Entry and Egress - 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Entry and Egress

February 19, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

I'm pretty much average when it comes to build in terms of height and weight (5'10" and around 165 lbs.). Despite this, I have a tough time getting in and out of our long-term SLS AMG Roadster.

With the seat adjusted to my liking, those aggressive side bolsters narrow the clearance between the steering wheel and the seat. Invariably, I always bump into either the wheel or seat, and the high sills further complicate things. That said, it's still easier to get in and out than a Lotus Elise or Evora, but that's a decided low bar.

It's not just me either.

While out on the town with my girlfriend, she said that even without a steering wheel in front of her, entry and egress is no picnic. This is especially true if you're wearing heels and a dress. Since I don't wear heels or dresses (well, anymore), I'll let her explain.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

"There is not an easy way to get in and out of this car, gracefully. I believe that I have narrowed the problem down to the height of the sill being even with the seat. The main problem is that the seat cushion bolsters are higher than the sill and the bucket of the seat (to keep one's butt in the seat during performance driving, I am told).

It is easier to exit the car if there is a curb to exit onto.

When climbing into the car, wearing heels, it is important to remember to lift your feet very high, think knees to forehead, in order to give the heels' clearance over the sill as not to scratch it. 4-inch heels are most certainly a no-no.

Best advice? Wear flats and pants. There is nothing easy to climbing in or out of this car."

Given this complaint, neither of us considers this a deal breaker, because the car is so freaking awesome. Seriously, the SLS AMG is bonkers.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 16,342 miles

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  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    Mark, sounds like you need to use the 'Elise Technique' to get in and out of the driver's side. That is, move the seat all the way back and use your left arm on the sill to lower yourself into the seat and also to raise yourself out of it. A side benefit are beefy triceps.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    This comes with the territory Mark. Once having ungracefully flopped out of the car however, you should be heading to the other side to assist your companion, even if a valet has opened her door for her. Your companion will lift her knees just as she described in the article. While holding your hand for stability, she should slowly swing her legs out of the door (toes pointed down as much as possible to clear the heels and to show good calf definition), and lean forward onto her feet. Help pull her up once you can do so without hitting her head into the car's roof. Don't heave her up, just help her enough that she can concentrate on looking graceful. Practice shamelessly a couple of times at home, there's no reason a beautiful night should be interrupted with these kind of things.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    She put up with a trip to Vegas in the Buick, and now after sticking around she is driven in the SLS. That worked out nicely.

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