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MSRP: $106,700 - $214,500
Invoice: $99,231 - $199,485
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Interior

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class earns reviewer praise for its opulent and detailed cabin fitted with soft leather and attractive trim. Some auto journalists comment that the available unvarnished wood trim is especially attractive. Test drivers like the SL's comfortable seats and say the Airscarf system makes driving with the top down on colder days enjoyable. The standard COMAND infotainment system is simple and straightforward, which reviewers appreciate.

  • "The SL's interior has long been a standard-bearer for roadster luxury, and this latest iteration doesn't disappoint. Materials quality is exemplary, with nary a compromise to be found, and the attention to detail is remarkable." -- Edmunds
  • "Intrinsic to the cabin's appeal are the top-notch materials and exacting construction long appreciated in any car wearing Mercedes' 3-pointed star." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It's hard for an automaker known for great interiors to outdo itself, but the 2013 SL is a step beyond its predecessor. All the color/trim combinations look terrific. The unvarnished wood is especially classy, especially when you order the optional wood/leather steering wheel." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "What matters with the SL550 is that it can cover hundreds of miles of autobahn/freeway in style while the driver can impress the passenger with such perks as the Airscarf top-down back-of-the-neck heater and the optional Magic Sky top-up sunroof (now with selectable transparency) that switches tinting on and off." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Seating

The two-seat SL-Class convertible comes standard with sun-reflecting leather upholstery and heated, ventilated and power-adjustable seats. Also standard is a feature called Airscarf, which blows warm air onto the seat occupant's neck to make it more comfortable to drive with the roof lowered on cooler days. Upgraded leather is available. Test drivers write that the SL-Class' seats are especially comfortable and offer ample support, as well as plenty of headroom for taller occupants with the top up. Others add that the Airscarf system is effective at making drives with the top down on cooler days delightful.

  • "The driver seat of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class convertible is an exceptionally nice place to be. Newly fitted with standard active bolsters and massage functions this year, it affords a regal view over the SL's elongated hood, which shelters one of three astoundingly rapid and refined engines." -- Edmunds
  • "With the hardtop roof in place, even 6-footers will enjoy ample headroom and legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Mercedes' AIRSCARF feature blows warm air across your neck, making top-down driving on chilly days both possible and enjoyable." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "In any case you will be comfortable, top up or down...the latter even to rather chilly temps. Run up the windows and the wind blocker behind the seats. Turn on the seat heaters and the headrest-mounted 'air scarf' and you can be quite cozy top down." -- Road and Track (2013)

Interior Features

The SL550 comes standard with a tinted, transparent roof panel, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system, navigation, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system and central controller, a USB port and Bluetooth. Optional features include Magic Sky Control, which adjusts the amount of light let through the transparent roof panel, adaptive cruise control, blind spot and lane keeping assist and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system. An AMG-specific Bang & Olufsen stereo system is available on the SL63 AMG and standard on the SL65 AMG.

Reviewers write that the transparent roof panel lends the SL-Class an open-air feeling even with the top up. Many are impressed with the Magic Sky Control feature, though critics say its darkest setting could still be a bit darker. Auto journalists report that the COMAND system is easy to use, but some note that some navigation and stereo functions are not easily executed. Reviewers also like that the climate controls are not integrated into COMAND.

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  • "The standard glass roof panel also contributes to an unmatched sense of roof-up openness, and it gets even better with the optional Magic Sky Control." -- Edmunds
  • "Mercedes seems to have simplified (de-mystified?) the multifunction COMAND system and all its electronic possibilities. That's the good news, yet there are a lot of like-size buttons that take eye time from the road." -- Road and Track (2013)
  • "Perhaps the car's best trick is the optional Magic Sky Control: Using technology similar to that of an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Magic Sky Control can tint the glass-panel roof at the press of a button. It seems simple enough, but this feature thrilled everyone who saw it. This is exactly the type of gee-whiz feature that can sell a car - or at least close the deal. My sole complaint is that it doesn't go completely opaque. It's a deep blue that still admits light and, it seems, some heat as well when in direct sunlight." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "Everything is fairly intuitive, though some navigation, audio, and vehicle-system functions are buried deep within menus. The climate controls are separate from COMAND and simple to negotiate." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The SL-Class has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up and 8.5 cubic feet with it lowered. Overall, the SL's trunk space is fairly good for a luxury convertible. Reviewers mention that there is plenty of trunk space for luggage for a weekend trip. Test drivers add that there is extra space behind the seats, and they like that the trunk can be opened and closed with a wave of the foot under the rear bumper. Small item storage in the cabin is OK, though critics note that the center console is somewhat shallow.

  • "… there's also a surprising amount of room (and a generous storage bin) behind the seats." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk can reasonably accommodate a weekend's worth of soft luggage for two with the top down. Interior storage is fairly modest. The glovebox is on the small side, as are the door pockets, though the latter are larger than on the outgoing SL. The center console extends the length of the cabin and is divided into two parts. It's not very deep, and accessing the rear compartment requires an awkward reach. There are two shallow bins behind the seats as well." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Here's another neat feature: If your arms are full of packages and you want to get into the trunk, just wave your foot under the rear bumper and the lid opens. Ditto to close it." -- Road and Track (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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