Powerful engines, quality interior, strong residuals, more efficient engines
Not as fun to drive as some rivals, vague steering, expensive servicing costs
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.
What owners say about this car
I found the SL a bit of a mixed bag. It's very fast and economical to run (excluding depreciation -... Read owner review
Supreme comfort on long trips, up there with my last S500. Big boot but only if you don't want to... Read owner review
The retractable roof is fantastic, looks like a sporty coupe when up with little road noise, and... Read owner review