The redesigned Audi A4 model line, just launched in the UK, will retain significantly more value after three years or 60,000 miles than its 'prestige' German rivals, according to predictions in the latest issue of CAP Monitor, a motor industry guide to future values.

Normally quoted as the percentage of the total purchase price retained after the three-year period, the residual value figures predicted by CAP Monitor for a cross section of new A4 models are at least 3%, and up to 7%, higher than German brand rivals.

The A4 1.9 TDI turbodiesel in SE trim, for example, is expected to achieve 42% of its original purchase price, up to 7% higher than key competitors, with the new 3.0 V6 TDI turbodiesel quattro (four wheel drive) running it close at 39%, up to 6% higher. In the petrol range, the 1.8 T SE Saloon is expected to hold a 3% advantage over rivals at 40%.

"The increased desirability of the latest 26-model A4 saloon and Avant [wagon] ranges is a key factor in determining the future demand that drives residual values," CAP Monitor said in a press release. "This enhanced appeal has been achieved not just through re-sculpting every body panel beneath the roof section, but also by major additions to the engine range and revisions to dynamics.

"New engine highlights such as the acclaimed turbo charged 2.0 T FSI and 3.2 V6 FSI and the exceptional EU4-compliant 3.0 V6 TDI have been combined with heavily revised fully independent suspension, new transmissions, a new and even more responsive steering system and upgraded braking. Complemented by a revised and even more technologically advanced cabin boasting a quality of finish that remains unparalleled in the class, these changes have brought new levels of driver appeal to the A4."

CAP Monitor said the latest A4 is also a sensible business proposition for fleet drivers - for example, the petrol-powered 2.0 SE version attracts the lowest benefit-in-kind tax liability in the class, and when combined with the proven seven-speed multitronic automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) will cost a higher rate tax payer around £700 less annually than its nearest competitor. The turbocharged petrol 1.8T and turbodiesel 1.9 TDI (130PS) models hold a similarly advantage over their closest rivals, with savings of around £500 per annum possible in each case. The direct petrol injection 2.0 FSI and 1.9 TDI 130 versions post the lowest running costs in their class.