Volkswagen's Tiguan is the value-holding winner after one year, retaining 89.5 percent of its value.
Johannesburg - Here's the situation: You’re interested in buying vehicle X but your car-guy mate has warned that this particular brand holds poor resale values. He suggests vehicle Y instead.

While it’s possible your buddy’s comment is based on factual figures, it’s also often the case that beliefs of vehicle depreciation are built on inaccurate perceptions. So, to help separate some fact from fiction, here’s a random sampling of trade-in values taken from the latest TransUnion Auto Dealers’ Guide - that handy little book car dealers use to determine what they’ll offer on trade-in towards your next purchase.

The chart reflects value retention for a list of new 2017-model cars after one year. We wanted the exercise to include models which can still be bought new today, and besides, it’s in the first year that a vehicle’s value goes through its steepest decline. The general trend is for cars to drop between 20 and 25 percent of their value, which means they’re worth between 75 and 80 percent of their original price one year on.

There are some interesting exceptions though, with vehicles like Subaru’s XV and Jeep’s Grand Cherokee dropping by around a third in value, and others such as Porsche’s Boxster and VW’s Tiguan retaining almost 90% of their original price.

This list represents a random cross section of 2017 models, listing the new price, followed by the current trade-in value, and in brackets the percentage of the original prices they’ve retained. 

Please note this is just a guide, and actual values can fluctuate according to mileage, condition, colour, options and regional popularity among other factors.

Car New Now Percentage
Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4T: R319 900 R247 200 77.3%
Audi A1 1.0T: R286 000 R222 900 77.9%
Audi A4 2.0D: R559 000 R419 600 75.0%
BMW 120i 2.0T: R463 784 R356 900 77.0%
BMW 740i 3.0T: R1 445 576 R1 102 400 76.3%
Chery QQ3 1.1: R114 995 R83 800 72.9%
Datsun Go 1.2: R106 900 R84 000 78.6%
Fiat 500 875cc: R204 900 R153 500 74.9%
Ford Figo 1.5: R187 900 R145 400 77.4%
Ford Mustang 5.0: R873 900 R707 700 81.0%
Honda Brio 1.2: R179 700 R143 200 79.7%
Honda CR-V 2.0: R394 400 R301 700 76.5%
Hyundai i20 1.4: R261 900 R203 100 77.5%
Hyundai 1.6T: R534 900 R421 700 78.8%
Jaguar F-Pace 2.0T: R794 466 R635 200 80.0%
Jaguar F-Type 5.0S: R2 074 286 R1 599 500 77.1%
Jeep Renegade 2.4: R498 900 R376 000 75.4%
Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0CRD: R1 070 900 R745 000 69.6%
Kia Rio 1.4: R248 995 R194 900 78.3%
Kia Sorento 2.2D: R686 995 R521 800 76.0%
Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0T: R748 478 R585 900 78.3%
Land Rover RR Sport 3.0D: R1 337 810 R1 043 400 78.0%
Lexus IS 2.0T: R659 100 R500 900 76.0%
Lexus RX 3.5: R907 700 R688 400 75.9%
Mahindra KUV 100 1.2: R177 995 R137 400 77.2%
Mahindra XUV 500 2.2D: R327 995 R253 800 77.4%
Mazda CX-3 2.0: R310 700 R256 700 82.6%
Mazda3 sedan 1.6: R296 700 R232 800 78.5%
Mercedes A250 2.0T: R554 822 R462 700 83.4%
Mercedes C300 2.0T: R695 922 R571 900 82.2%
Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 5.5T: R2 083 884 R1 785 900 85.7%
Mercedes-AMG C63 4.0T: R1 211 908 R1 010 400 83.4%
Mini Cooper 1.5T: R346 000 R270 300 78.1%
Mini Countryman S 2.0T: R512 806 R418 300 81.6%
Mitsubishi ASX 2.0: R414 900 R314 200 75.7%
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2.5D: R589 900 R461 100 78.2%
Nissan Juke 1.2T: R292 900 R230 900 78.8%
Nissan X-Trail 2.0: R370 900 R294 900 79.5%
Opel Adam 1.0T: R230 700 R181 500 78.7%
Opel Astra 1.6T: R402 700 R317 400 78.8%
Peugeot 208 1.2T: R224 900 R176 900 78.7%
Porsche Boxster 2.0T: R884 000 R782 900 88.6%
Porsche Macan 3.0T: R1 112 200 R977 700 87.9%
Renault Kwid 1.0: R124 900 R101 700 81.4%
Renault Kadjar 1.5D: R394 900 R306 500 77.6%
Subaru XV 2.0: R360 000 R257 900 71.6%
Subaru Forester 2.5: R475 000 R372 400 78.4%
Suzuki Swift 1.4: R222 900 R179 400 80.5%
Suzuki Vitara 1.6: R303 900 R237 200 78.0%
Tata Indica Vista 1.4: R154 995 R122 800 79.2%
Tata Bolt 1.2T: R167 995 R133 600 79.5%
Toyota Quest 1.6: R224 900 R185 700 82.6%
Toyota Fortuner 2.4D: R474 200 R390 300 82.3%
VW Golf GTI 2.0T: R503 100 R399 800 79.5%
VW Tiguan 2.0D: R477 000 R427 000 89.5%
Volvo S60 2.0T: R552 250 R425 900 77.1%
Volvo XC90 2.0T: R966 524 R788 500 81.6%

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