Are you currently looking for a luxury compact sedan for sale in the Laval region on the Montreal's North Shore and don't know yet which one to choose between the 2017 Acura ILX and the 2017 Audi A3 Sedan? Here is a comparative test for you to make the most objective decision about these two premium compact cars. The 2017 Acura ILX is refined for sure, but does it have the right assets to convince you when compared to the 2017 Audi A3, which is the benchmark of its category on the Laval and Montreal markets?
The 2017 Audi A3 Sedan is considered as highly advanced technologically by the press, and in the first place by the Motor Trend website, thanks to features like the optional Audi Virtual Cockpit, with its high-definition screen replacing the traditional dashboard gages to display right before your eyes all the essential information related to the road and your vehicle. Welcome to the future! As for the 2017 Acura ILX Premium, while its exterior design is futuristic, its interior is more conventional, with less premium materials, and inferior assembly quality and ergonomics, which remind us that the ILX's genes come from the Honda Civic.
Price wise, the 2017 Acura ILX Premium is sold at $32 090, whereas the 2017 Audi A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Konfort S Tronic is priced at $32 800. For an almost identical price, the Acura ILX Premium offers less equipment like, for example, a simple sunroof on that midrange model, while the Audi A3 features a standard panoramic sunroof in its entry-level version. As for the 2017 Acura ILX Premium's sound system, you will benefit from 6 speakers when the Audi A3 Sedan has 10, which is perfect for enjoying your favorite tracks in the Montreal and Laval traffic jam.
As for performance, these two compact sedans have dual-clutch gearboxes that will deliver easy and smooth yet lightning quick gear shifts. For their engines, two opposite philosophies are at work, with a 2.4-liter 201-hp naturally aspirated motor in the Acura versus a turbocharged 2.0 engine delivering 186 hp for the Audi. However, even if it is more powerful, the 2017 Acura ILX's motor delivers 180 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm, when the Audi's engine offers more with 221 lb-ft of maximum torque, available sooner and on a wider rpm range (from 1,600 rpm to 4,300 rpm). This has a direct effect on accelerations with a 0-100 km/h done in 8 seconds for the 2017 Acura ILX Premium, whereas the Audi does it in 7 seconds only. However, the Audi performance figures are not achieved at the expense of fuel efficiency, since it takes respectively 9.1 liters to travel a 100 kms in a city environment and 6.8 liters for 100 kms of highway, versus 9.4 liters guzzled by the 2017 Acura ILX Premium for 100 kms of city roads and 6.8 liters for 100kms on highway.
Last but not least, the 2017 Audi A3 has a big asset up its sleeve, which is that it is available with the legendary Quattro AWD system, when the 2017 Acura ILX, regardless of the version, has no all-wheel-drive system at all. Hence, the Quattro version of the 2017 Audi A3 will help you tackle the worst weather conditions on our "beautiful" roads from Laval and Montreal, unlike the Acura ILX, especially during winter. This is why the Car Guide has given the 2017 Audi A3 an overall rating of 79%, versus 67% only for the 2017 ILX.
So why don't you come and test-drive the 2017 Audi A3 before seeing the 2017 Acura ILX Premium at your Acura dealer in Laval? You won't be disappointed, and will be able to discover at the same time the complete 2017 Audi lineup, our large inventory of demonstrators and pre-owned Audi vehicles for sale, and our current Audi leasing and financing promotions!