When you want the convenience of a compact car along with unrestricted access to top-quality features and amenities, the luxury small car class is sure to have what you're looking for. As soon as you enter the market full of premium options, you'll see that Mercedes-Benz leads the way with the versatile A-Class. It's likely that the Acura ILX has also crossed your radar, so let's park these two high-end contenders side by side to see which one has more to offer.
These competitors' luxury-class designation sets high expectations for high-quality interiors, but as soon as you open the doors, you'll notice an obvious difference between the two. In keeping with the rest of the lauded Mercedes-Benz lineup, the A-Class accommodates all its passengers in a refined cabin with sophisticated design and upscale furnishings throughout. Attractive leatherette upholstery and elegant aluminum trim both come standard, and the front seats come with ample bolstering to maintain posture support along winding roads. The ILX doesn't present the same luxury fit and finish found elsewhere in its market, and you'll see hard plastic surfaces in plain sight. As you rise to merging and passing speed on the highway, you'll also have to contend with a notable level of exterior noise.
The technology interfaces for each car also differ widely. In the A-Classa, you'll find two crystal-clear screens along the dashboard, with a 7-inch digital display behind the steering wheel and a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen in the center stack. The display screen presents your instruments and gauges at an easy glance, and the infotainment touchscreen makes accessing your preferred features and apps straightforward and quick. Although the ILX's touchscreen system is easy to operate, critics have noted that it doesn't seem as modern as its contemporaries. The A-Class also comes standard with features that require an additional cost in the ILX, including smartphone synchronization through Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto. Because safety is always a top priority, both vehicles come standard with safety systems like automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.
The powertrain you'll find under the A-Class' hood depends on which variation you choose, as Mercedes-Benz offers a couple unique engines for virtually any drivers' goals. The standard A 220 runs on a 188-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder that generates ample energy for sporty excursions. For even more muscle, consider the athletic AMG A 35, which is powered by a specially-tuned 4-cylinder that turns out 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both options pair smoothly with the car's dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission. The IXL's sole engine is a robust 201-horsepower 4-cylinder, and while most drivers should find that it handles the daily drive sufficiently, critics lament that it strains more than its peers to accelerate from a full stop. The Acura's taught suspension and relatively vague steering dynamics also trail the A-Class, which feel engaging and composed as you take twists and turns.
If you would like to learn more about the A-Class and all its variations, contact us or come by the dealership for a test drive. At Mercedes-Benz of Fredericksburg, our automotive professionals will work with all your wishes and requirements to find the right model and features to fit your lifestyle. We'll also make auto financing simple and easy, and you can get started today by getting pre-approved online!