2018 Acura TLX vs Audi A4 Comparison

Considering an Audi A4? We recommend you try the new 2018 Acura TLX as well.

The TLX was just refreshed for 2018, with a dynamic new look that grabs attention for all the right reasons. Along with a sporty new five-point black mesh grille, it also boasts standard LED headlamps with automatic high beams for greater nighttime visibility. Choosing LED headlights with auto high beams will force you to pay $8,500 more for the $47,000 mid-range A4 Progressiv before requiring an additional $900.

Truly, the 2018 TLX value proposition is hard to beat. Despite more standard features its $35,990 starting price is $2,500 more affordable than the base A4, but it still gets a more powerful four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission featuring standard paddle shifters, paddles being optional with the Audi while its standard automatic transmission only offers seven forward gears.

The TLX also features standard Amplitude Reactive Dampers, Agile Handling Assist, and Precision All-Wheel Steering, none of which are available with the A4. Move up to Acura's renowned torque-vectoring Super Handling AWD and a state-of-the-art nine-speed automatic with paddles gets added.

The standard TLX is safer than the base A4 too, thanks to a full suite of advanced active safety technologies including forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning with steering wheel haptic feedback, lane keeping assist, and road departure mitigation, while standard convenience features include adaptive cruise control with low speed follow. While adaptive cruise control is standard with the A4, you'll need to spend another $12,100 in order to move up to top-line $50,600 Technik trim, and then you'll need to pay another $2,000 in order to get fewer active safety features in the Audi.

A multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines is also standard with the TLX, the A4 requiring the pricey move up to mid-range Progressiv trim for that, while you'll need to the same for driver's seat memory or tack on the $850 Convenience Package.

Add it up. Getting an Audi A4 with such important safety and convenience features will set you back another $16,600 over the beautifully finished, high-quality, strong performing standard TLX. Do yourself a favour and take a closer look at the impressive new 2018 Acura TLX.