The S40 1.6 is the least expensive saloon to own in the medium prestige 1.6-1.9 litre class with a depreciation below that of any BMW 3-series saloon or Audi A4, leading to a wholelife cost saving of £564 over 60,000 miles compared to the BMW 316i, and £1,800 compared to the A4 1.6. The Volvo V70 2.4 (140bhp) is the most cost-effective estate and the S80 2.4 (140bhp) the top-rated saloon in the 2.0-2.4-litre class. The estate secures a wholelife cost advantage of £1,962 against the closest BMW 520i Touring and £4,014 saving over the Audi A6 Avant over 60,000 miles.
CAP Monitor editor Mark Norman said: ?The S40, V70 and S80 all minimise the financial pain of depreciation more successfully than their direct rivals. This derives from competitive front-end pricing combined with strong demand on the second-hand market.?