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

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.

4 out of 5

Comfort

If it is comfort that you’re after then choose the standard suspension model, otherwise you will have a really firm ride and feel every pothole you encounter in the UK. The SL 350 is a better choice for comfy cruising, but on both models road and tyre noise is minimal. Thankfully, Mercedes has chosen not to rein the vocal chords of the V6 or V8 engine.

They both make a fantastic sound when accelerating.

5 out of 5

Practicality

Mercedes-Benz has played a blinder on the practicality front, firstly with the retractable roof and then with the luggage space. It takes just 20 seconds to open or close the roof. If loadroom is important to you then the SL will further impress. There are 504 litres of bootspace with the roof in place, which decreases to 364 litres with roof down. That’s enough for a few soft bags but you may struggle with the golf clubs.

It beats the BMW 6 Series Convertible, which only has 350 litres with the hood up and 300 litres when it has been dropped. The Jaguar XK Convertible fares even worse with 283 litres on offer with the hood in place.

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How does the boot space compare?

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible (12 on)
364 litres
350 litres
333 litres
105 litres
5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The SL has one of the finest cabins in the sector, and it offers a real sense of occasion as soon as you get in. The materials used are top-notch: they feel well-made and look like they will be durable. The round knob on the central console controls the entertainment and air-con systems and on the fascia there’s an array of buttons. It’s entirely logical and the layout is so well thought-out that it only takes a few moments to work out which one is which.