2019 Acura ILX vs. Audi A3 vs. Mercedes-Benz CLA

Acura ILX vs The Competition in Bedford, OH at Motorcars Acura

Premium compact sedans offer tremendous luxury, nimble handling, and impressive value compared to their larger midsize and fullsize counterparts. With competition growing stronger each year, the Acura ILX remains a hit with buyers across the country. As proof, Motorcars Acura has taken the time to assemble this informative competitive comparison to help highlight the strengths of the ILX. Let’s take a closer look to see exactly how the Acura ILX measures up against two of its biggest rivals -- the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA.

ILX vs The Competition Quick Comparison

2019 Acura ILX

VS

2019 Audi A3

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA

$26,895** ✓

Base MSRP

$32,500

$33,100

6 Years / 70,000 Miles ✓

Powertrain Warranty Coverage

4 Years / 50,000 Miles

4 Years / 50,000 Miles

42.3 inches ✓

Front Leg Room

41.2 inches

40.2 inches

8-Speed Automatic ✓

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

24 / 34 / 28 ***

MPG (city/hwy/combined)

26 / 35 / 29

24 / 37 / 29


Acura ILX vs Audi A3

2019 Acura ILX
 
2019 Audi A3

2019 Acura ILX

VS

2019 Audi A3

$26,895** ✓

MSRP

$32,500

28***

Combined MPG

29

34***

Highway MPG

35

201 ✓

Horsepower

186

8-Speed Automatic ✓

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

Doors and Push Button Start ✓

Proximity Key

Optional

Optional ✓

Remote Start

Not Available

42.3 inches ✓

Front Leg Room

41.2 inches

6 Years / 70,000 Miles ✓

Powertrain Warranty

4 Years / 50,000 Miles

Right from the beginning, the Acura ILX offers outstanding value as compared to the Audi A3. Comparing base trims, the ILX offers a $5,605 price advantage over the A3 and helps illustrate impressive savings.

While the ILX and A3 share nearly identical highway and combined EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings, the Acura delivers 15 greater horsepower than the Audi. You’ll enjoy superior power without making any sacrifices at the pump. This is due in part to the more sophisticated 8-speed automatic transmission which is included as standard on the ILX. The Audi A3 only offers a 7-speed transmission.

The Acura ILX also offers more premium features than the rival Audi A3. For example, choosing the ILX means that you will receive a standard Keyless Access System with push button ignition. This means that you can unlock, lock, and start the ILX all without the need for a traditional key. At Audi, this useful feature is a costly option. Similarly, the Acura ILX can be equipped with a handy remote start function to help preheat or pre-cool the interior.

Greater front leg room found inside the ILX makes extended road trips much more comfortable as compared to the Audi A3. Lastly, Audi cannot match the powertrain warranty coverage offered by Acura. The ILX offers 2 years or 20,000 miles of additional warranty protection, giving you greater peace of mind. After crunching the numbers, the obvious choice in this matchup is the Acura ILX.


Acura ILX vs Mercedes-Benz CLA

2019 Acura ILX
 
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2019 Acura ILX Base

VS

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA Base

$26,895** ✓

MSRP

$33,100

24***

City MPG

24

8-Speed Automatic ✓

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

Standard ✓

Sunroof

Optional

Jewel Eye LED ✓

Headlights

Halogen

Standard ✓

LED Brake Lights

Not Available

Driver / Passenger ✓

Heated Seats

Optional

42.3 inches ✓

Front Leg Room

40.2 inches

34 inches ✓

Rear Leg Room

27.1 inches

6 Years / 70,000 Miles ✓

Powertrain Warranty

4 Years / 50,000 Miles

Next up to challenge the Acura ILX is the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Once again, when looking at base trims of both vehicles there’s a noticeable price advantage for the Acura. The ILX offers an astounding $6,205 price advantage over the CLA. If you’re thinking that choosing the less-expensive Acura ILX means sacrificing on premium amenities, you’d be mistaken.

For example, a standard sunroof lets you fill the interior of the Acura ILX with fresh air and natural sunlight. Be prepared to shell out additional cash to receive a sunroof on the CLA. Similarly, standard heated seats help the driver and front passenger stay warm on those chilly mornings. This is yet another example of an expensive option on the Mercedes-Benz. Greater leg room across both the front and rear rows of seating inside the ILX helps all of your passengers stretch out and relax on extended journeys.

Visibility is a vital component of your safety on the road. Which is precisely why the Acura ILX comes standard with Jewel Eye LED headlights which deliver superior clarity and longevity than the inferior halogen units found on the CLA. LED brake lights found at the rear of the ILX also help following traffic stay aware of your intentions. Greater powertrain warranty coverage found on the ILX adds even more confidence behind the wheel.


Winner -- Acura ILX

After carefully examining all that the competition at Audi and Mercedes-Benz has to offer -- the Acura ILX proves to be the superior choice. This impressive compact luxury sedan delivers superior value, powertrain warranty protection, premium standard features, and fuel efficiency than the A3 and CLA.

Acura ILX Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost To Own Award

The Acura ILX has earned the title of Best Entry-Level Luxury Car in the 2019 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Awards*. This prestigious award is designed to assist shoppers in making informed buying decisions by identifying common ownership cost details over the span of five years. Major cost factors include:

  • Exclusive Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price
  • Projected Depreciation
  • Finance Rates
  • Insurance Rates
  • State Fees
  • Fuel
  • Maintenance
  • Repairs

After carefully analyzing entrants in the segment, the experts at Kelley Blue Book have chosen the Acura ILX as the best option. This award coincides with the Acura brand earning top honors as the Best Brand in the 5-Year Cost to Own Awards for the third consecutive year*.

Motorcars Acura invites you to come experience all that the ILX has to offer. For drivers who demand only the best from their compact luxury sedan, the clear choice is the Acura ILX.


*For the 5-Year Cost to Own data used to determine these awards, Kelley Blue Book evaluates expected ownership costs down to the model level, using new-car sales figures. Popular trims are more heavily weighted to accurately reflect what buyers can expect in terms of cost of ownership.

**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices which do not include taxes or license but do include destination and handling chage. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor, and installation may vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

***Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.