Our market analysts think the RS4 will retain some of the strongest residual values in the Audi range – stronger even than the BMW M3 coupé.

Fitted with the carbon-ceramic front brakes of our test car, it also resisted wearing through its consumables admirably during its time with us. It spent days on a circuit for a road test and our previous Best Driver’s Car feature, during which it steadfastly refused to burn through its tyres and brakes.

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The RS4 retains more than 45 per cent of its value over four years. That’s good, even in this class

It did, however, burn through quite a lot of petrol, as 32.4mpg even on our relatively gentle touring route would suggest. That might limit its appeal in the eyes of some buyers but, if you can live with the fuel consumption, it remains one of the most intoxicating drivetrains around.

Top 5 Super saloons

  • Jaguar XFR
    Not only is the XFR the class leader, it is also exceptional value compared to rivals

    Jaguar XFR

    1
  • Mercedes-AMG C 63
    Mercedes-AMG C 63 saloon is priced from £59,800

    Mercedes-AMG C 63

    2
  • BMW M3
    The M3 packs a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six that produces 425bhp and 405lb ft

    BMW M3

    3
  • Mercedes-AMG E 63
    The old 6.2-litre V8 has been dropped in favour of a twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8

    Mercedes-AMG E 63

    4
  • Jaguar XJR
    The Jaguar XJR offers monstrous, relentless performance

    Jaguar XJR

    5

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