SUVs such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 have always held on to their value well, with some models achieving amazing residuals.
But other big 4x4s have struggled, with large dimensions and high running costs making them less attractive to second-hand buyers. The latest Hyundai Santa Fe could be the exception to the rule, with residuals of which premium brands would be proud.
The range has similar figures to the Land Rover Freelander, albeit starting from much lower list prices. Surprisingly, it’s not a seven-seat Santa Fe that leads the way residually. The entry-level, four-wheel-drive, five-seat Style model has the edge, just, with a figure of 50.9 per cent.
The seven-seat version, which has 69 litres less boot space, isn’t far behind, on 50.7 per cent. A 194bhp 2.2 CRDi diesel is the only engine choice, and makes the big Hyundai perfect for towing.
Buyers can pick between manual or automatic gearboxes, but the long-travel suspension means all cars are comfortable cruisers. And the entry-level model isn’t short of kit. As with many Hyundais, you get plenty for your money, with Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, air-con, heated front seats and a host of safety equipment as standard.
Price now: £25,850
Value after three years: £13,158