Survey Shows Mercedes Benz Cars Have Highest Retained Value

  • CLK 200 KOMPRESSOR is industry’s lowest depreciator over three years
  • C-Class, E-Class head up their sectors
  • Strong performance for M-Class and Viano

Mercedes Benz cars depreciate less than competitors over a three year period, according to the experts at Which?

In a comprehensive survey across the motor industry, the CLK 200 KOMPRESSOR Elegance lost only 47 per cent of its value over a three-year period, the best performance of any car surveyed.

Similarly, the C-Class C 180 KOMPRESSOR with Sports Package headed up the Large Cars sector with a retained value of 51 per cent, and the E 200 KOMPRESSOR Elegance was top performer among the Luxury Car segment with the same percentage.

When comparing the E-Class to a competitor’s car at the opposite end of the same sector, the Which? team reported: "Despite paying more to buy the car, Mercedes Benz E-Class owners will be £3,490 better off if they sell the cars in three years’ time."

Commenting on the CLK-Class Coupe, Which? added: "The Mercedes Benz CLK 200 holds its value better than all the cars in our tables."

Dermot Kelly, Managing Director Mercedes Car Group commented: "This data clearly shows that buying what is perceived as a luxury car can actually save customers money in a relatively short time. Mercedes Benz cars have traditionally enjoyed excellent residual values, and the Which? report adds credible evidence to this claim.

"It is particularly heartening to see that as well as topping the table, a wide number of models in the Mercedes Benz range perform well in their own sectors. Our higher volume cars - C-Class and E-Class - perform just as well as the more niche products."

The ML 350 gets third place in the off-roader category, retaining 46 per cent of its value over three years, and the spacious Viano MPV, in 2.2 CDI Ambiente Compact guise, retains 43 per cent over the same period - the third highest score in its sector.

With a strong performance across the board, and with new and Approved Used cars available from retailers across the United Kingdom, there has never been a better time to get behind the wheel of a Mercedes Benz.

Published 8 January 2005 Melanie Carter
 

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