If you’re a hip-hop star or simply a lover of refined elegance the Mercedes-Benz SL-class of 2020 is still a shining example of class and design. Although the latest generation of the brand’s most popular model has gotten older, though elegantly, its cozy interior and spirited driving characteristics make for a spirited and honest luxury roadster. The SL-class is awe-inspiringly powerful vehicle that comes the 362-hp V-6 as well as the huge four-cylinder engine that is twin turbocharged. With the retractable top to be stored, the SL-class will feel at ease in curving roads or driving along a country two-lane with the summer breeze blowing across your face. A sensual mix of sport and luxury is always an Mercedes speciality and the SL-class is a continuation of this tradition.
What’s New for 2020?
Mercedes introduces the SL into the 21st century by introducing it, a standard push-button to begin. When Mercedes is putting the finishing touches on the current generation of the SL-class There are no other updates for 2020. The goodbye Grand Edition package will be available with the SL450 and SL550 and is limited to one hundred units each. The next version of the traditional SL nameplate is scheduled to launch in 2021 or 2020.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We’d suggest the SL450’s efficient V-6 in preference to the SL550’s more expensive V-8. It’s likely to be being the final turbocharged V-6 of Mercedes the 362-hp engine is quite spry as well as smooth with its operation. We’d suggest adding the Premium package, which includes heated and ventilated massage seats as well as neck heaters to keep you warm during the colder evenings out on the town. For those looking for a more powerful roadster should look at the exquisitely constructed and contemporary Mercedes-AMG GT.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Whichever you pick, whether the SL450’s turbo V-6 , or the SL550’s turbo-V-8, you’ll experience smooth acceleration and outstanding performance. Naturally, with the V-8 you’ll experience more of the effortless power. Even though the 362-hp SL450 isn’t the fastest SL model the acceleration is fast and enjoyable. It hits 60 speed within 4.5 seconds, which is speedy by any standard–and has crisp responses from the automatic transmission with nine speeds. We like the sound of the exhaust also and its performance is enough to make the comparatively expensive SL550 that has 87 horsepower seem insignificant. The SL isn’t as agile like true sports cars, like those of the Porsche 911, but it’s nevertheless enjoyable to drive fast. The steering, which is well-weighted, is precise and enjoyable and the suspension that can be adjusted improves in Sport or Sport+ Driving modes. You can leave it in Comfort mode to enjoy a smooth ride. However, some jarring crashes from the road do are felt in the cabin due to the big tires and low-profile wheels.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
It is unlikely that fuel efficiency is top of the for the majority of buyers of top-of-the-line two-seat convertibles However the SL450’s V-6 offers more efficiency than was anticipated. The SL450’s EPA figures are in line with the average when compared to its competitors. Opting on the SL550’s V-8 reduces the numbers considerably and to 17 mpg in the in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. We haven’t yet tested this model SL550 for our 200 miles of highway route for fuel economy however the SL450 was able to achieve an impressive 31 mpg on our test.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Well-built, comfortable and user-friendly The interior of the SL is a comfortable place to spend two people, though it’s not exactly as luxurious as the interiors of other newer models made by Mercedes-Benz. Front seats are placed low, which is what you’d expect from a sportsy two-door car, but it’s accessible to get in the car and get out. They’re extremely adjustable, comfortable, and provide plenty of room. With regular leather upholstery and a variety of aluminum, wood and carbon-fiber trims available from, the interior of the SL is stylish enough to go with the best outfit for a night in the city. The top that folds up occupies a substantial amount of room in the storage compartment, which means you’ll need be careful when packing in case you’re planning to go traveling with the top closed. A removable partition blocks the bulk of the cargo area the top is in so that it doesn’t get in the way of baggage when you choose to take a break in the sun. Regarding luggage, the trunk can accommodate two suitcases for carry-ons. Pack accordingly.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Some of the dashboard’s features look old-fashioned, like the tiny infotainment display and the buttons that are below however, we’re not worried due to how easy it is to use the user interface. The display screen on the SL is controlled via the command knob that is located in the center console, and we love the fact that it comes with numerous hard buttons for various tasks. A lot of things are included on the SL-class. From the navigation system up to Bluetooth as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A second audio input port isn’t available, however there are two USB ports can be. The most important infotainment options are improved Bang & Olufsen audio system and a Wi-Fi hotspot that is available with a monthly fee after a trial period of three months.