Compare 2021 Acura ILX vs 2020 Audi A3 vs 2021 BMW 2-Series

2021 Acura ILX
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Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
ILX Sedan 24 34 $25,460 $26,100
ILX Sedan w/Premium Package 24 34 $27,056 $28,100
ILX Sedan w/Premium/A-Spec Package 24 34 $28,915 $30,100
ILX Sedan w/Technology Package 24 34 $28,881 $30,000
ILX Sedan w/Technology/A-Spec Package 24 34 $30,736 $32,000
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Premium 40 TFSI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 Sedan Premium 40 TFSI 27 36 $31,304 $33,300
A3 Sedan Premium Plus 40 TFSI 27 36 $31,304 $33,300
A3 Sedan S line Premium 45 TFSI quattro 22 30 $34,312 $36,500
A3 Sedan S line Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 22 30 $34,312 $36,500
RS 3 Sedan 2.5 TFSI 19 28 $52,828 $56,200
S3 Sedan S line Premium 2.0 TFSI quattro 22 29 $40,420 $43,000
S3 Sedan S line Premium Plus 2.0 TFSI quattro 22 29 $40,420 $43,000
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228i Gran Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2 Series 228i Gran Coupe 24 33 $33,700 $35,700
2 Series 228i xDrive Gran Coupe 23 33 $35,560 $37,700
2 Series 230i Convertible 23 33 $39,420 $41,850
2 Series 230i Coupe 25 32 $33,885 $35,900
2 Series 230i xDrive Convertible 21 30 $41,280 $43,850
2 Series 230i xDrive Coupe 21 30 $35,745 $37,900
2 Series M235i xDrive Gran Coupe 23 32 $42,815 $45,500
2 Series M240i Convertible 21 30 $47,885 $50,950
2 Series M240i Coupe 21 30 $43,605 $46,350
2 Series M240i xDrive Convertible 21 30 $49,745 $52,950
2 Series M240i xDrive Coupe 21 30 $45,465 $48,350
M2 Competition Coupe 18 24 $55,275 $58,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,460
$31,304
$33,700
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,100
$33,300
$35,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$435 / month
$555 / month
$595 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
4.7
6.7
6.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Acura ILX is cheap for a luxury badge, but it’s not especially luxurious. The 2020 Audi A3 is a well-equipped entry-level compact sedan that delivers more substance than flash. No matter the flavor, the 2021 BMW 2-Series lineup offers plenty of appeal—if not so much back-seat room.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 27 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 36 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Subcompact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.3 - -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 53 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.2 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
50.3 - -
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
34 35.1 34.4
Front Head Room (in)
38 36.5 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
51.7 - -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 54.8 55.5
Second Head Room (in)
35.9 36.1 38.2
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.6 55.7 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 60.1 61.5
Wheelbase (in)
105.1 103.8 105.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.6 70.7 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 61.2 61.5
Length, Overall (in)
182.2 175.5 178.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 12.3 12
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 10.7 -
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 12.3 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.2 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 36.1 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/45VR17 P225/40HR18 P225/45VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA 927
Front Tire Size
P215/45VR17 P225/40HR18 P225/45VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA 927
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3095 3197 3393
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 18 X 8 17 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 18 X 8 17 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
410 320 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
95 320 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3600 221 @ 1600 258 @ 1450
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.4 L/144 2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
201 @ 6800 184 @ 4300 228 @ 5000
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 30 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 36 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 27 24
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.08 3.40 5.52
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.48 - 0.67
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.12 2.96
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 1.77 2.05
Trans Type
8 7 8
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.96 0.70 1.24
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.62 0.64 0.80
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.22 2.90 4.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.18 2.75 3.18
Trans Order Code
NA UG 205
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.22 0.93 1.49
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.76 1.00
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura ILX Audi A3 Sedan BMW 2 Series
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 5.9 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
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-
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