Acura ILX Vs. Audi A3

By Justin Cupler | March 25th, 2019

Small luxury sedans are great ways to get the posh feeling of a well-equipped car without breaking the bank. And two models that offer this are the 2019 Acura ILX and 2019 Audi A3. These sporty, luxurious sedans have tons to offer the Rochester area luxury car fans, but which is better for your family? Find out below.


The 2019 Acura ILX and 2019 Audi A3 couldn’t be much further from each other in terms of design. The 2019 ILX rolls in boasting a recent refresh and a body that is sharp and sporty. It includes hard cutlines, striking LED headlights, and other bold design cues that set it up nicely for the younger crowd.

The 2019 Audi A3 boasts a more toned-down style with softer curves and less drama. While some buyers may find this boring, it is something the manufacturer has done for many years to allow its vehicles to age gracefully.

Both models also have sportier packages to spice things up. The A3 has its S line package, while the 2019 ILX has the A-Spec package. Both add a lot of show but no performance upgrades.


Measurement 2019 Acura ILX 2019 Audi A3 Difference
Length 182.2 inches 175.5 to 175.7 inch +6.7 to +6.9 inches
Width 70.6 inches 70.7 inches -0.1 inches
Height 55.6 inches 55.7 inches -0.1 inches
Wheelbase 105.1 inches 103.8 inches +1.2 inches
Ground Clearance 5.3 inches
Curb weight 3,095 to 3,148 pounds 3,197 to 3,462 pounds -102 to -314 pounds


Advantage: 2019 Acura ILX

  • Sportier looks
  • Striking LED headlights
  • Lighter and nimbler

Advantage: 2019 Audi A3

  • Timeless looks
  • Sporty S line package


Inside, the sportier ILX continues its ways with a cabin filled with more style and sportiness than the A3. From its large dual-screen infotainment system, to its bold red seating, the 2019 Acura ILX is a great car for a younger buyer who’s looking to stand out in a crowd. Or just someone who’s young at heart.

Inside, the Audi A3 also continues its exterior ways with a simple and clean cabin with minimal clutter. Its one standout feature is the 7-inch infotainment screen atop the dash, but the rest of the cabin is simple and luxurious.

In terms of roominess, the larger ILX body shows with the Acura boasting more room in every key measurement.


Measurement 2019 Acura ILX 2019 Audi A3 Difference
Front headroom 38 inches 36.5 inches +1.5 inches
Front legroom 42.3 inches 41.2 inches +1.1 inches
Front shoulder room 55.6 inches 54.8 inches +0.8 inches
Front hip room 50.3 inches
Rear headroom 35.9 inches 36.1 inches +0.2 inches
Rear legroom 34 inches 35.1 inches +1.1 inches
Rear shoulder room 53.6 inches 53 inches +0.6 inches
Rear hip room 51.7 inches
Trunk capacity 12.4 cubic feet 12.3 cubic feet +0.1 cubic feet


Advantage: 2019 Acura ILX

  • Roomier cabin
  • Sporty look
  • Sharp A-Spec package

Advantage: 2019 Audi A3

  • Standard leather upholstery
  • Simple but luxurious cabin


The 2019 Acura ILX and 2019 Audi A3 deliver good performance for their class, but they go about creating power in differing ways. The 2019 ILX uses a high-revving 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine to whiz out 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. This heads through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and out to the front wheels to deliver a 6.8-second 0-to-60 sprint.

The Audi A3 prefers boost, and this is evident with the A3’s two 2.0-liter turbocharged options. The standard engine pushes 186 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and out to the front wheels for a 6.6-second sprint to 60 mph. With quattro all-wheel drive, the 2.0-liter engine’s output jumps to 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which drops the 0-to-60 time to just 5.8 seconds.

Where the ILX loses in straight-line speed, it makes up for with better fuel economy.


2019 Acura ILX 2019 Audi A3 Difference
Engine 2.4-liter 4-cyl 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 201 hp at 6,800 rpm 186 hp at 4,400 to 6,000 rpm +15 hp
Torque 180 lb-ft at 3,600 rpm 221 lb-ft at 1,600 to 4,400 rpm -41 lb-ft
Transmission 8-speed dual-clutch 7-speed dual-clutch
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 6.8 seconds 6.6 seconds +0.2 seconds
MPG City 24 mpg* 26 mpg -2 mpg
MPG Highway 38 mpg* 35 mpg +3 mpg
MPG Combined 28 mpg* 29 mpg 1 mpg
2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
220 hp at 4,500 to 6,200 rpm -19 hp
258 lb-ft at 1,600 to 4,400 rpm -78 lb-ft
6-speed dual-clutch
0-60 time
5.8 seconds +1 second
MPG City
22 mpg +2 mpg
MPG Highway
30 mpg +8 mpg
MPG Combined
25 mpg +3 mpg


Advantage: 2019 Acura ILX

  • More horsepower
  • Better overall fuel economy
  • Lighter and nimbler

Advantage: 2019 Audi A3

  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Available all-wheel drive

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Acura ILX doesn’t have traditional trim levels. Instead it has a base trim and three packages that act as trims — Premium Package, Technology Package, and A-Spec. Starting prices range from $25,900** to $29,650**.


