The Audi A3 and the all-new Acura Integra are both entry-level luxury sedans, but there are some big differences between these two cars. You can’t go wrong with either, but they’re suitable for different drivers.
Let’s take a closer look at these premium sedans and find the right one for you.
2023 Acura Integra
The Acura Integra has returned after a long hiatus as the Japanese luxury brand’s entry-level sedan. It retains much of what everyone loved about the original Integra, like a fun driving experience and sporty styling in a reasonably affordable package. Pricing starts at $30,800.
Acura Integra Highlights
Value pricing: The Acura Integra has a lower starting price than the Audi A3, despite the Acura being a bigger car. Even a fully-loaded Integra is still priced well under the $40,000 mark, making it a great value in small luxury sedans.
Available manual transmission: The Acura Integra is available with a 6-speed manual transmission in the A-Spec w/Technology model. The A3, however, is automatic-only. You’ll love the manual Integra if you want the engaging driving experience you can only get with a stick shift in a modern car.
More interior space: Since the Integra is a bigger car than the A3, it has more interior space. Compared to the Audi, the Acura has a little more rear legroom and significantly more cargo space thanks to its liftback design. The Integra has 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seats, while the trunk of the A3 only has 10.9 cubic feet of space.
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2023 Audi A3
The Audi A3 is the brand’s smallest and most affordable sedan. It retains its brand’s virtues of top-notch interior quality and engaging driving manners, especially with the high-performance models. Pricing starts at $34,900.
Audi A3 Highlights
Optional all-wheel drive: The Audi A3 is available with the legendary quattro AWD system, improving all-weather traction. It also improves grip in spirited on-road driving. The Acura Integra is only available with front-wheel drive.
Exciting performance options: The Integra only has one engine option, but the A3 has three. The base 40 TFSI powertrain uses a mild-hybrid turbo 4-cylinder engine that nicely balances performance and efficiency. The S3 uses a more sport-tuned engine with 306 horsepower, and the stunning RS 3 has a turbo 5-cylinder with a whopping 401 horsepower rating.
Top-notch interior: Part of the reason the Audi A3 is more expensive than the Acura Integra is the interior quality. The A3 arguably has the most luxurious interior in its class, with a sophisticated design and excellent materials. Luxurious options include a Bang & Olufsen audio system and the Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus digital gauge cluster.
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Turbo engines, engaging driving dynamics, user-friendly tech features, similar fuel economy
The roomier and more affordable Acura Integra is unquestionably the value choice among these two luxury sedans. It also offers a longer powertrain warranty. However, the Audi A3 is excellent if you want a genuine German luxury sports sedan at an attainable price point. Which one is right for you depends on your priorities.
|2023 Acura Integra||2023 Audi A3|
|Engine||1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder||2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder|
|Horsepower||200 hp @ 6,000 rpm||201 hp @ 5,000 rpm|
|Torque||192 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm||221 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm|
|Fuel Economy||30 city/37 highway/33 combined mpg||28 city/38 highway/32 combined mpg|
|Also Available||6-speed manual||AWD, 306-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder, 401-hp turbocharged 5-cylinder|
|Basic Warranty||4 years/50,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||6 years/70,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||107.7 inches||103.5 inches|
|Overall Length||185.8 inches||176.9 inches|
|Width||72.0 inches||70.7 inches|
|Height||55.5 inches||56.2 inches|
|Turning Diameter||38.1 feet||36.4 feet|
|Headroom, Front||37.6 inches||36.8 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||36.4 inches||36.6 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.3 inches||41.2 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||37.4 inches||35.2 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||57.0 inches||54.8 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||56.0 inches||53.0 inches|
|Cargo Volume||24.3 cubic feet||10.9 cubic feet|