Mercedes-Benz SL review - sports car or boulevard cruiser? - Mercedes-Benz SL MPG and running costs

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

No SL is particularly parsimonious as you’d expect, but the SL 400 sips the least fuel with a 36.7mpg combined figure and corresponding 175g/km of CO2. For a V8, the SL 500’s 31.4mpg combined is still fairly impressive (and better still, attainable - we managed similar figures cruising at typical UK motorway speeds) while you’ll drop to 28mpg and 23.7mpg combined for the SL 63 and SL 65 respectively.

Make use of each car’s performance while simultaneously minimising the input of traction and stability systems, and you can expect to work through rear tyres at a decent pace - all models use 255/35 R19s up front and 285/30 R19s at the rear, though 20in wheels are available on the AMGs. If our initial drives are anything to go by, you may chew through brakes fairly quickly too.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Subscribe now and get your first 5 issues for £5 or buy the latest issue in all good newsagents!

The fuel consumption figures will dictate relatively high BIK and VED rates for certain users too, though at this point in the market that’s not as much of an issue as it might be lower down the Mercedes pecking order.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/ford/mustang/201952/ford-mustang-mach-e-uncovered-as-all-electric-suv
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Mach-E uncovered as all-electric SUV

The Mustang has been hit with the all-electric, SUV treatment
18 Nov 2019
Visit/porsche/911/201958/porsche-911-gt3-vs-gt3-rs-vs-gt2-rs-track-battle
Porsche 911

Porsche 911 GT3 vs GT3 RS vs GT2 RS - track battle

Porsche’s GT3, GT3 RS and GT2 RS are the most hardcore of the 911 breed, but pitched head‑to‑head which will we crown champion?
15 Nov 2019
Visit/buying-advice/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
15 Nov 2019
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019