For most car owners depreciation is the reason they buy used car, so that they can avoid losing more half of the cars value in a couple of years. It turns out that, according to F-SAX an Automobile Forecast Index, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the top luxury car whilst the Mercedes-Benz Viano leads the field in the MPV category for losing the leased in depreciation. The F-SAX looks at models with the same mileage, comparable engine outputs and similar equipment in each vehicle category. The depreciation forecast, calculated in euros, takes into account the development of residual values in the German car market.
According to the index, the Viano MPV has a residual value of 58% after three years, while the S-Class luxury saloon retains 52.7% of its value after the same period. Both scores are the best in the respective vehicle categories.
While losing 47.3% of the cars value in 3 years is still high, it is still better than what you would lose with the other