24 March 2005

Porsche’s Boxster still has the strongest residual values of any car in the UK. For the fourth year running, the Boxster has come top in fleet specialist Lex’s annual residual survey, one of the most reliable indicators of what your new car will be worth in three years and 60,000 miles time. And this year the other nine cars in the top 10 are all German. Porsche’s Cayenne and models from Mercedes join it in the survey’s top 10, but it’s BMW that dominates the list. It seems, now more than ever, that there’s no better new car to put your money into than a German one. New Boxster sales are as buoyant as ever. The earliest that Porsche Reading could deliver a standard Boxster is October; for a Boxster S, it’s July. What’s more, you’re likely to be paying full list price if you’re placing your deposit today. ‘The average sale price for the 2.7 is £35,000,’ said one salesman, which suggests that customers are spending £3000 on average on options. For a Boxster S [£38k list], the average sale price is £42,000. All of the cars in Lex’s top ten are typically bought with lots of options, which inflates their residual figures.

The Porsche’s residual worth is rated at 54 per cent after three years. BMW’s Z4 roadster (right), X3 junior off-roader and British-built Mini all tie for second place in Lex’s chart (below), returning 52 per cent of their original worth. BMW’s X5 is now rated lower than its smaller cousin at 51 per cent – a reflection of its relative age, and the threat posed by new competitors like the Range Rover Sport and new Mercedes ML.

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