The newer the car, the lower the depreciation – that seems to be the case for a lot of our residual champs. And the Audi S3 is a prime example.
While the A3 hit dealers at the end of 2012, the performance model only arrived this summer. As a result, it retains around 15 per cent more of its value than the rest of the range. What’s interesting about the S3 is that it’s sensitive to bodystyle and gearbox choice.
Although the standard three-door looks sportier, the five-door S3 is predicted to retain more of its value – but only if you choose the manual gearbox. That car has a 56.1 per cent residual, with the S tronic auto at 55.1 per cent.
While you may think the manual is the more involving choice, it’s probably more popular due to its lower emissions. All cars use a 296bhp 2.0-litre turbo, giving 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds and a 155mph top speed. As with all hot Audis, the S3 gets 4WD, so there’s lots of grip in corners, while sports seats
Price now: £31,260
Value after three years: £17,537