2019 Acura ILX Premium 2.4l 4 cylinder from North America
An inexpensive car to lease with premium amenities
So far, I have had no issues with the car.
I was previously leasing a 2016 BMW 328i. The expiration of that lease coincided with a move to the city and I was kind of debating whether I still needed a vehicle. Ultimately, I decided I would lease another car but try and save a few bucks. I looked at cars I thought would give me a somewhat similar driving experience to the BMW, but at a lower price point and obviously with less creature comforts and prestige. So far, the ILX has given me what I sought after.
I've had the ILX almost a year now, but have only put about 4000 miles on it. The ILX was redesigned in 2019 and the improvements are positive. The previous model was honestly kind of tacky looking, whereas the 2019+ has more poise and a bit more class. Having said that, the interior is kind of bland and does feel a step below BMW. But it's tolerable and I'm actually quite impressed by the quality of the leather and comfort of the seats.
It doesn't handle with the agility of a BMW, but it's engaging enough. I find the transmission shifts a bit strangely at low speeds, but most of the time it's quite smooth. There's a bit of throttle response delay typical of drive by wire cars. The suspension is a bit jarring and a weak point, as is the small fuel tank.
The AM reception is very weak. Also, perhaps due to the muffler, I occasionally hear a whistling noise while downshifting. I may have this checked when I bring the car in for its first service.
Overall, I am happy with the ILX. It's an inexpensive vehicle to lease and maintain and I expect it to be hassle free and receive solid treatment from the dealership for the duration of the lease. I have no idea how a car like this would hold up after say 10 years, but for a lease I'd say it's a great choice.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th July, 2020