BMW Depreciation

Buying a brand new BMW is generally not a good investment, unless you factor in fun and good looks. As a general rule, new BMWs depreciate rather quickly after being driven off the lot, and are towards the low end of the luxury rankings. Similar to the other German luxury brands (Audi, Mercedes-Benz), it all depends what you're looking at within the BMW line. You'll want to do your homework here, and it will ultimately come down to which model and body style you are considering. Beware of the 7 Series, as the resale numbers aren't pretty.

The 2019 is our top pick for the best model year value for the BMW vehicles. With the 2019, you would only pay, on average, 70% of the price as new, with 83% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2018 and 2016 model years are also attractive years for the BMW models, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including original new prices, current prices, maintenance costs and remaining years of overall predictabe expenses. Our top ranked model year represents the most car for the money with a BMW model.

BMW Depreciation

Year Depreciation Residual Value Percent Left Value Rating
2021 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
2020 21.72% 78.28% 91.67%
2019 30.06% 69.94% 83.33% Best
2018 37.30% 62.70% 75.00% Better
2017 43.37% 56.63% 66.67% Good
2016 52.74% 47.26% 58.33% Better
2015 59.96% 40.04% 50.00% Good
2014 65.64% 34.36% 41.67%
2013 70.35% 29.65% 33.33%
2012 74.54% 25.46% 25.00%
2011 77.46% 22.54% 16.67%
2010 80.68% 19.32% 8.33%
2009 84.64% 15.36% 0.00%
Year Depreciation Residual Value Value Rating
2021 0.00% 100.00%
2020 21.72% 78.28%
2019 30.06% 69.94% Best
2018 37.30% 62.70% Better
2017 43.37% 56.63% Good
2016 52.74% 47.26% Better
2015 59.96% 40.04% Good
2014 65.64% 34.36%
2013 70.35% 29.65%
2012 74.54% 25.46%
2011 77.46% 22.54%
2010 80.68% 19.32%
2009 84.64% 15.36%

BMW Depreciation by Model