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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible review

2002 - 2011 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £61,435 - £108,355
Used prices £2,242 - £17,184
Road tax cost £415 - £735
Insurance group 50
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 334 - 528 miles
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Pros & cons


Sleek and purposeful styling, effortless performance, coupe feel with roof up


Expensive to buy and run, 2008 facelifted models not as elegant

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.