Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

5/5
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Verdict

So, the SL has been in this world for more than six decades now. It's clearly been good for Mercedes. While this car has never been abundant in Ireland, any time you do see one it does make your head turn. This is not what we'd call a practical machine, and it is certainly not inexpensive... but wow, it looks great!

Performance

Three engines are available to the Irish market - all of which are petrol. The smallest sits in the SL 400. This 3.0 litre offering gives 367 bhp and goes from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds. Further open that wallet and you can opt for the SL 500. It's 4,663 cc engine gives you 455 bhp and glides from 0-100km/h in just 4.3 seconds. Want an AMG SL 63? Well, that gives 585 bhp and swiftly takes you from 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds.

Ride & Handling

Once you put your foot on the accelerator of these cars, you can feel that it just wants to launch forward. It steers beautifully and it really makes you feel close to the road. Suspension is firm in this vehicle - but isn't that what the drive experience of this car should be?

Refinement

Like the SLC, it is surprising how refined this vehicle is with the roof up. It doesn't let in as much road and wind noise as it should. Of course, you can hear the engine work, but once again, even if you go for the smallest engine, you do want to hear it growl.

Quality & Reliability

Seats are extremely comfortable in this car and you are surrounded by excellent quality materials - this should definitely be expected though when you consider that this car ranges from €162k to €270k.

Safety & Security

Demand is not high enough for this car to warrant a Euro NCAP score. However, it contains many safety features as standard, and then there are the optional extras. As standard you will find; Headlamp assist (this automatically switches the dipped beam on and off depending on the situation), Electronic stability control, acceleration skid control and much more.

Space & Practicality

Once again, practicality is not high on the list of potential customers of this car. It will not bring three kids to school. However, it does a 345 litre boot - which makes sure that you and your passenger can fit in those bags of shopping.

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Key Facts

Make

Mercedes-Benz

Model
SL-Class
Variant
SL 400 A/T
Car Category
Cabrio
First Launched
2012
Engine (L)
3.0
Gearbox Type
Automatic
Gears
9 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Convertible
Price New
€162,585
CBG Expert Rating
5.0

Running Costs

Tax
€750
Tax Band
E
L/100km Combined
7.7
Average km/L
13
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
65
Fuel Tank Range
844 km
Cost of filling a tank
€85.41
Average Cost Per 200 km
€20.24
CO2 emmissions
175 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
367 bhp
Max Power kW
274
Displacement - CC (Engine)
2996
Engine Cylinders
6
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Driven Wheels
Rear
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
250 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
4.9 s
L/100km Urban
10.20 L
L/100km Extra Urban
6.20 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Convertible
Doors
2
Seats
2
Boot capacity
345 L

Warranty

All Components
2 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Mileage
4 Year Roadside Assistance

Dimensions

Boot capacity
345 L
Wheels
Rear wheel drive
Tyre size front
255/40 R18 mm
Tyre size back
255/40 R18 mm
Length
4617 mm
Width
1877 mm
Height
1315 mm
Wheel Base
2585 mm
Front Track (mm)
1315
Rear Track (mm)
1604
Kerb weight
1730 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2110
Turning circle (m)
11.04

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
V engine
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Front Suspension
Independent multi-link
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Ventilated discs
Steering
Steering rack
Power
367 bhp