Packed with the latest infotainment and safety features, luxury cars offer the level of comfort and confidence you won’t find in regular cars. Some of the coolest new luxury cars available in the market include Porsche Panamera, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and BMW X5. Unfortunately, many of these luxury cars lose their value pretty quickly, and you may end up running at a loss if you keep them for a long time. Some of the luxury cars that depreciation tends to hit hard include the Jaguar F-Type, Maserati GranTurismo, and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class.
On the bright side, there are still a lot of luxury cars that hold more than half of their original value even after more than ten years on the road. To determine the luxury cars with the best resale value, we relied upon CarEdge’s in-depth analysis of more than 200 vehicle models and assumed that the vehicles are in good condition, averaging 12,000 miles per year. If you want a luxury car that won’t be picked up for a song after just 3–5 years on the road, this list is for you.
10 Mercedes-Benz G-Class – 76.71% Residual Value After 5 Years
With a refined interior and better in-car tech than most competitors, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class provides maximum comfort when you go off-road. A G-Class Benz will depreciate only 23% after five years of ownership or 60,000 miles.
After a decade on the road, your G-Class Benz will have a residual value of 51%, while a competitor like the Land Rover Range Rover will have a resale value of just 22.18% after the same time.
9 Lexus IS 350 – 70.60% Residual Value After 5 Years
Lexus’ vehicles have a good reputation for holding their value over time, and the IS 350 is proof. After serving you for five years, the value of the IS 350 will drop by 29%, while a full-size luxury sedan like the BMW 7 Series will lose 53% of its value.
If you decide to sell your Lexus IS 350 after 10 years of ownership, it will have a value of 51%, while the BMW 7 Series will have a residual value of only 20.40%.
8 Audi Q3 – 72.29% Residual Value After 5 Years
Audi is at the upper echelons of value retention in the luxury segment, with models like the Q3, S4, S6, and TTS leading the way. Just 28% of the Q3’s value is lost after five years on the road.
After about 10 years or 120,000 miles, the Q3 will depreciate by 69.15%, which is still pretty decent for an Audi. You could save up to $8,965 if you buy a three-year-old used Q3 instead of a new one, and there will still be plenty of useful life remaining.
7 BMW 2 Series – 62.22% Residual Value After 5 Years
BMW is not exactly the best luxury brand when you are looking for a car that holds its value well, but some models like the BMW 2 Series defy the odds. The BMW 2 Series retains 62.22% of its value after five years, while rival like the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class retains only 47.21%.
After ten years on the road, the BMW 2 Series will have a residual value of 44.01%, while the CLA-Class Benz will have just 28.29%. You could save up to $9,416 buying a two-year-old used BMW 2 Series instead of a brand-new one.
6 Land Rover Range Rover Sport – 46.20% Residual Value After 5 Years
Land Rovers are luxurious, comfortable, and a delight to behold, but for most models, you will lose good money owning them over time. Thankfully, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is an exception, as it holds its value pretty well compared to the regular Range Rover and the Evoque.
The Range Rover Sport loses up to 42% of its value after five years, while a competitor like the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class depreciates by 56% under the same period. If you keep your Range Rover Sport for up to 10 years, you will be left with a residual value of 24.77%.
5 Lexus RX 350 – 71.73% Residual Value After 5 Years
The Lexus RX 350 not only has a high resale value, but also offers a good blend of performance, luxury, and efficiency. After five years on the road, your RX 350 is left with a resale value of 71.73%, while a rival like the BMW X5 is left with only 54.19%.
After serving you for 10 years, the RX 350 will have a residual value of 43.59%, while the BMW X5 will have a value of only 23.11%.
4 Audi A5 – 58.06% Residual Value After 5 Years
Available as a coupe, convertible, and Sportback, there are plenty of body styles to choose from in the Audi A5. It holds its value better than the BMW 4 Series. You can expect your A5 to retain 58.06% of its original value after five years, while the BMW 4 Series’ value depreciates 44%.
If you keep your A5 for up to a decade, its residual value will be 34.19%. Getting a used A5 with about 24,000 miles on the odometer instead of a new one could save you about $4,687.
3 BMW X3 – 62.89% Residual Value After 5 Years
BMWs depreciate a lot, but the compact X3 SUV seems to hold its value better than a lot of other vehicles in the Bavarian automaker’s lineup. With a 5-year depreciation rate of 37%, the X3 retains its value better than the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.
After 10 years on the road, the residual value of the X3 drops to 27.38%, while the GLC-Class will be 35.49%. So, if you want a compact SUV you intend to sell off after five years, go for the X3. On the other hand, opt for the GLC-Class if you want to keep your SUV for up to 10 years.
2 Lexus ES 350 – 72.74% Residual Value After 5 Years
The Lexus ES 350 might not be as luxurious as the Acura TLX, Audi A4, and Volvo S60, but it holds its value better than theirs. The ES 350 has a 5-year depreciation rate of 27%, while the Acura TLX and Volvo S60 have 34% and 40% respectively.
The ES 350 will have a residual value of 44.47% after 10 years on the road, while the Volvo S60 will have only 30.40%. You could save up to $11,287 if you opt for a four-year-old ES 350 instead of a new one.
1 Porsche 911 – 85.00% Residual Value After 5 Years
With its iconic styling, potent engine lineup, and thrilling performance, the Porsche 911 today is still as desirable as ever. The Porsche 911 is quite expensive to maintain but will lose only 15% of its original value after five years on the road.
After 10 years, the Porsche 911 will have a residual value of 50.03%, which is very impressive for a luxury car. You could save up to $12,696 if you buy a two-year-old Porsche 911 instead of a new one.
Sources: CarEdge, Repairpal