Toyota Aygo owners saw their cars lose less value than a range of other popular models last year, according to research from Parker’s Car Guides.
The model saw an average depreciation of £2,082 in 2006, with 26 per cent of the purchase price typically being lost.
According to the Parker’s guide, the Aygo retains value as demand from buyers is constantly high, owing to the car’s affordability and the fact that it is easy to drive.
The Toyota topped a list that was dominated by small cars â€“ nine out of the top ten vehicles in the list were small hatchbacks, with the Honda Jazz in second place and the Peugeot 107 in third.
Kieren Puffet, editor of the Parker’s car price guide, said: "Small cars today do nearly everything that larger ones further up the range do. They’re well equipped, frugal and often come with space-maximising practicality.
"Demand is strong for the best models, which keeps prices high. Last year it was seven in the top ten, this year it’s nine. It’s a trend that shows no sign of stopping."
The cars to depreciate most last year were the Maybach 57 and 62 models, according to the study, which lost £89,908 and £98,998 respectively.