Comparison: 2017 Acura ILX vs 2017 Audi A3 2.0T

June 21st, 2017 by

The luxury sedan segment offers a lot of options for New Yorkers seeking performance, comfort, style, and safety – beyond the old European brands you may be used to seeing. If you’re looking for all the amenities of a luxe vehicle but in a modern package, you should come visit Friendly Acura.

Here, we can tell you how Acura models stand out from the rest of the pack. For example, the 2017 Acura ILX versus the 2017 Audi A3 – two impeccable luxury sedans, with a few key differences. Read on to see how these two models stack up:


Acura ILX

The 2017 ILX comes available with the advanced system of driver assistance technology, AcuraWatch Plus. This includes Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, blind spot information system, Multi-View Rear Camera, and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor. You can control and view the status on all systems via a color multi-information display, conveniently located in the center console.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Acura ILX a Top Safety Pick when equipped with optional front crash protection, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating*.

Audi A3 2.0T

The A3 is available with Audi Active Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Pre Sense Front, parking assist, and Side Assist with rear cross traffic alert. The 2017 A3 is not available with collision warning or autonomous braking, which are typically featured on luxury cars today.

The IIHS named the 2017 A3 a Top Safety Pick+ and the NHTSA also gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating.


Acura ILX

The ILX comes standard with 17-inch noise-reducing wheels, Jewel Eye LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control with humidity control and air filtration, a multi-view rear camera, Siri Eyes Free, and power moonroof. Additionally, it’s available with perforated leather trim, iPhone AcuraLink Navigation App connectivity, Driver’s Seat Memory, and On Demand Multi-Use Display.

For the ultimate in tech, the Technology Plus Package adds Acura Navigation System with 3D View, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with street and freeway conditions, Next-Generation AcuraLink, ELS Studio Premium Audio with 10 speakers, and Song by Voice.

Audi A3

The 2017 A3 is equipped with dual-zone climate control, sunroof, LED daytime running lights, and rearview camera, but does not come available with noise-cancelling wheels. It does feature leather seating surfaces, HD Radio, Sirius XM, and available navigation systems, but no driver’s seat memory.

The A3’s Technology Package adds MMI navigation plus with voice control, MMI touch handwriting-recognition technology, and 6 months of Audi connect PRIME and PLUS online services.


Acura ILX

The 2017 ILX is powered by a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It churns out 201 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, and doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy while doing so. According to EPA estimates, it gets 25 MPG city and 35 MPG highway+.

Audi A3 2.0T

The A3 2.0T FWD has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to a dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission. It makes 186 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, and gets an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway+.


Acura ILX
Starting at $28,940 MSRP

Audi A3 2.0T
Starting at $31,200 MSRP

*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit
+Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle,driving conditions and other factors