This year, the UK’s biggest leasing company has widened its net to show the top 10 residual value performers in three price brackets, at three years/60,000 miles. Of the 30 cars featured, only two – the Volvo C70 and Jaguar XK – do not have their roots in Germany or Japan.
The number of different types of car is also increasing, reflecting the widening choice many companies are offering drivers.
Jon Walden, managing director of Lex, said: ‘Company car drivers are taking the opportunity to go for a car which suits their lifestyle. This means a varied group of cars enter the used market three years down the road and buyers find them appealing and are willing to pay good money. Stronger residual values mean less depreciation and lower monthly costs, a rule that applies to private buyers just as much as company car drivers.’
The tables are also unsurprisingly dominated by new cars in short supply. As a result, the previously number one Porsche Boxster has finally slipped down the list, with more examples hitting the used market.
It sneaks in tenth in the ‘Over £30,000’ category.
Top used car performers
|Under £15k||£15-30k||Over £30k|
|MINI One/ Cooper||Audi A4 Cabriolet||Mercedes-Benz SLK|
|Honda FR-V||Mercedes-Benz SLK||Audi Q7|
|Honda Jazz||BMW 3-series||Porsche Cayman|
|Honda Civic (06)||Volvo C70||Porsche Cayenne|
|Vauxhall Zafira (05)||Volkswagen Eos||Jaguar XK|
|Toyota Aygo||Honda S2000||Audi A4 Cabriolet|
|Vauxhall Tigra||MINI Cooper S||Volvo C70|
|Toyota Yaris||Toyota Land Cruiser||BMW X5|
|Volkswagen Golf||Honda CR-V||Nissan 350Z|
|Mazda5||Toyota RAV4 (06)||Porsche Boxster|