It’s no surprise to see prestige brands dominate here, as exclusivity and quality are crucial parts of the formula for beating depreciation. Any car with a three-pointed star on its nose is going to be worth something when you’ve finished with it, and the SLK promises to hold on to more of its value than its drop-top rivals.
It’s easy to see why, as the Mercedes features a folding hard-top that promises coupe-like refinement and security with the roof in place yet wind-in-the-hair thrills when it isn’t. Best of all, the 201bhp SLK 250 CDI and 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox deliver relaxed performance – this isn’t an out-and-out sports car – with fuel consumption of 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of only 132g/km.
So, not only does this Mercedes convertible promise to hold onto its value, but it will save you cash on fuel and road tax, too. The fact it looks great and has a novel folding roof only adds it its appeal. Just go easy on the options, as they seldom add anything significant to a car’s price when it’s time to sell.