4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (89-02) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £50,185 - £97,870
Used price £4,670 - £10,060
Used monthly cost From £117 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £280 - £340
Insurance group 47 - 50 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Status; quality

CONS

SLK is prettier, less costly and less pretentious

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class rivals

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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. However, they are still fairly expensive and impressive - even with the smallest engine - though the brutish V12 SL600 is almost unnecessarily ├╝ber-powerful.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class rivals