Compare 2018 Acura ILX vs 2018 Audi A3

2018 Acura ILX
2018 Audi A3
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Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
ILX Sedan 25 35 $26,701 $28,100
ILX Sedan w/AcuraWatch Plus 25 35 $27,932 $29,400
ILX Sedan w/Premium Pkg 25 35 $28,595 $30,100
ILX Sedan w/Premium/A-SPEC Pkg 25 35 $30,490 $32,100
ILX Sedan w/Technology Plus Pkg 25 35 $31,437 $33,100
ILX Sedan w/Technology Plus/A-SPEC Pkg 25 35 $33,332 $35,100
ILX Special Edition Sedan 25 35 $27,458 $28,900
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2.0 TFSI Premium FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium FWD 25 33 $35,666 $38,350
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus FWD 25 33 $35,666 $38,350
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro AWD 22 30 $38,178 $41,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro AWD 22 30 $38,178 $41,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Prestige FWD 25 33 $35,666 $38,350
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro AWD 22 30 $38,178 $41,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium FWD 25 33 $37,248 $40,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus FWD 25 33 $37,248 $40,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus quattro AWD 22 30 $39,758 $42,750
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium quattro AWD 22 30 $39,758 $42,750
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Premium N/A N/A $36,736 $39,500
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Premium Plus N/A N/A $36,736 $39,500
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Prestige N/A N/A $36,736 $39,500
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Tech Premium N/A N/A $37,806 $40,650
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Tech Premium Plus N/A N/A $37,806 $40,650
RS 3 2.5 TFSI S Tronic 19 28 $51,058 $54,900
S3 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus 22 28 $40,596 $43,650
S3 2.0 TFSI Prestige 22 28 $40,596 $43,650
S3 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus 22 28 $42,362 $45,550
S3 2.0 TFSI Tech Prestige 22 28 $42,362 $45,550
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,701
$35,666
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,100
$38,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$468 / month
$639 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
5.8
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Acura ILX is an acceptable entry-level luxury car, but a loaded-up mainstream model like the Honda Civic delivers more features and refinements for less money. The 2018 Audi S3 is a blast to drive, but it suffers from a tiny rear seat and the Volkswagen Golf R offers the same performance with more room for less.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
51.7 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 54.8
Second Head Room (in)
35.9 36.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.3 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 45.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
50.3 -
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Leg Room (in)
34 31.9
Front Head Room (in)
38 37.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 61.2
Length, Overall (in)
181.9 174.1
Height, Overall (in)
55.6 55.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 60.1
Wheelbase (in)
105.1 102.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.6 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.3 9.9
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 12.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 36.1
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/45VR17 P225/45HR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/45VR17 P225/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3093 3428
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
410 320
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
95 140
Engine
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3800 221 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4 L/144 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
201 @ 6800 186 @ 4400
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 33
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.22 0.93
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.76
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.08 3.40
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.48 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 4.77
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 1.77
Trans Type
8 7
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.96 0.70
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.62 0.64
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.22 2.90
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.18 2.75
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Cabriolet
Vehicle Name
Acura ILX Audi A3 Cabriolet
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 6.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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