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


2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Inconvenient Seat Bolster Controls

May 8, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

When my friend and fellow Edmunds co-worker Don got in to the passenger seat of our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, he was impressed. Not so impressed however, that he didn't complain. "My only problem is the controls for the seat, they stick you in the back of the leg," he said. To shut him up, I gave him a bit of loud-pedal-sponsored AMG soundtrack. An ear-to-ear grin quickly replaced his judgmental sneer, but I soon realized Don was painfully right.

During five hours in Friday afternoon traffic in the SLS, I noticed the seat bolsters dug in to my back four or five times. Maybe it's my bad posture or fat calves, but over the weekend I had to release the air from the inflated seat bolsters on at least ten more occasions. I imagine there are plenty of places that Mercedes could move the controls for the bolsters so they aren't firmly under my right thigh, but anywhere else would be an improvement.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 22,490 miles

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