Two expert car publications have compiled a list of the top five cars that hold their value - essential reading for those buying a new car, newsrt.co.uk reports.
Buying a brand new vehicle can be a tricky business. Recent research reveals that a large proportion of car buyers are ultimately not satisfied with their choice. One of the biggest frustrations is depreciation, but fortunately, Auto Trader and This Is Money have revealed the models which, in their opinion, best hold their value.
By comparing a car's original price with its value 12 months later, the experts were able to identify five models, all of which were 4x4s. In fifth and fourth respectively came the Audi Q5 2.0TDI Quattro, which retained 88 per cent of its value and the Range Rover Sport 3.0TD SE Auto, which fared marginally better with 88.5 per cent.
In third spot was the Toyota Land Cruiser 4.5 D, retaining 93 per cent and not quite hitting the top spot was the Land Rover Discover 4 3.0TD, which was worth a valiant 94.5 per cent of its original value a year on.
The winner, however, was the Skoda Yeti 2.0TDI CR Elegance, which, although the cheapest of the five cars, retained 99 per cent of its value. Auto Trader said that the model had "struck a chord with the nation" with its low operating costs, good looks and relatively small availability.
Such a desirable motor ought to perhaps be fitted with a vehicle tracking system to improve its standard security measures, something that all new car buyers might want to think about regardless of the model they eventually choose.
At the other end of the scale, writes thisismoney.co.uk, is the Volvo S80 T6 AWD SE Lux, which retained just 27 per cent of its original value. Simply put, "this Volvo just isn't popular".