Comparison: 2018 Acura TLX vs 2018 Audi A4

January 2nd, 2018 by

Comparison: 2018 Acura TLX vs 2018 Audi A4

 

The TLX has classic, subdued styling, which belies its beast status among those who own it. Recently, Edmunds reported that the new TLX has earned best-possible ratings among consumers, receiving five stars for performance, comfort, interior, safety, tech, reliability, and value.

It may seem hard to beat, but the midsize luxury sedan segment is competitive. So, how does it stack up against the rest?

Below, we’ll compare the 2018 Acura TLX to the 2018 Audi A4 in terms of comfort, convenience, and performance.

Comfort and Convenience

Acura TLX

New Yorkers know luxury when they see it, which is why the TLX is such an easy sell in Middletown. You have the choice between sport seats with leatherette trim, perforated Milano premium leather trim, or Alcantara seating surfaces, depending on the trim you choose. The TLX is also available with 12-way power seats with lumbar support and thigh extension, as well as three-level heated front and rear outboard seats or six-level heated and ventilated front seats.
Additionally, the TLX comes with the option for GPS-linked automatic climate control, Acura Personalized Settings, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, 4-Door Smart Entry, and your choice of white or red accent lighting. A power moonroof, Active Sound Control, ambient cabin lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a connectivity pocket with sliding tray are all standard on the TLX.

Audi A4

All models of the 2018 A4 come with leather seating and heated seats, but do not come with the option for a non-animal product alternative, heated rear seats, or ventilated front seats. Also, front seats are only adjustable eight ways, even on the highest trim.
The 2018 A4 is available with three-zone climate control, moonroof, split-folding seatbacks, ambient LED interior lighting, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Audi sedan is not available with a heated steering wheel or active sound control.

Performance

Acura TLX

The 2018 TLX has two engine variants. The base is a 2.4-liter inline-4 mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, making 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. You can also upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 with 9-speed automatic transmission, which makes 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque and comes available with all-wheel drive.
The base engine has a fuel economy of 23 MPG city and 33 MPG highway, while the V6 gets up to 20 MPG city and 32 MPG highway. *

Audi A4

The 2018 A4 has two variants of a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, with the base producing 190 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque and the Quattro making 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The Quattro comes standard with all-wheel drive and has the option for a manual transmission.
According to EPA estimates, the A4 gets up to 27 MPG city and 37 MPG highway, and the Quattro gets up to 24 MPG city and 33 MPG highway. *

Pricing

Acura TLX

Starting at $33,000 MSRP**

Audi A4

Starting at $36,000 MSRP**

 

Category: Comparison
Tags: 2018 TLX, Audi, midsize sedan, comparison

*2018 EPA mileage based on 2018 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.

**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

Posted in 2018 Models, Comparison