2020 Acura ILX vs. Audi A3 vs. Mercedes-Benz CLA

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

2020 Acura ILX

VS

2020 Audi A3

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

$25,900** ✓

Base MSRP

$33,300 $36,650
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

2020 Acura ILX
2020 Audi A3

2020 Acura ILX

VS

2020 Audi A3

$25,900** ✓

MSRP

$33,300
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
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 $6,375 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

2020 Acura ILX
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2020 Acura ILX Base

VS

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Base

$25,900** ✓

MSRP

$36,650
24***

City MPG

25
8-Speed Automatic ✓

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic
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
Standard ✓

Adaptive Cruise Control

Optional

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 $10,355 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.

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. Standard Adaptive Cruise Control adds confidence behind the wheel of the ILX, especially helpful in stop-and-go traffic situations.

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.

The Acura ILX has the lowest 5-Year Cost to Own of any Entry-Level Luxury Car, according to Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com*. 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.


*2020 model-year vehicle’s projected cost to own for the initial five-year ownership period is based on the average Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own data which considers depreciation and costs such as fuel and insurance. For more information, visit www.kbb.com

**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge for sedans (excluding PMC Edition) and SUVs (excluding PMC Edition) is $1,025.00. Destination & Handling charge for PMC Edition models and NSX is $1,995.00. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer..

***Based on 2020 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.