Volkswagen Depreciation

Even though they finally had to re-retire the Beetle, Volkswagen scored in the top 20% of vehicle manufacturers for value retention after 5 years, with the Volkswagen Golf leading the way among Volkswagen's stable of models. Volkswagen climbs even higher, to the overall #3 spot, at 7 years, suggesting that the longer you own your Volkswagen, the better it will perform for holding its value over time.

The 2017 is our top pick for the best model year value for the Volkswagen vehicles. With the 2017, you would only pay, on average, 63% of the price as new, with 75% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2018 and 2016 model years are also attractive years for the Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen model.

Volkswagen Depreciation

Year Depreciation Residual Value Percent Left Value Rating
2020 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
2019 19.62% 80.38% 91.67%
2018 29.03% 70.97% 83.33% Better
2017 37.45% 62.55% 75.00% Best
2016 43.31% 56.69% 66.67% Better
2015 50.05% 49.95% 58.33% Good
2014 54.27% 45.73% 50.00% Good
2013 57.61% 42.39% 41.67%
2012 62.53% 37.47% 33.33%
2011 69.13% 30.87% 25.00%
2010 74.70% 25.30% 16.67%
2009 80.22% 19.78% 8.33%
2008 82.32% 17.68% 0.00%
Year Depreciation Residual Value Value Rating
2020 0.00% 100.00%
2019 19.62% 80.38%
2018 29.03% 70.97% Better
2017 37.45% 62.55% Best
2016 43.31% 56.69% Better
2015 50.05% 49.95% Good
2014 54.27% 45.73% Good
2013 57.61% 42.39%
2012 62.53% 37.47%
2011 69.13% 30.87%
2010 74.70% 25.30%
2009 80.22% 19.78%
2008 82.32% 17.68%

About Our Data and "Useful Lifespan"

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 April 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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