2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 vs Genesis G80

Looking for an affordable luxury sedan? You may want to consider the following two makes and models available in Downers Grove, IL. The 2018 Genesis G80 ranks #3 in midsize luxury sedans, while its entry-level competitor the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 ranks #16 in its luxury compact category. 

From the exterior, these two models seem closely matched, but what's under the hood and in the cabin makes a difference. Here's a breakdown comparison.

2018 Genesis G80: Performance

Get ready for the ride of your life. Genesis G80 drivers can choose between the 3.8L V6 and 5.0L V8 engine, or the 3.6L turbo V6 engine on the G80 Sport. Check out the specifications below.


2018 MB CLA 250

Genesis G80


2.0L 4-Cylinder

3.3L V6


The G80 offers technology above-and-beyond its class competitors. For instance, its color heads-up display, wireless charging, and 9.2" infotainment touchscreen are rare finds. Its safety features include a suite of pedestrian detection, emergency braking, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, and nearly every other feature available in the industry today.


The CLA250 offers fewer safety technology features. There are no lane assist, pedestrian alerts, or blind spot monitoring, which are common even in non-luxury sedans. Its touchscreen interface and COMAND system are noted for being less intuitive.

Luxurious Interior

Although the CLA250 is a four-door car, the back seat sits under a sharply angled roof, making it uncomfortable for adults, according to Car & Driver. In order to make the CLA250 an entry-level Mercedes-Benz, it sacrifices quiet a bit in interior comfort and elegance. The armrests are thin, the surroundings are hard plastic, and a poorly insulated cabin leads to a rougher ride.

The 2018 Genesis G80 offers a smooth, quiet ride experience, while its interior is made of finer, soft-touch materials. Upgrades are available for wood grain trim, leather seats, two-panel sunroof, and other comfort and style amenities.

Why Buy from Pugi?

2018 Genesis G80

What makes the 2018 Genesis G80 especially appealing is its low starting price considering its luxury mid-size sedan status and variety of standard amenities. The G80 starts at $42,350, well below its class average, and is made more affordable with rotating dealership and manufacturer specials.

At Pugi Genesis, we offer 25 years of experience putting our customers in the perfect luxury sedan at the right price. With our flexible financing and cost-saving specials, our expert finance team works with you to make your new 2018 Genesis G80 or G90 as affordable as possible. Call or visit us today and see why so many Downers Grove, IL residents buy from us.

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