Like the TT, the Audi A1 is holding on to its value well despite its age. The MINI rival debuted in 2010, and is sold as a three-door or five-door Sportback, but residuals on all models are above 50 per cent.
Buyers are still drawn by the mix of first-rate Audi build quality, posh interiors, sporty handling, efficient engines and modern looks. Yet the Sportback’s extra doors appear to be surplus to requirements, as the three-door A1 holds its value better. Pick of the bunch is the 1.6 TDI diesel SE. While the proven 104bhp engine isn’t the most powerful or refined around, it delivers 74.3mpg fuel economy and a road tax-free 99g/km of CO2.
Petrol A1s aren’t far behind, yet the latest tech doesn’t always add desirability. Audi’s new Cylinder on Demand (CoD) tech boosts efficiency and cuts emissions, but a regular 1.4 TFSI (122) Sport retains 53.3 per cent, compared to 51.1 per cent for the 1.4 TFSI (140) CoD Sport.
Price now: £14,850
Value after three years: £8,182