2019 Acura ILX vs. 2019 Lexus IS

If you are looking for a luxury sedan, the 2019 Acura ILX and 2019 Audi A3 are two great options. These vehicles have a lot to offer you in terms of style, features, and performance. Check out the comparison below to get a closer look at what the Acura ILX and Audi A3 can offer you. Below, we will compare the exterior, interior and technology, and performance of these two vehicles to help you determine which one is right for you. Read on to learn more.

Exterior Comparison

First, let’s take a look at the exterior dimensions and features of these two vehicles. When it comes to size, the 2019 Acura ILX has an overall length of 181.9 inches, a width of 70.6 inches, and a height of 55.6 inches. This vehicle sits on a 105.1-inch wheelbase. The 2019 Audi A3 has a length of 175.5 inches, a width of 70.7 inches, and a height of 55.7 inches. It sits on a 103.8-inch wheelbase. That means the Acura ILX is a little bit longer overall.

In terms of exterior styles and features, the Acura ILX was built with an aggressive and sporty design. This vehicle offers you a sculpted hood and trunk with a Diamond Pentagon front grille. You also get 7-LED Jewel Eye headlights, which make this vehicle stand out.

The Audi A3 offers you aggressive design with the signature Singleframe grille and available full LED headlights. With this vehicle, you also get available 19-inch 5-arm wing design Bi-color wheels and sculpted dual exhaust outlets for beautiful form and function.

Interior and Technology

On the inside, the 2019 Acura ILX seats up to five people on leatherette-trimmed seats. These seats are sport seats with an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The front seats are also heated, and this vehicle offers you a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. You also get a standard moonroof.

In terms of technology, you get a lot of great standard features in the 2019 Acura ILX. This vehicle offers you a standard infotainment system with a 5-inch display, a USB port, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free. You also get a lot of safety technology standard. This standard safety technology includes lane keep assist, forward collision warning, a rearview parking camera, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and more.

The 2019 Acura ILX also offers some available technology features. These include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, blind spot monitoring, a 7-inch touchscreen, an 8-inch information display, and more.

In the 2019 Audi A3, you get standard leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. You also get heated front seats standard. You also get standard features like dual-zone automatic climate control and a panoramic sunroof. You can upgrade to get Nappa leather upholstery in the 2019 A3.

Standard technology features in the 2019 Audi A3 include an infotainment system, a 7-inch display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a nine-speaker audio system. You also get a few standard safety features on the 2019 A3. These active safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and forward collision warning.
Available technology features for the A3 include wireless phone charging, a navigation system, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. You also get some available safety features that you have to upgrade for. These available features include adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, and Audi side assist.

Overall, these vehicles have a lot to offer you. They both offer you a standard infotainment system, Bluetooth, and USB ports. However, the 2019 Acura ILX offer you a lot more safety technology standard than the Audi A3. You have to pay extra for some of that safety technology in the A3.


Next, let’s take a look at performance including engine options and fuel efficiency for these two vehicles.

In the 2019 Acura ILX, you only have one engine option. This engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. With this engine you can get 201-horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. In terms of fuel efficiency, you can get 24 city and 34 highway miles per gallon.

In the 2019 Audi A3 you have a base engine that is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine gives you 184-horsepower. However, if you have the all-wheel-drive version of the A3, you get a 228-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter engine. This base engine gives you 26 city and 35 highway miles per gallon.

If you are looking for added performance, there are two performance models called the S3 and the RS 3 that offer you turbocharged engines. The S3 offers you a 288-horsepower turbo-four engine, and the RS 3 gives you a 394-horsepower turbocharged five-cylinder engine. However, these options start at $44,500 and $56,200 respectively.

In terms of performance, the engine in the 2019 Acura ILX offers you more horsepower than the base engine in the 2019 Audi A3. You can upgrade the Audi for more power, but you are going to have to pay for it.

Which is Right for You?

Both of these cars offer you a great option for a luxurious and capable compact car. They both offer you beautiful and capable exteriors. When you look at technology and safety features, the Acura ILX offers you more standard safety technology. Then, when you look at performance, the ILX offers you the better base engine. The Audi A3 does offer you some performance trims, but they are going to be significantly more expensive.

Finally, if you take a look at pricing, the 2019 Acura ILX starts off at a price of $25,900. This vehicle can go up to a price of $35,500 if you add extra features. The 2019 Audi A3 has a starting price of $32,500, and it can get up to a price over $55,000. That makes the Audi A3 significantly more expensive than the Acura ILX, and it does not offer you that many more features.

Overall, in terms of features, technology, performance, and style, the 2019 Acura ILX is the better option for your money. You can get a lot of amazing technology and features as well as a solid performance for a great price.

*Prices shown do not include a destination & handling charge. Destination charges for MDX, RDX, RLX, TLX, ILX is $995.00, NSX (2019 MY) is $1,800 and NSX (2020 MY) is $1,995.