Mercedes-Benz SL review - sports car or boulevard cruiser? - Mercedes-Benz SL prices, specs and rivals

Surprisingly good fun, particularly in AMG trim, the SL is a roadster of broad talents

Evo rating
Price
from £73,810
  • Luxurious and relaxing but still fun to drive
  • Weight takes its toll on the brakes

You’ll pay from £73,810 for an SL, which nets you an SL 400 in AMG Line trim. You can then splash out thousands more on Mercedes’ long list of options, though a basic SL is hardly stingy in terms of equipment, with 19in alloy wheels all-round, an AMG styling pack, LED headlights, a panoramic folding hard top, leather seats and climate control. A special SL 400 Edition model (£75,000) currently adds keyless go, a comfort suspension package, Mercedes’ Airscarf system for warming your neck with the top down, and unique alloy wheels.

SL 500 models start at £82,860, while the SL 63 starts at £114,115 and the SL 65 begins at £173,315. AMG models once again get their own unique alloy wheel designs, a more aggressive AMG body styling package and unique interior trim. The SL 63 also gets a limited-slip differential, while the 65 gets forged alloy wheels of either 19 or 20-inch diameter.

The list of potential SL rivals is long, with luxurious and comfort-orientated choices like the Bentley Continental GT Convertible at one side, and more focused cars like the Ferrari California T at the other. The Aston Martin Vantage Roadster - in either V8 or V12 format - is also well worth a look. There’s great diversity in this section of the market and all have merit in some way, but for feel-good factor we’d be choosing the Aston Martin.

Most Popular

BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review – how does the M division’s biggest SUV stack up?
Crop X5 M Competition
BMW X5 M

BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review – how does the M division’s biggest SUV stack up?

In many ways critically flawed, but there is something oddly captivating about its unerring focus
7 May 2021
Mandatory speed limiters to be fitted to all new UK cars after 2022
80mph motorway speed limit
News

Mandatory speed limiters to be fitted to all new UK cars after 2022

The use of mandatory speed limiters and data loggers on all new cars has been approved by the European Parliament, and manufacturers are already makin…
28 Apr 2021
Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo v Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate – super-estates go head-to-head
Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera v Mercedes-AMG
Features

Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo v Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate – super-estates go head-to-head

Which 600bhp wagon is the current super-estate king? It‘s time to find out as the Audi RS6 Avant takes on Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turi…
8 May 2021