Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible (2012 -) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 04 Apr 2017
4
Sporty, elegant and stylish, the Mercedes-Benz SL has a lot of appeal. Then again, there are hardly any shrinking violets in this sector.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible (12 on)
Powerful engines, quality interior, strong residuals, more efficient engines
Not as fun to drive as some rivals, vague steering, expensive servicing costs

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

Sporty, elegant and stylish, the Mercedes-Benz SL has a lot of appeal. Then again, there are hardly any shrinking violets in this sector. Rivals include the Porsche 911 Cabriolet, the BMW 6 Series Convertible and the Jaguar XK Convertible. So what to do? In a bid to keep the pressure on, Mercedes-Benz has put the SL on a diet. Every version has shed up to 140kgs, and now comes with a new range of cleaner and more powerful BlueDIRECT engines featuring stop/start technology to make life more uncomfortable for rivals.

Now largely made of aluminium, the car is lighter than the previous generation and feels more agile as a result. That weight loss has also made the car more efficient and it emits less CO2 than the older models. In terms of handling the SL is still second-best when compared to the Porsche 911, but it is a dramatic improvement over the previous car.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

5 out of 5

Safety

5 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying new

3 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Supreme comfort on long trips, up there with my last S500. Big boot but only if you don't want to put the roof down.  

4 out of 5

Anonymous ,   19 Oct 2014    ... read more

 The retractable roof is fantastic, looks like a sporty coupe when up with little road noise, and perfect convertible when down.  

4 out of 5

Kaled Lababedi ,   09 Sep 2014    ... read more

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