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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible (12-20) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £69,675 - £173,890
Used price £12,510 - £75,330
Fuel Economy 23.2 - 31.0 mpg
Road tax cost £265 - £630
Insurance group 48 - 50 How much is it to insure?


Powerful engines, quality interior, strong residuals, more efficient engines


Not as fun to drive as some rivals, vague steering, expensive servicing costs

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible rivals

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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.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible rivals