Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (1989 - 2002) Comfort

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 27 Jan 2014
The Mercedes-Benz SL Class was once considered the ultimate soft-top for prestige, comfort and effortless touring. The body is smoothly styled - with cleanly sculpted panelling and a low-sloping nose - but looked a little clumsy beside the petite SLK in the late 1990s Mercedes line-up, and obese in comparison to the latest SL.
4 out of 5


Opulence is one of the SL’s strong points; feeling every inch the luxurious sportscar that you would expect. Interior features include heated front seats, a leather steering wheel and gearshift – as well as a Nappa leather trim - and a tasteful walnut or chestnut wood trim on the dash and surrounds. The electric roof is excellent and relatively simple to use, although it is a little more trouble to operate than the SLK’s hardtop.

3 out of 5


Most key features in the cabin are fully adjustable and electrically controlled, enabling multi-functional fine-tuning at minimum effort for the driver and passengers. The boot space is by no means cavernous, but it is plentiful, coping easily with moderate sized luggage or shopping. Sportscars are not designed for frequent back seat use, and although the kids should have ample legroom, adults might find it a touch claustrophobic.

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How does the boot space compare?

320 litres
305 litres
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (89-02)
265 litres
100 litres
5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

Everything seems to be in the right place when sitting in the driver's seat. The dashboard is elegant and there is a genuine sense of prestige and panache. One convenient gadget onboard the SL, is that the electrically adjustable front seats, mirrors and steering column also remember your settings, allowing several customised driving positions, which can be interchanged at the flick of a button.