sell it on. The Equilibre misses out on some of the styling tweaks of the higher-spec cars, but it does come with LED headlights and a large portrait touchscreen.
9. Cupra Born (61.87%)
Another clear rival to the ID.3, the Cupra Born goes one further than the Megane by sharing plenty of parts with VW’s EV hatch. It’s a sportier take on the ID.3 formula, with sharper styling, copper touches and e-Boost versions that are a little more powerful. The top-spec e-Boost is the best performer on paper, but all versions of the Born manage over 60%.
10. Vauxhall Mokka-e (60.32%)
In case you were starting to think that a car needs to cost top dollar in order to appear on this list, the Vauxhall Mokka-e is here to put your mind at rest. Go for the top ‘Ultimate’ trim level and not only will you get the best the Mokka-e has to offer, but you’ll also only spend just over £30,000 – and see a nice chunk of this back when the time comes to sell.
Slowest-depreciating hybrid cars
1. Range Rover Sport (72.34%)
The first of several Land Rover models in our list, the Range Rover Sport has always been a strong performer on the used market. It’s no longer the diesels that post the most favourable residuals; the P440e plug-in hybrid in SE guise is expected to return a staggering 72%. You get all the usual luxury features, a commanding driving experience, plus the potential for rock-bottom running costs.
2. Volkswagen Multivan (72.18%)
If you’re weighing up the Volkswagen Multivan and ID.Buzz for your futuristic family van, the latter is likely to be cheaper to run but the Multivan PHEV could be worth more when it’s time to resell. It’s the entry-level Life trim that offers the best residuals, in either short or long-wheelbase versions. The higher-spec Style returns around 66%.
3. Range Rover (70.11%)
The full-size Range Rover PHEV is predicted to be worth nearly as much as the Sport after three years and 36,000 miles. You’ll need the P440e SE derivative for the best residual values, and you’ll also need a deep pocket to be able to afford the six-figure initial price. Those that can stomach the asking price will revel in the sumptuous materials and state-of-the-art tech found in one of the most luxurious cars on sale.
4. Porsche Cayenne Coupé E-Hybrid (67.22%)
Porsche is a top performer in our list of the slowest-depreciating hybrid cars. The first of three models in the top 10, the Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid beats its more practical SUV sibling – and by a surprising 8%. Only pick the 7kW charger option if you’re going to use it, as used buyers won’t want to pay extra for a car that has it.
5. Range Rover Evoque (65.45%)
Land Rover has struggled with reliability and build quality issues in recent years, but that doesn’t seem to be harming the firm’s desirability. The Range Rover Evoque – the baby Range Rover – offers decent residual values at around half the price of the brand’s larger cars. The R-Dynamic models with their sportier body kits tend to command the best prices when it’s time to sell.
6. Volvo V60 (64.8%)
If you’re a fan of the traditional estate car, odds are that you’ve already looked at the Volvo V60. This sophisticated wagon offers plenty of boot and passenger space, a stylish interior with an infotainment system and controls that are easy to use, and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. In plug-in hybrid form, it’ll return up to 27 miles of battery range. Ultimate spec with the Dark trim package is by far and away the best performer for resale values.
7. Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo E-Hybrid (63.21%)
Just like the Taycan Cross Turismo beats its saloon sibling in the list of the slowest depreciating electric cars, the more practical Sport Turismo version of the Panamera trumps its conventional counterpart in the hybrid rundown – although only by 0.07%. The Panamera perfectly blends its prestige badge and classy interior with the performance and handling you’d more readily associate with a lightweight sports car.
8. Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid (63.14%)
The plug-in hybrid Porsche Panamera is an in-demand machine, so residual values are decent across the range. It’s the least expensive version that offers the best figures, and it doesn’t really matter if you pick four or five seats, or add the 7.2kW charger – you’ll get a similar percentage back.
9. Volvo XC40 (63.12%)
One of the less expensive cars on this list is the more humble yet impressive Volvo XC40. As a matter of fact, every variant of this model, both hybrid and electric, makes an appearance towards the top of the overall slowest depreciators list. Every XC40 should retain at least 51% of its initial value, but for the highest percentage, you’ll want to go for the ‘Core’ trim level with the chrome-lined Bright pack.
10. Range Rover Velar (62.64%)
Sitting between the Evoque and the Sport, the Velar is a rival to cars like the Jaguar F-Pace and Audi Q5. In plug-in hybrid form it offers very good residual values, with the high-spec R-Dynamic HSE expected to return 62.64% of what you initially paid for it. The SE trim isn’t far behind and is noticeably cheaper, yet still comes lavishly equipped.
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