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Pricewatch: Saab 9-3 1.9 TID Vector 120 v Cadillac BLS 1.9D SE

WHAT’S in a badge? The Saab 9-3 and Cadillac BLS are essentially the same car. Same engine, same running gear, same steering wheel.

One wears an American premium badge, the other a Swedish one. And yet the difference in predicted residual values is large – the Saab is better value by nearly £1,200 over three years/60,000 miles, despite not having the strongest residuals itself when compared to the likes of BMW or Audi.

It goes to show that Cadillac just isn’t a brand that resonates on this side of the pond, especially with used buyers, and it is going to have its work cut out in what is a very competitive sector.

Saab 9-3 TiD Vector 120
PRICE NEW £21,342

Mileage Age (months) Predicted value Money lost
20,000 12 £11,750/55% £9,592
30,000 18 £10,225/48% £11,117
40,000 24 £8,900/42% £12,442
50,000 30 £7,775/36% £13,567
60,000 36 £6,850/32% £14,492

Source: CAP Motor Research

Cadillac BLS 1.9D SE
PRICE NEW £21,300

Mileage Age (months) Predicted value Money lost
20,000 12 £9,900/46% £11,400
30,000 18 £8,600/40% £12,700
40,000 24 £7,450/35% £13,850
50,000 30 £6,475/30% £14,825
60,000 36 £5,675/27% £15,625

Source: CAP Motor Research

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