The Audi brand consistently ranks near the top for value retention in the luxury segment. But it is the sportier models in the S4, S6 and TTS that fare better than their more traditional and more pedestrian brethren, the A4, A6 and A8, with the Q series lineup falling in between. Consistent with the sport theme, it is the Audi R8 that has performed extremely well over the 3-year (#1) and 5-year (#1) holding periods, showing that even supercars can hold their value, if they have the formula right-which Audi has with their R8.
The 2016 is our top pick for the best model year value for the Audi vehicles. With the 2016, you would only pay, on average, 52% of the price as new, with 67% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2018 and 2017 model years are also attractive years for the Audi models, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including original new prices, current prices, maintenance costs and remaining years of overall predictabe expenses. Our top ranked model year represents the most car for the money with a Audi model.
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We aggregate and analyze millions of automotive data points from a variety of sources, including some of the industry's leading data providers. The historical depreciation tables, charts, values and overall rankings are conducted on a semi-annual basis, with our most recent update published in September 2020.
While the "Useful Lifespan" of a vehicle will vary greatly from one model to the next, and even one owner to the next, we have determined that twelve years is the most appropriate timeframe which will yield us good, usable data - and that any data beyond that timeframe becomes more dispersed, and ultimately less reliable. Moreover, maintenance costs beyond that timeframe become significantly more varied, as a vehicle owner's care of a particular vehicle will greatly impact its value, and ongoing maintenance costs. We are very much hopeful, however, that your car or truck will last well beyond twelve years, and that it gets you to where you want to go.
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