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Mercedes SL review (R231, 2011-2020) – interior and tech

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

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  • Luxurious and relaxing but still fun to drive
  • Weight takes its toll on the brakes

When this generation SL was first revealed – the current model is updated from the model that debuted in 2012 but is ostensibly similar – its cabin very clearly aped that of the contemporary Mercedes-Benz SLS.

There’s very little wrong with that, but since the AMG GT debuted and moved Mercedes’ cabins and ambience on further (echoed by the recent S-class, C-class and E-class models respectively) it no longer feels or looks quite as special as it once did.

What can’t be criticised to any reasonable degree is the construction of that cabin, nor the materials from which it’s fashioned. Modern Mercedes-Benz cabins are once again up there with the best, while a low-slung but incredibly comfortable driving position makes the SL a consummate grand tourer. Refinement is excellent - even with the roof down - and the view over the bonnet, with its SLS-style vents just ahead of the windscreen, gives it a special feel.

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