The driver benefits from a wide range of electronic steering wheel and seat adjustment to aid finding the perfect driving position. Compared to the likes of the Jaguar F-Type, you sit more upright, which helps visibility. Even so, the long nose drops out of view. The dash isn’t the most logical to use, but you get used to it quickly, and it’s a shame that the infotainment system is a bit dated and complicated to use compared to the latest Mercedes systems in newer models.
Mercedes-Benz SL space & practicality
The SL is a strict two-seater, unlike some rivals that have limited space for two more passengers. Putting the roof down takes around 20sec from a standstill, and you can travel at up to 25mph while it does so. The folding metal roof does limit boot space when it’s folded; a shelf must be moved into place that restricts the 504-litre space to 364-litres before the roof can be lowered. At least the boot is big enough with the roof closed to carry a decent amount of luggage.
Mercedes-Benz SL equipment
You shouldn’t need to add many options. All SL models receive heated leather seats, a DAB radio, sat-nav, rear parking sensors and dual-zone climate control, as well as a wind deflector. The top-end AMG models add bigger wheels, more overtly sporting body kits and various other extras.