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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs. 2019 Acura ILX

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA admittedly looks lavish inside and out. It is generously packed with standard features and promises a premium performance, without being too costly. It is the car of choice for those who want to own a luxury vehicle but not yet ready to commit to a massive premium car.

Another entry-level luxury sedan is the 2019 Acura ILX. The refreshed version made it interesting to car buyers and it will be fascinating to compare it to the new CLA.

Design & Style

The signature diamond-block grille that is stamped with the iconic star logo, gives the CLA a poised and attractive exterior. Expensive-looking details like the LED tail lamps and swept-back silhouette make the car look sleek and upscale. The cabin has a striking layout, highlighted by the “floating” infotainment system.

At first glance, the ILX looks like it really belongs to the luxury cars category. A closer look, however, will reveal how common it’s styling really is. The reason is that its design dates back to its 2013 version, with some 2012 Honda Civic design elements thrown in.

Technology & Safety

The COMAND® infotainment system continues to impress the public. It is great that the CLA can be equipped with it. If you prefer to get the smartphone integration instead, the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are great options too. New safety features, like the Me Connect and Attention Assist, are innovative additions. They make using the driver aids more seamless hence making the car a lot safer.

The ILX uses last-generation technology for its infotainment system. Those who have seen and tried the advanced technology from competitors will surely get disappointed with the ILX. The same is true with its safety features.


The smooth and spirited driving experience is guaranteed with the CLA’s 208 hp 2.0-liter engine. It can reach 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. The car feels stable and easy to control with an easy to modulate braking system.

The ILX is fun to drive. Its 2.4-liter engine, however, can only reach up to 201 hp. There is a need to keep the rpm at above 4,000 if you want it to be responsive. It demands only light steering and its direct response make the drive feel a bit sporty.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Acura ILX could be great if only the company did not hold back on giving it a fresher design and a more advanced technology. The lack of technology and modern design made it look and feel cheap instead of a luxury vehicle. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA, on the other hand, looks rightfully luxurious. Its appearance, technology, and performance are appropriate for being a premium car.

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If you are interested in buying the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA, let Mercedes-Benz of Huntington deliver the best deal in town for you. We serve customers throughout the state and its surrounding regions. Drop by our showroom located in Huntington or call us to pre-book for a 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA test drive appointment today!

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