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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Although it hasn't undergone an independent crash test, the SL protects occupants well. There are head/thorax and driver and passenger airbags plus a pop-up roll-over protection should the worst happen. Just about every known electronic driver aid is fitted to help prevent the driver losing control.

The hard roof means little sacrifice is made for having a convertible and clever packaging has freed up more boot space when the roof is down with 206 litres available. With the roof up this increased to 310 litres - that's slightly more than a Ford Fiesta. However alternatives like the BMW 6-Series Convertible offer more carrying space. On the plus side, there are some small storage compartments behind the seats.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (02-11).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
  • TV

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Telephone
  • TV

Night Edition equipment

Night Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Night Edition optional equipment
  • CD
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Telephone
  • TV

Sport Edition equipment

Sport Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
Sport Edition optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Lumbar support
  • Telephone
  • TV