The March issue of Glass's Guide shows that the BMW 3-series tops the RV league compared to its executive sector rivals from Mercedes-Benz and Audi. It shows that a 96N BMW 318 SE with 36,000 miles on the clock retains 66% of its value, compared with an Audi A4 1.8 SE auto which retains 59.6% and a Mercedes-Benz C180 Elegance auto, which holds 56.6% of its value over the same distance.
The story is repeated with the 5-series. A 95N 523 saloon with 36,000 miles on the clock is worth 71.9% of its new value, compared with an E230 Classic of the same age and mileage, which is worth 62% and the Audi A6 2.6 saloon which is worth 53%. CAP Future Residual Values tells the same good story for BMW, showing that over three years/60,000 miles, a BMW 318 SE auto retains 52% of its new value and costs 28.1p per mile to run. The CAP guide gives the Mercedes-Benz C180 Elegance 47% after three years or 60,000 miles (31.4ppm) and the Audi 1.8 SE auto 44% (29.1ppm).