Volkswagen Golf Depreciation

A Volkswagen Golf will depreciate 46% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $14,563.

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, and assumes a purchase price of $27,083 when new. Key in your purchase price, expected ownership period and estimated annual miles driven into our depreciation calculator, and we'll predict an expected resale value just for you.

Volkswagen Golf Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $5,842 78.43% $21,241 13,500 2021
2 $9,024 66.68% $18,059 27,000 2022
3 $10,178 62.42% $16,905 40,500 2023
4 $12,028 55.59% $15,055 54,000 2024
5 $12,520 53.77% $14,563 67,500 2025
6 $14,370 46.94% $12,713 81,000 2026
7 $15,324 43.42% $11,759 94,500 2027
8 $15,508 42.74% $11,575 108,000 2028
9 $18,119 33.10% $8,964 121,500 2029
10 $19,397 28.38% $7,686 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $5,842 78.43% $21,241
2 $9,024 66.68% $18,059
3 $10,178 62.42% $16,905
4 $12,028 55.59% $15,055
5 $12,520 53.77% $14,563
6 $14,370 46.94% $12,713
7 $15,324 43.42% $11,759
8 $15,508 42.74% $11,575
9 $18,119 33.10% $8,964
10 $19,397 28.38% $7,686

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If you purchase a used Volkswagen Golf that is 2 years old, then you could save $9,024 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 $3,496. 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 2018 Volkswagen Golf is our top pick for the best model year value for the Golf. With the 2018, you would only pay, on average, 67% of the price as new, with 83% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2019 and 2017 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 $146 $0 0% 100%
2019 $25,566 $20,227 $176 $6,856 25.31% 78.43% Better
2018 $24,280 $16,422 $231 $3,805 18.81% 66.68% Best
2017 $23,466 $14,962 $314 $1,460 8.89% 62.42% Better
2016 $23,222 $13,279 $369 $1,683 11.25% 55.59% Good
2015 $23,315 $13,017 $481 $262 1.97% 53.77% Good
2014 $23,515 $11,721 $684 $1,296 9.96% 46.94%
2013 $23,432 $12,113 $781 +$392 -3.34% 48.36%
2012 $23,244 $10,780 $845 $1,333 11% 42.74%
2011 $22,061 $8,274 $972 $2,506 23.25% 33.1%
2010 $18,276 $6,186 $1,000 $2,088 25.24% 28.38%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $27,083 100%
2019 $20,227 78.43% Better
2018 $16,422 66.68% Best
2017 $14,962 62.42% Better
2016 $13,279 55.59% Good
2015 $13,017 53.77% Good
2014 $11,721 46.94%
2013 $12,113 48.36%
2012 $10,780 42.74%
2011 $8,274 33.1%
2010 $6,186 28.38%
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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 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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