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The 2019 Audi A3, the 2019 BMW 2-Series and the 2019 Acura ILX Are Excellent First-Time Luxury Cars in Charlotte

Luxury cars don't have to be unaffordable--while there is a certain level of exclusivity in the luxury segment, smaller sports sedans are surprisingly affordable, and perfectly practical for local Charlotte drivers who are looking to break into the world of premium performance. Models like the 2019 Acura ILX and the 2019 Audi A3 start under $35,000 (with Acura's smallest sedan starting under $29,000), they come equipped with tons of great luxury features and connectivity options, and they offer plenty of power to put some get-up-and-go into your commute.

Explore the differences among the all-new Audi A3, BMW 2-Series and the Acura ILX to get a feel for these two premium compact sports sedans, and see which might be the best fit for you as a first luxury car, second car for the family, or just your new favorite efficient commuter.

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2019 Acura ILX vs All-New 2019 Audi A3

  • The 2019 Audi A3 starts at $31,950--fully loaded models are expected to start at almost $41,000
  • The 2019 Acura ILX starts at around $25,900--fully loaded models start around $33,500
  • It's not hard to see that the Acura ILX is the better value here; but when you look at features lists and options, it's even more surprising to see how much you get for the money
  • The 2019 Acura ILX offers a roomy 12.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk--the Audi A3 sedans can't match that versatility
  • Acura's sports sedan comes standard with a 201-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Audi's small luxury car is expected to offer a 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine--that's about $6,000 more for 17 less horsepower
  • Audi's 2019 A3 is expected to be equipped with a seven-speed transmission; Acura's with an eight-speed transmission
  • Noise and sound cancellation technology comes standard in the 2019 Acura ILX--not yet in the Audi A3
  • The 2019 Audi A3 offers 48 months and/or 50,000 miles of powertrain warranty coverage
  • The 2019 Acura ILX offers 72 months and/or 70,000 miles of powertrain warranty coverage


  • Exterior styling options like the Diamond Pentagon grille and Jewel Eye Headlights are both fashionable and functional, making the 2019 Acura ILX stand out
  • The exterior of the 2019 BMW 2 Series is clean and sporty, but doesn't quite match up to the aggressive attitude of the Acura ILX
  • Standard upholstery for the 2019 Acura ILX is a smooth and premium leatherette, and front seats are heated on even the base model
  • Standard upholstery for the 2019 BMW 2 Series is the brand's synthetic faux-leather, and heating elements for the front seats are an expensive add-on
  • Acura's dual-screen On Demand Multi-Use Display system is far more advanced and user-friendly than BMW's simple, one-screen infotainment system

  • Any prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

    2019 Acura ILX vs 2019 BMW 2 Series

    • The 2019 Acura ILX starts at around $25,900
    • The 2019 BMW 2 Series starts at around $35,300
    • Both of these cars offer a standard eight-speed automatic transmission for smoother shifting and a more enjoyable ride
    • The 2019 BMW 2 Series enjoys a slight edge in horsepower over the 2019 Acura ILX
    • Warranty coverage for both cars is identical, with both Acura and BMW offering standard coverage of 4 years or 50,000 miles--whichever comes first