The Most Reliable 2020 Entry-Level Luxury Cars According to Consumer Reports

Entry-level luxury cars give you access to the luxe life but at a more affordable price. Until recently, there weren’t many options in this market, but now this  luxury car class is growing. The best entry-level luxury cars should perform exceptionally well and provide you with some of the latest tech. Here are the most reliable entry-level luxury cars for 2020, according to Consumer Reports.

2020 Audi A3

Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e compact 5-door hatchback car on display at Brussels Expo
The Audi A3 | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

The 2020 Audi A3 is the perfect entry-level luxury car. With the A3, you get Audi’s superior driving experience but at a more reasonable price. Consumer Reports deemed the A3 as the most reliable option in the entry-level luxury category and gave it a ranking of four out of five. CR recognizes the A3 for its balanced driving dynamics and its long list of standard features.

This Audi gets its power from a 184-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine linked to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The base A3 is also impressive when it comes to fuel economy. Models with all-wheel-drive have the same motor, but it’s tuned to create 228-hp. If you can afford to splurge a little, you might also want to consider the available high-performance variants: the S3 and the RS 3. 

The Audi A3 has a clean interior complete with a modern infotainment system.
2020 Audi A3 interior | Audi

The S3 comes with a 288-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four and the 394-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine. These two options make the A3 more of a thrill to drive, but no matter which model you pick, you’ll find that the A3 is quick off the line. 

On the inside, the A3 doesn’t provide the same refined car cabin experience that other Audis are known for. Still, it does come with handsome leather upholstery and an impressive infotainment system. A 7-inch display screen, 10-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are all standard. 

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2020 Acura ILX

White 2020 Acura ILX A-Spec driving down a fall forest road
2020 Acura ILX A-Spec | Acura

You can think of the Acura ILX as the upscale version of the Honda Civic. But honestly, the lines between the ILX and the Civic are a bit blurred. The most attractive aspects of the ILX are its above-average reliability ratings and its easy-to-drive compact size. Additionally, the ILX is pretty cheap for a luxury vehicle.

The ILX isn’t super fast, but Honda fans will appreciate its comfortable ride quality and smoothness. This Acura comes with a 201-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The ILX also is one of the more fuel-efficient options in its class.

The Acura ILX A-Spec features red sport-inspired seats.
Acura ILX A-Spec | Acura

Another bright spot on the ILX is its standard advanced safety features. The ILX comes with forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and many more. Not many infotainment features come standard on the ILX, so you’ll have to upgrade for more smartphone integration apps. 

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Which is the better entry-level luxury car?

The ILX starts at $25,900, and the A3 starts at $33,300. For a more well-rounded luxury experience, the A3 is by far the better choice. The best thing about the ILX is its low-price for a luxury nameplate.