Volkswagen Golf Depreciation

A Volkswagen Golf will depreciate 46% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $14,741.

Volkswagen's Golf has been around since the 70's, and has undergone numerous alterations over the years. With such, the car has a great following, and it has established itself as a reliable compact to last through the ages. While it loses a fair bit of value in the early years, its depreciation later in life is minimal, and provides good value for those wanting a dependable ride that is only a couple years old. Drive a Golf until it has 200,000 miles or more-people do it all the time.

The chart below shows the expected depreciation for the next 10 years. These results are for vehicles in good condition, averaging 13,500 miles per year. It also assumes a selling price of $27,083 when new. Enter your purchase price, expected ownership period and estimated miles driven annually. Our depreciation calculator will predict an expected resale value for the Volkswagen Golf.

Volkswagen Golf Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $7,033 74.03% $20,050 13,500 2021
2 $7,998 70.47% $19,085 27,000 2022
3 $8,878 67.22% $18,205 40,500 2023
4 $11,727 56.70% $15,356 54,000 2024
5 $12,342 54.43% $14,741 67,500 2025
6 $14,525 46.37% $12,558 81,000 2026
7 $14,896 45.00% $12,187 94,500 2027
8 $15,789 41.70% $11,294 108,000 2028
9 $18,083 33.23% $9,000 121,500 2029
10 $18,636 31.19% $8,447 135,000 2030

Volkswagen Golf Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $7,033 74.03% $20,050
2 $7,998 70.47% $19,085
3 $8,878 67.22% $18,205
4 $11,727 56.70% $15,356
5 $12,342 54.43% $14,741
6 $14,525 46.37% $12,558
7 $14,896 45.00% $12,187
8 $15,789 41.70% $11,294
9 $18,083 33.23% $9,000
10 $18,636 31.19% $8,447

Volkswagen Golf Depreciation Calculator

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If you purchase a used Volkswagen Golf that is 2 years old, then you could save $7,998 compared to buying new, and still have a relatively new model with plenty of useful life remaining. If you plan to keep this vehicle for 3 years then your total cost of depreciation would be $4,344. Try other age and ownership length combinations, or different vehicles to see if you can find depreciation sweetspots where this cost is the lowest. Hint: Try vehicles between 2 and 4 years old, as brand new vehicles depreciate quickly. Also, if this is a recently released model and buying a few years old isn't possible, consider another vehicle, or perhaps wait until more used Golf models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy a Volkswagen Golf

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf is our top pick for the best model year value for the Golf. With the 2019, you would only pay, on average, 74% of the price as new, with 92% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2018 and 2016 model years are also attractive years for the Golf, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the Golf's price as new, current price, maintenance costs and remaining years of overall predictabe expenses. Our top ranked model year represents the most car for the money of the Volkswagen Golf models.

Volkswagen Golf Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2020 $27,083 $27,083 $200 $0 0% 100%
2019 $25,566 $19,156 $230 $7,927 29.27% 74.03% Best
2018 $24,280 $17,396 $285 $1,760 9.19% 70.47% Better
2017 $23,466 $16,143 $368 $1,253 7.2% 67.22% Good
2016 $23,222 $13,589 $423 $2,554 15.82% 56.7% Better
2015 $23,315 $13,225 $535 $364 2.68% 54.43% Good
2014 $23,515 $11,641 $738 $1,584 11.98% 46.37%
2013 $23,432 $10,544 $835 $1,097 9.42% 45%
2012 $23,244 $10,592 $899 +$48 -0.46% 41.7%
2011 $22,061 $8,356 $1,026 $2,236 21.11% 33.23%
2010 $18,276 $6,754 $1,054 $1,602 19.17% 31.19%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $27,083 100%
2019 $19,156 74.03% Best
2018 $17,396 70.47% Better
2017 $16,143 67.22% Good
2016 $13,589 56.7% Better
2015 $13,225 54.43% Good
2014 $11,641 46.37%
2013 $10,544 45%
2012 $10,592 41.7%
2011 $8,356 33.23%
2010 $6,754 31.19%

Considering financing? Try our Volkswagen Golf Loan Calculator, which will steer you away from unattractive loan structures that put you in a bad financial position relative to the value of your vehicle. Customize a loan that is right for you, or try some basic options, No Money Down, 10% Down and 20% Down.

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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 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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