Consumers purchase BMW sedans for their well-documented performance qualities. But value is not part of the German manufacturer’s appeal.
According to iSeeCars.com, the automotive research firm and data-driven car search engine, three of the German sedans are among the top-10 vehicles with the worst five-year depreciation averages.
The website analyzed more than 8.2 million car sales to identify models with the lowest and highest loss in value after five years.
BMW gets dubious honors
The BMW 7 and 5 series hold the top two spots among the highest depreciating vehicles. The stablemate X3 has the 10th worst depreciation average after five years of ownership.
Here’s the list of the highest depreciation cars:
1. BMW 7 Series, 72.6 percent.
2. BMW 5 Series, 70.1%
3. Nissan LEAF, 70.1%
4. Audi A6, 69.0%
5. Maserati Ghibli, 69.0%
6. Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 69.0%
7. Volvo S60, 67.8%
8. Mercedes-Benz S-Class, 67.1%
9. Lincoln MKZ, 67.1%
10. BMW X3, 66.5%
* The average for all vehicles is 49.6 percent;
* The 7 Series depreciates $73,686 of its value over five years;
* Trucks and truck-based SUVs hold their value the best;
* Luxury sedans depreciation the most.
In addition to the lowest and highest depreciation, the study also includes the lowest and highest-depreciating cars by price point and vehicle segment:
* Highest and lowest-depreciating Cars Under $25,000, $35,000, $50,000;
* Highest and lowest-depreciating SUVs;
* Ranking of pickup trucks;
* Lowest and highest-depreciating sports cars;
* Lowest and highest-depreciating hybrid and electric vehicles;
* Lowest and highest-depreciating car brands;
Article Last Updated: November 4, 2020.
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