The 2019 Audi A3 has three trims — Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige — and their starting prices range from $32,500** to $41,700**.

2019 Acura ILX Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Standard: $25,900**

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 17-inch Glitter Silver machine-finished Y-spoke wheels
  • Power moonroof
  • Jewel Eye LED headlights
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • LED taillights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Chrome exhaust outlet
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Sport seats
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Eight-way power front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Center rear armrest
  • Fold-down rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • GPS-linked climate control
  • Keyless access with smart entry
  • Keyless ignition
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front glass
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Active sound control
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Bright silver and chrome dash trim
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • USB audio interface
  • MP3 capability
  • Pandora capability
  • Speed-sensitive volume control
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • SMS text messaging capability
  • 5-inch color touchscreen
  • Color multi-information display
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Multi-view rear camera
  • Hill-start assist


W/ Premium Package: $27,650**

  • All standard features, plus
  • 17-inch Pewter Gray Metallic machine-finished Y-spoke wheels
  • Perforated Milano leather and Ultrasuede interior with contrast stitching and piping
  • Two-position driver’s seat and mirror memory
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Seven-speaker Acura Premium Audio System
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SMS, MMS text message and email capability
  • 8-inch LED touchscreen
  • On Demand Multi-Use Display 2.0
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert


W/ Technology Package: $29,550**

  • All W/ Premium Package features, plus
  • 10-speaker Acura ELS Studio Premium Sound System
  • MP3 compatibility
  • Song By Voice
  • Acura Navigation
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic
  • Traffic Rerouting
  • Color multi-information display
  • AcuraLink Connected Services
  • Multi-View Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines


A-Spec: $29,650**

  • All W/ Premium Package features, plus
  • 18-inch Shark Gray 15-spoke wheels
  • Dark-chrome lighting accents
  • LED fog lights
  • Dark-chrome accents
  • Piano-black rear spoiler
  • Piano-black rear diffuser
  • Side underbody spoilers
  • Sport A-Spec seats
  • A-Spec insignia on steering wheel
  • Graphite and chrome dash trim
  • A-Spec-exclusive red instrument panel illumination
  • Ebony headliner
  • Stainless-steel sport pedals
  • Song By Voice

2019 Audi A3 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Premium: $32,500

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 17-inch five-arm-design wheels
  • Singleframe grille
  • Xenon plus headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Power, heated mirrors with LED turn signals
  • Matte-black window trim
  • Heated windshield washer nozzles
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Micrometallic interior inlays
  • Leather-wrapped gear shifter
  • Leather seating
  • Eight-way power, heated front seats
  • Black cloth headliner
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Aluminum front door-sill inlays
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Rearview camera
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 7-inch center screen
  • 10-speaker Audi sound system with 180-watts
  • CD player with MP3 playback
  • HD RAdio
  • SiriusXM
  • USB ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision alert


Premium Plus: $36,500

  • All Premium features, plus
  • 18-inch double-five-spoke bi-color wheels
  • Color driver information center
  • Full-LED headlights
  • Dynamic rear turn signals
  • Aluminum side window trim
  • S-line bumpers, side sills, and fender badges
  • One-touch unlock on front door and trunk
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Aluminum Mistral inlays
  • Wireless charger
  • Cellphone signal booster
  • 12-way power front seats
  • Ambient LED lighting package
  • S badging on door-sill inlays
  • Keyless ignition
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Audi Drive Select
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert


Prestige: $41,700

  • All Premium Plus features, plus
  • 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster
  • MMI Navigation plus
  • MMI Touch with handwriting recognition
  • INRIX HD Traffic
  • 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system with 705 watts
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Rear USB charging ports
  • Full-speed adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Parking assist

Who Should Buy the 2019 Acura ILX?

The 2019 Acura ILX is a great car for a younger buyer or a newcomer to the luxury segment. Not only does its have a more youthful look, but it is also significantly less expensive than the A3, despite matching its features and offering more interior room.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Audi A3?

More established luxury car buyers will appreciate the timeless looks the A3 offers. This means they can buy it and enjoy it for many years without it looking old. Sure, this means the look is more vanilla now, but that is a tradeoff for years of not having to buy a new car to look great.


Come down to Acura of Rochester today to test drive the 2019 Acura ILX for yourself and see what it can offer your family. You won’t head back to Pittsford disappointed. If you can’t make it to our Fairport area Acura dealership today, you can hop over to our online inventory page and see what 2019 ILX models we have in stock here in Rochester that suit your needs and schedule a test drive for later.


* 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 only) and other factors.

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