Compare the Audi A3 VS. Lexus IS

Boasting a streamlined exterior, a patently well-appointed interior with luxury galore, and the kind of exclusivity that accompanies only the Audi brand, the new Audi A3 is poised to be your next compact luxury vehicle! 

Even when you take this Audi and compare it to other small sports sedans such as the Lexus IS, it stands apart, thanks to a generous list of standard and available features, a distinct design, and a range of luxuries:

Interested in the Audi A3? Here's What You Should Know

Before we compare the Audi A3 and the Lexus IS, one of its main competing compact sedans, here's what we think you should know about what the Audi offers:

  • Standard luxuries include leather upholstery, heated front seats & a panoramic sunroof
  • Audi music touchscreen infotainment system keeps you connected to your favorite multimedia
  • Safety features include standard Audi pre sense® front, a standard backup camera, and more
  • Standard 2.0 TFSI® turbo four-cylinder engine makes every driving experience more engaging
  • Available quattro® all-wheel-drive provides extra traction and road-holding confidence

You now know a little more about the Audi A3. But you're probably wondering how everything you've just read about compares to what the Lexus IS can provide - so let's not waste any time in comparing the A3 and IS.

Compare the Audi A3 vs. Lexus IS

While we believe the Audi A3 to be superior to just about any other compact sedan on the market today, for a wide range of reasons, we know you probably are intent on figuring out the facts of how the A3 compares to the competition. So, that said, here's how the Audi A3 and Lexus IS stack up to each other across multiple noteworthy categories like performance, features, and safety.


Performance & Efficiency

Compare Performance

  • The Audi A3 lineup contains five different power-ratings coming from a wide range of powertrains ranging from a standard turbo-four-cylinder to a blistering five-cylinder
  • The Lexus IS offers two available engine choices, one four-cylinder and one V6
  • The A3 lineup power-band peaks with the 400-horsepower Audi S3, while the Lexus IS model lineup peaks at 311-horsepower
  • The A3 model lineup contains a hybrid-electric model – the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron – while the Lexus IS model lineup does not

Compare Efficiency

  • With the standard engine the Audi A3 achieves up to an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway
  • With the standard engine the Lexus IS achieves up to an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway
  • The Audi A3 clearly boasts a more efficient standard powertrain than the Lexus IS by about 4 mpg city/3 mpg highway – not insignificant, especially if you plan to drive a lot for your daily commute

Design & Cargo Space

  • The Audi A3 boasts a sleek and streamlined exterior that's cleanly sculpted and fluid
  • The Lexus IS features an edgier and more angular design than the Audi A3
  • Inside the Audi A3, you'll find standard leather and a modern dash punctuated by round HVAC vents finished in chrome, not to mention niceties like 12-way power-adjustible seats
  • Inside the Lexus IS, you'll encounter NuLuxe leatherette upholstery, with a range of high-end amenities and plenty of modern tech

  • The Audi A3 & Lexus IS both have room enough for up to five passengers
  • Cargo space varies for the Audi A3 lineup, with AWD models about 10 cubic feet, e-tron models boasting about 13.6 cubic feet, and most standard sedans featuring around 12.3 cubic feet
  • Lexus IS sedans provide about 10.8 cubic feet of cargo space

Safety & Technology


  • Both the Audi A3 and Lexus IS have been awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick designations for 2018
  • The Audi A3 boasts standard Audi PreSense Front, a suite of safety technologies that includes front collision warning and brake assist
  • The Lexus IS comes standard with a backup camera and other active safety features including lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, and more


  • Driving around Baton Rouge is more fun with your favorite tunes. The Audi A3 helps you listen to them through the radio or your smartphone via available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration
  • The Lexus IS features the Lexus Enform App Suite, but does not offer Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™ integration
  • Both the Audi A3 and Lexus IS boast a standard 7-inch touchscreen multimedia interface
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit is available in the A3 – this technology lets you set custom infotainment settings for yourself that you can view via a standard 12.3-inch information screen


  • The Audi A3 and Lexus IS are both available in multiple trims, but comparing apples-to-apples means starting with base-prices for entry-level models – provided below
  • The well-appointed entry-level Lexus IS 300 compact sports sedan starts at $38,310
  • Starting at around $31,950, the Audi A3 Premium sedan is an excellent value, especially when you compare it to the Lexus IS 300

Contact Us to Test-Drive the Audi A3 near Baton Rouge Today!

Whether you're interested in finding yourself a new Audi A3 from our new Audi inventory today, or you'd like to learn more about how this luxury Audi model compares to the Lexus IS or other competitors, don't hesitate to contact us today here at Audi Baton Rouge! Alternately, visit our new & used Audi dealership anytime to take one of our Audi A3 sedans out for a spin. We can't wait to hand you the keys to your next A3!

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