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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (02-11) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

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

CONS

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

At a glance

New price £61,600 - £109,355
Used price £2,725 - £23,850
Used monthly cost £67 - £588
Fuel economy 19 - 30 mpg
Road tax cost £325 - £570
Insurance group 50 How much is it to insure?

PROS

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

CONS

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

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class rivals

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.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class rivals

Other Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (2002 - 2011) models: