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.
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The Mercedes SL is a car that fits the Grand Tourer brief almost to perfection.
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There are 4 Mercedes-Benz SL versions available
Target Price team says:
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.
Reader test team says:
I liked the new SL immediately I saw it. Mercedes have decided to make this version a lot more butch with styling that owes much to American muscle…
I owned the previous model SL350 and naturally expected the new lighter model to be a step up. How wrong was I!? The new car feels extremely sluggish…