Although the competition is fierce in the segment of around $30k – Mercedes-Benz CLA, BMW Series 2, Audi A3, the new 2016 Acura ILX, being the most affordable of the rest, doesn’t seem to have much to offer, other than it’s price, but let’s review the facts and set a straight answer.
2016 Acura ILX Exterior
Looking at the exterior, the differences between the old Acura and the new 2016 Acura ILX are quite subtle, to say the least. The front end has a slightly more “edgy” look, due to the redesigned front bumper and convexdness of the center, which is slightly more expressed than on the previous model. The grille is larger, as well as headlights, but only by a margin. The shape of the headlights kept more or less the same design and other differences, other than “Jewel Eye” LED lamps featured in the new model, are virtually non existent. The back of the car hasn’t changed much, either. Tail lights share the same design as the previous model, but they are, in fact, slightly larger. Rear bumper now features air-extractor – like elements at the bottom, as well as subtly convex center – just like the front.
Interior of new ILX
Looks like Honda was satisfied with the interior layout, too, and they should. The controls layout is well thought out and easily accesssable, but what Honda did with this model, that makes all the difference compared to the older model, is noise reduction. Thicker front door glass, Active Noise Control System, additional noise insulation and noise-reducing wheels work in synergy to make the cabin of 2016 Acura ILX as quiet as possible. To make the interior “feel” more luxurious, contrast stiching to the steering wheel, shifter and handbrake is added.
2016 ILX Engine
Although there has been an announcements that the customers would be given a choice between a hybrid, and a 2.4 liter direct-injected engine, only the latter remained as an option, which will be mandatory for all new ILXs and it’s a replacement for the old 2.0 liter engine, which had 150 HP and 190 Nm of torque. It has 201 HP (6800 rpm), 244 Nm (3600 rpm) of torque and it is paired with an 8-speed, dual clutch automatic, with manual shifting mode transmission system, with a torque converter mechanism, to allow for a more steady drive, adopted from a TLX. The new engine and transmission system will surely make a difference, especially compared to the previous model.
2016 Acura ILX Pricing
The price for a base model of 2016 Acura ILX starts at $28,820 ($30,120 including the Acura Watch – a standardized saftey system that includes adaptive cruise control, collision detection system and lane-keeping assistance).
Although not at the first glance, Honda has made an improvement over the previous model. It looks like the designers have approached the point at which it’s not possible to make a change to a design, without altering the entire concept – apparently something that Honda officials are not ready to do, yet. Other than that, the new 2016 Acura ILX has a chance against it’s furious German competition and beside looks (which is far from bad), it has plenty to offer.