2017 Audi A3 vs 2017 Acura ILX

Acura and Audi are well known luxury car brands in the United States, and some car buyers may have a difficult time choosing which one to buy when the time comes. If you are looking to get good value for money as well as excellent performance and luxury, there are many reasons why you would be better off with the 2017 Audi A3 rather than the 2017 Acura ILX.

Design & Style

The 2017 Acura ILX has a body that features several bulges that seem to be in excess, particularly in the back quarter. The front of the car does not look modern at all, especially when you consider the quality of the newer cars being produced today. The Audi, on the other hand, maintains simplicity and elegance that has come to be associated with the brand. With very few straight lines and angular lights, the Audi has an aura of exclusivity about it, which makes it the better looking of the two.

In the interior, the Acura feels smaller compared to the Audi, and the materials used for the dashboard, seats and trim also look and feel cheaper. The Acura seems to have quite a number of knobs and buttons on the steering wheel as well as on the dashboard, making it look clustered. The Audi, on the other hand, has fewer of these which gives it an air of simplicity. All in all, the Audi seems to have a better build quality compared to the Acura.

Technology & Safety

Some of the features you will find in the Acura include a power moon roof, Jewel Eye LED headlights and tail lights, 2-level heated seats and automatic climate control. The vehicle has standard front passengers and driver airbags, as well as a few driver aids such as stability control and antilock braking system.

The Audi provides much more, with the above features as well as dual zone climate control, pushbutton ignition, ambient cabin lighting, and a rear-view camera. There are many connectivity options on offer including Bluetooth, USB and an AUX jack. The Audi also has all the standard safety features as well as a lane assist program, a road departure mitigation system as well as side curtain airbags. Overall, the Audi has more to offer in terms of technology and safety, even if you don't get the extra options.


The Audi has a 2.0-liter inline-2 engine producing 186 horsepower while the Acura has a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine producing 201 horsepower. Though the Acura produces more nominal horsepower, the actual performance in real life is likely to be worse than the Audi's owing to its weight. In addition to that, the Audi has better fuel economy at 26mpg versus the Acura's 25mpg.

The Bottom Line

The latest iterations of the Acura ILX and the Audi A3 all have appealing features, but the Audi turns out to be the better pick both on paper and in real life. Audi drivers are assured of exceptional performance, luxury and safety at a relatively low cost in the A3.

Ready to Schedule a 2017 Audi A3 Test Drive Today?

Classic Audi is located in Eastchester and we welcome you to try out the new 2017 Audi A3 if you want to be impressed firsthand with this gorgeous Audi auto. Simply drop by our dealership or call us to schedule a test drive.


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