Used VW Diesel Prices Continue to Decline

IMG_5078.jpg Audi Q5 TDI; | photo by Evan Sears

CARS.COM — Volkswagen rolled out a program that offers cash, dealership credit and extended roadside service to owners of its 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel cars with non-compliant emissions systems in November. It was a thoughtful gesture, but perhaps a bittersweet one because seller-set asking prices for these cars continue, for the most part, to fall.

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2009-2015 VW Jetta TDI

In November, prices for a few model years of the Jetta TDI made up some of the ground they’d lost in prior months, but values for most model years continued to decline. The 2010 version’s average price was down the most from Sept. 15 — just before news of VW’s non-compliant diesels broke. From Sept. 15 until Nov. 30, the 2010 model’s average price has fallen 8 percent ($994) to $11,429.

2011-2014 VW Jetta SportWagen TDI

Used Jetta SportWagen TDI prices were down across the board from Sept. 15 to Nov. 30, with values for all 2011-2014 models off 6 percent or more. The average price of the 2013 model dropped the most: 10.2 percent ($2,086) to $18,372.

2010-2015 VW Golf TDI

Only the 2010 Golf TDI’s asking price was up from October to November (it gained nearly 1 percent) but prices were down for 2011-15 models. The 2012 version had the biggest decrease, falling 4 percent in November. It’s now down 7.8 percent ($1,385) since Sept. 15 and the average stands at $16,328.

2013-2015 VW Beetle TDI

The 2015 Beetle TDI showed unusual pricing resiliency in November. At October’s end, the car’s average price was down 3.6 percent ($843) to $22,605, but it made up all of its losses and then some in November, finishing up 1.6 percent ($380) to $23,828. It’s the only Volkswagen with the 2.0-liter diesel engine with an average price that was higher on Nov. 30 than on Sept. 15.

2012-2015 VW Passat TDI

Prices for used Passat TDIs from the 2012-15 model years are down across the board, with the 2014 model seeing the biggest drop since Sept. 15; it’s down 8.7 percent ($1,942) to $20,441.

3.0-liter Diesel V-6 Models

Audi, Porsche and VW models powered by the larger 3.0-liter diesel V-6 are also under scrutiny for emissions violations, and some used cars with this engine have weathered the news better than others.

Audi cars that offer the 3.0-liter diesel V-6 are the A6, A7 and A8. From Nov. 1 — right before news about the 3.0-liter diesel V-6 broke — to Nov. 30, model-year 2014-15 A7 and A8 diesels have seen modest price changes of about 1 percent at the most. However, seller-set prices for the 2014 A6 TDI have tumbled; they’re down 7.4 percent ($3,423) in one month’s time.

The 3.0-liter diesel V-6 is also used in two Audi SUVs: the Q5 and Q7. Prices were down 1.3 to 3.5 percent for the 2014-15 Q5, but they were down considerably more for the 2012 version of the larger Q7; its price dropped 10.4 percent ($4,321) by the end of November to $37,379.

The Porsche Cayenne Diesel and Volkswagen Touareg TDI SUVs are also powered by the diesel V-6, and asking prices for each are down to varying degrees. The 2013 version of the Cayenne Diesel saw the biggest price drop, down 5.6 percent ($2,835) to $47,497 while the 2009 Touareg TDI’s average price fell 9.9 percent ($1,966) to $17,960.

Source: used-car listings, 2009 to 2015 model years

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