2019 Mercedes CLS vs. 2019 Genesis G90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the CLS and the G90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Engine

The AMG CLS 53’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid produces 64 more horsepower (429 vs. 365) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 376) than the G90 3.3T’s standard 3.3 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the CLS 450 is faster than the Genesis G90:

 

CLS

G90 3.3T

G90 5.0

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.3 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.5 sec

14 sec

12.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

14 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107 MPH

100 MPH

105 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CLS gets better fuel mileage than the G90:

 

 

CLS

G90

 

RWD

450/Auto

24 city/31 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.3T/Auto

 

 

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

5.0/Auto

AWD

450/Auto

23 city/30 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.3T/Auto

 

AMG 53/Auto

21 city/27 hwy

15 city/23 hwy

5.0/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the CLS’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G90 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the CLS’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The G90 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is available on the Mercedes CLS, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the G90.

Brakes and Stopping

The CLS stops much shorter than the G90:

 

CLS

G90

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The CLS’ 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the G90’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CLS offers optional 20-inch wheels. The G90’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the CLS can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The G90 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The CLS’ 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 G90 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The CLS 450 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the G90 5.0 pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Mercedes CLS may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 650 pounds less than the Genesis G90.

The CLS is 8.2 inches shorter than the G90, making the CLS easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The CLS’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G90 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the CLS the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the G90 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CLS offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The G90 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The CLS’ 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 G90 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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