The issue of dealerships is a tricky one, though, because a recent restructuring of the Genesis brand will see its cars sold via Hyundai sites. With that brand placing 17th in the most recent Driver Power manufacturer survey, Genesis will be on a better footing than Mercedes, but the Korean brand’s perception of luxury might take a knock.

Storage: The G70’s wide centre console creates space for twin cup-holders next to the drive selector, while the centre armrest features deep storage beneath. Below the climate controls there’s a tray with a wireless charging pad for smartphones, as well as USB and 12-volt connections. The door bins are slim when compared with the ones in the Mercedes.


Where the CLA scores well for boot space, the G70 is better for back-seat passengers.

Rear Space: On the outside, the Mercedes is 30mm taller than the Genesis, but a lower back seat means that it’s the latter that has more headroom. The G70’s cabin is wider, too, so there’s more elbow room on offer. But if you’re travelling three-up, the middle-seat occupant grabs the short straw, thanks to the heavily sculpted outer seats and large transmission tunnel taking up legroom.

Boot: There’s a powered tailgate on the G70 – something that seems pointless on a saloon such as this – but while the Genesis has a lower load lip than the Mercedes, the space is shallower. The floor is flat and square, though, with cargo nets on either side. The back seats fold from within the cabin, but the opening
is narrower than the CLA’s.

What to buy?

Which version we’d choose

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