For The Mercedes SL combines stunning performance with well-balanced handling, plenty of space and lots of equipment.
Against It will be costly to run, and the looks won’t be to everyone’s taste.
The Mercedes SL is a car that fits the Grand Tourer brief almost to perfection.
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Mercedes’ big, luxurious convertible is now in its sixth generation. Two V8 petrol versions are available, along with one V12, but it’s hard to look past the entry-level SL350 Blue Efficiency, because its 3.5-litre V6 engine combines strong performance with over 40mpg.
As ever, the SL gives buyers some ground-breaking technology: not only is it built largely from aluminium (a first in a Mercedes production car), it also includes features such as the optional ‘Magic Sky Control’ roof¸ which switches from transparent to opaque at the touch of a button.