The 2014 Acura ILX is a balanced compact luxury car for consumers who value affordable luxury. One of its chief competitors is the 2014 Audi A3.
2014 Acura ILX
Acura made a commitment to buyers purchasing their first luxury vehicle that the 2014 Acura ILX would cost less than the Audi A3. Acura opens doors for first time buyers who highly regard exterior styling and environmental issues. For 2014, the ILX gains eight new features including:
- New leather surfaces for seats and doors
- Eight-way driver’s seat
- Front seat heat
- Sound termination system
- Rearview camera with multi-angle views
- 17 inch alloy wheels
- 2014 Acura ILX Compared to 2014 Audi A3
Compared to the 2014 Audi A3, the base price for an Acura ILX is cheaper, $27,795 compared to $33,404. The Audi A3 is comparably equipped to Acura with features including improved radio, upgraded wheels, and heated seats, the price of the Audi A3 soars.
The residual value of the Acura ILX is 56% after three years compared to 50% residual value of the Audi. After 5 years the Acura’s residual value is still higher.
Plans for the 2014 Audi introduction into the United States are vague. The model debuted in Germany and although the model is being hyped as highly fuel-efficient, U.S. residents may not have access to the 2014 model for some time.
When compared with the 2013 Audi A3, the Acura gets better fuel mileage. In the city, Acura gets 24 miles per gallon (mpg) compared to 21 miles. On the highway, the comparison is 35 mpg for Acura and 28 mpg for Audi. Combined city and highway reflect higher mpg for Acura of 28 mpg; Audi 24. The Acura features automatic transmission to the Audi’s manual.
Acura standard models have controls installed on the steering wheel for audio, transmission, and cruise control. The Audi has steering wheel controls for transmission only.
Acura includes a rear-view camera and push-start ignition which are not available in the Audi. Features that are standard with the Acura but not with the Audi include:
- Speed sensing interval wipers
- Power driver seat
- Front heated seats
- Automatic headlights
- Map lights
- Seatback storage
When compared, the driving experience between an Acura and the Audi are very different. You get more for your money with Acura.
“Based on 2014 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.”