2019 Mercedes A-Class vs. 2019 Genesis G70

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the A-Class and the G70 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the A-Class gets better fuel mileage than the G70:

 

 

 

MPG

A-Class

FWD

Auto

220 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/35 hwy

AWD

Auto

220 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

G70

RWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

18 city/28 hwy

 

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

 

 

3.3 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

 

 

3.3 turbo V6

18 city/25 hwy

Transmission

The A-Class offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The G70 doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

The A-Class stops much shorter than the G70:

 

A-Class

G70

 

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the A-Class can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The G70 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The A-Class’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The G70 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

The Mercedes A-Class may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 450 pounds less than the Genesis G70.

The A-Class is 5.3 inches shorter than the G70, making the A-Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The A-Class has .6 inches more front headroom and .3 inches more rear headroom than the G70.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the G70 3.3T/Elite/Prestige/Dynamic/Sport, the A-Class has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The A-Class’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The G70’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The A-Class’ optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The G70 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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