Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (2002 - 2011) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 27 Jan 2014
4
The SL name has a great heritage in Mercedes-Benz history and this model holds true to its predecessors. It's expensive, exclusive and elegant while the metal folding roof means it's a convertible which can also be as refined and quiet as a coupe.
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (02-11)
Sleek and purposeful styling, effortless performance, coupe feel with roof up
Expensive to buy and run, 2008 facelifted models not as elegant

New price range:

£61,435 - £108,355

Used price range:

£2,684 - £21,120

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The SL name has a great heritage in Mercedes-Benz history and this model holds true to its predecessors. It's expensive, exclusive and elegant while the metal folding roof means it's a convertible which can also be as refined and quiet as a coupe. But it's not just all about looks. The SL packs some serious performance thanks to a choice of great engines ranging from a 3.0-litre V6 up to the 5.5-litre V12 with more than 500bhp.

It may not handle as well as similarly priced sports cars from Porsche for example, but few cars can match the style, refinement and pace it offers. It was facelifted in April 2008 with a more aggressive front end, improved steering and updated engines.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

1 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Its size alot of car for only 2. its the size of a clk but 2 seats and a little wider.  

5 out of 5

David Burton ,   19 Dec 2012    ... read more

 Well still ideal for two with loads of cabin room, plus boot is still good enough for a decent supermarket shop  

4 out of 5

Graham Brighty ,   06 Jan 2011    ... read more

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