The Mercedes SLC is the German firm's offering in the open-top convertible class. We’re a nation famous for our shoddy weather, but we also love open-top cars, and manufacturers are always keen to cash in on this.
The SLC is a refresh of the two-seat SLK roadster. It’s available with four different engines: two four-cylinder petrol engines with differing power outputs, a four-cylinder diesel or the range-topping turbocharged V6 AMG SLC 43. The diesel is the cleanest and most frugal, and also the likely best-seller.
Beyond that, all but the SLC 43 model come with the choice of two trims, Sport or AMG Line – the 43 is its own trim and gets the longest standard equipment list.
Unfortunately, while some of its rivals such as the Audi TT have been launched as all-new cars, the SLC is essentially a re-hash of its predecessor, the SLK, which was definitely starting to feel its age. As such, the SLC isn’t as much fun to drive as a TT, nor as comfortable, and it doesn’t feel of such a high quality inside. It poses much more of a threat to BMW’s Z4, which itself is starting to look rather long in the tooth.