Roadsters Rock When You're Five - 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Roadsters Rock When You're Five

March 25, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Recently I realized that my five-year-old daughter had never experienced a convertible before. So I thought: why not start her off at the top with the long-term 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG?

It was a perfect afternoon, sunny and 73 degrees according to the Merc's temp gauge. (Thank you, California.) I got my daughter situated in her booster seat and then asked, "So, are you ready to put the top down?" She looked at me curiously since I hadn't told her anything about the car or what a convertible was. "Here, watch," I said, using the switch for the roof. He eyes widened as the power top quickly unlatched and folded backwards. She had no idea a car's roof could do that.

We motored off, driving casually along out-of-the way streets. Based on her reactions, you'd think she was having the best time of her life. Smiling constantly, she was putting her hands out into the breeze and looking at the sky. Watching her enjoy the experience, combined with the genuinely nice day, I felt like I had entered some sort of perfect-day car commercial.

"Daddy, this is the best car ever!" she exclaimed. For that afternoon, it certainly was.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 20,581 miles


  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    And did she also get to experience the joy of an AMG V8 at full song with the top down? I sure hope so.

  • mcrrt mcrrt Posts:

    Brent, this is so awesome. Enjoy these kinds of experiences with your kids, as they're only young and so easily awe-inspired for a very short time. I sold off my soft-top Wrangler about 5 years ago; my then 4 year old twin boys loved sitting in the back with the breeze rushing over them. My daughter will be 5 in about a week....wonder if I should find another Jeep. Thanks for sharing this moment with us. :-)

  • bryan__t bryan__t Posts:

    I recently took my 5-year old out in my convertible as well. It was awesome. We drove the long way home from his grandparent's house (around the Palos Verdes peninsula for you SoCal folks) and he loved every minute of it. Now he only wants to ride in the roadster and gets upset when he has to ride in a normal car. Still, it was worth it and is becoming a weekend tradition.

  • sailor28 sailor28 Posts:

    Oh Brent you better check your owner's manual! Bet ot says that children of this age and anyone in a booster seat shouldn't be in the front seat. Like any car today airbags are designed for adults and if there's an accident the booster seat might as well be a booster rocket! The "equal force"- check Newton's Laws of Physics applied to your child will have greater effect than on a 100 lb adult!

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    Well, we were waiting for someone to chime in with BOGUS info and sure enough sailor gets the booby prize. Contemporary (and especially expensive) two seat convertibles have sophisticated systems in place to know the difference between an adult and a child in the passenger seat and turn-off the airbag - among other things. So put the kid in, lower the top and have some big fun. Life long memories are hard to come by. Enjoy it.

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