2010 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review
Auto writers agree that the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL hard-top sports roadster is great. "More refined and heavier than an all-out sports car, the SL still has the performance to embarrass most, and the luxury quotient is high," writes Car and Driver. Still, critics report that other super luxury sports cars trump the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL when it comes to handling performance.
Power abounds in the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL. Whether driving the 382-horsepower SL550 or 510-horsepower SL600, drivers will be impressed with Mercedes-Benz SL's punch. Handling, however, isn't as impressive. AutoWeek advises, "[T]hose seeking more edge in their sports cars might want to look elsewhere, because nothing about this car makes you want to drive it like you stole it."
To be fair, the handling dynamics of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL are well balanced and definitely satisfying. However, they're not as thrilling as more performance-focused class competitors like the 2010 Nissan GT-R. Then again, not every vehicle in this highly-competitive class is as luxurious as the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL. Overall, test drivers appear to be at peace with this compromise.
Other Sports Cars to Consider
Shoppers willing to forgo the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL’s retractable hard-top for better handling should consider the Porsche 911 Carrera S. It puts out similar performance figures, but handles like a true sports car should. Plus it’s luxurious, can feature a convertible soft top or targa top, and costs significantly less than the SL.
Details: 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL
- "The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has matured in every way over its six generations, quicker and faster on the one hand, more beautiful and more luxurious on the other, to the point where it lacks absolutely nothing, from its array of powerful V8 and V12 engines to its powerful stereo to its active suspension system to those all-day bucket seats. It is a marvel of automotive technology, featuring a folding steel convertible top." -- New Car Test Drive
- "For those with the money ... this is a superior sports car." -- Boston Globe
- "It's hard to call a vehicle priced at or above $100,000 a good value, particularly one that can only accommodate two people. The SL-Class, though, makes as compelling a case as any. These convertibles are fresh looking, solidly built, impeccably finished, and a pleasure to drive." -- Consumer Guide