2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS: Hooray Mercedes Cruise Control
June 14, 2013
During my recent journey to San Francisco and back in the SLS, I rediscovered Mercedes' excellent cruise control. There's no on/off switch, so just up or down to set, forward for cancel, pull to resume, down to slow and up to go faster. There are also detents you can push through in both vertical directions that increase or decrease speed by 5-mph increments. That in particular is excellent.
The system also does a great job slowing you down and keeping you at the desired speed, which is especially helpful on down grades. While other cars zoom forward into the radar traps of awaiting highway patrolmen, the SLS hangs safely back with the speedometer needle glued in place. After all, when you're driving a bright red $200,000-plus supercar Mercedes, who are the cops more likely to pull over?
Now, many owners do not like the cruise stalk's location up at 10 o'clock, as it drops the turn signal down to 8 o'clock. This opinion was apparently prevalent enough that recently introduced Benzes have actually adopted a more conventional set up. I really don't mind it as it was. Yes, my pinky does get a work out with the lower turn signal, but it does make regularly operating the cruise control stalk much easier. The relocated one is harder to reach and see in its new position halfway between 7 and 8.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor