2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

What’s new

  • A new Grand Edition model debuts
  • 2020 likely marks the last year of this SL generation
  • Part of the sixth SL generation that was introduced in 2013

Pros & Cons

  • Interior is a model of luxury and refinement
  • Effortless acceleration
  • Excellent handling doesn't come at the expense of comfort
  • Folding hardtop still allows for decent cargo space
  • AMG models aren't as agile as similarly priced exotics
  • This generation is showing its age
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2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class continues the lineage of one of the most iconic touring roadsters ever. It's been eight years since the SL received a full redesign, though, and its age is showing in the face of fresher competitors. To its credit, the SL remains an excellent luxury convertible that delivers high levels of refinement.

Inside, the SL is very much a last-generation Mercedes, lacking the latest MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system and maintaining the dated interior design. It's a functional cockpit, no doubt, but it's missing a lot of the latest tech features and the visual sophistication of current stablemates. If you don't need the latest and greatest features, though, this SL still has the comfort and performance you'd expect.

There are strong rumors that this may be the last year for this Mercedes-Benz SL generation since some poorly disguised test mules have been spotted in Europe. If that's the case, you may want to wait and see what the next SL has in store for us. Otherwise, the newer rivals from BMW and Porsche should easily satisfy.

Which SL-Class does Edmunds recommend?

As competent as the base SL 450 may be, we recommend stepping up to the V8-powered SL 550 for the full luxury touring experience. It has the right amount of effortless power with a more accessible price than the AMG model. It also has a much more comfortable ride quality. To that, we'd add the Driver Assistance package for more advanced safety features.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class models

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL is a two-seat convertible with a power-folding hardtop that's available in three trim levels based on engine size and output. The base SL 450 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (362 horsepower, 369 lb-ft of torque) and sends power to the rear wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The SL 550 ups the power with a turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 (449 hp, 516 lb-ft).

Standard features for the SL 450 include 19-inch wheels, a power windblocker, LED headlights and running lights, automatic high beams, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning and mitigation, keyless entry and ignition, a power trunklid with hands-free activation, selectable drive modes and an adaptive suspension.

Inside, you get dual-zone automatic climate control, sun-reflecting leather upholstery, heated seats, a navigation system, a COMAND infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two USB ports, and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with a six-CD changer and satellite and HD radio.

The SL 550 adds AMG-branded 19-inch wheels, an automated parking system, an Airscarf neck-level heater, and ventilated seats with active side bolsters and massage functions.

Most of the SL 550's premium features are optional on the SL 450. All SLs are eligible for mobile Wi-Fi hotspot service and many interior upholstery and trim upgrades. AMG models can be outfitted with carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon-fiber exterior trim. For 2020, a Grand Edition model debuts with 20-inch rear wheels, pre-selected paint and interior trim choices, and diamond-quilted Designo leather upholstery.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

5 star reviews: 33%
4 star reviews: 33%
3 star reviews: 34%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.0 stars based on 3 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • interior
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4 out of 5 stars, 2020SL rear speakers only work with CD’s
2020 450 SL,
SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)

No sound from rear speakers when tuned into XM Satellite radio, only works with CD’s. I never had this problem with S and GLS models!!

3 out of 5 stars, SL poor sound system, No front to back fader.
2020 450 SL,
SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)

You have no surround system, all you hear is the front speakers when the top is down. It needs front to back fader control that all S and GLS classes cars have!!!!

5 out of 5 stars, The Perfect Ride
Stan W.,
SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)

Looks, feel, and comfort!!!!! I could not ask for more. Lives up to the integrity of the Mercedes Legend.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class video

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NOTE: This video is about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, but since the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

It's been four years since Mercedes-Benz redesigned the iconic SL roadster, so the company picked the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show to roll out a mid-cycle refresh. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL now sports a front fascia that pulls some inspiration from the high-performance AMG GT, with a wider grille, larger air inlets and slightly modified headlights. Inside, the changes are subtle: a new steering wheel, larger infotainment screen and remodeled seats.

[MUSIC PLAYING] ALISTAIR WEAVER: This is Alistair Weaver for Edmunds. Now, consider this for a moment. When is a Mazda Miata not a Mazda Miata? Well, the answer is when it's carrying a Fiat badge, and dubbed a 124. Fiat did a deal with Mazda to use the platform of the wonderful MX5. And to re-clothe it with a bit of Italian flare, which they've done, sort of. Looks are obviously subjective, but to our eyes, it lacks the sort of simple beautiful elegance we might have expected of our Italian cousins. These lights, for example, feel a little bit clumsy. We don't even like it as much as we do the MX5. The Fiat, though, has a very different engine, a 1.4 liter turbo, developing 160 horsepower. It places the two liter naturally aspirated version in the Mazda. That engine's mated to either a six speed manual or like this model, a six speed automatic gearbox. Fiat says they've changed the door casing and played with the instruments. Though to be honest, that's probably no notable change. The rest of the cabin is pure MX5, not that that's necessarily a bad thing. The quality is good, and we like the simplicity of the design, and some of the features like these built-in speakers in the headrest. The only thing we would say, though, is whether the modernist vibe of the aesthetics is at odds with the retro feel of the Fiat's exterior. The 124 is expected to hit US showrooms next summer, priced from around $25,000, bringing it in line with the little Mazda. Which you choose, of course, will come down to personal choice. Me? I'd go with the MX5. But isn't it great that we've now got so many little affordable roadsters on the market?

Features & Specs

SL 450 2dr Convertible features & specs
SL 450 2dr Convertible
3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A
MPG 20 city / 28 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower362 hp @ 5500 rpm
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SL 550 2dr Convertible features & specs
SL 550 2dr Convertible
4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A
MPG 17 city / 25 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower449 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite SL-Class safety features:

Magic Vision Control
Keeps the windshield clean by spraying water directly from the wiper, minimizing overspray and maximizing windshield-washer fluid coverage.
Attention Assist
Warns you if the car detects irregular driving behavior, such as erratic steering inputs, commonly caused by drowsy driving.
Pop-Up Roll Bars
Detects an impending rollover and deploys a pair of roll bars behind the occupants' heads, helping minimize injury.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class vs. the competition

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class vs. BMW 8 Series

A year after the revival of the BMW 8 Series, the lineup has filled in nicely. There's now a six-cylinder 840i that serves as an entry-level trim to rival the SL 450, at least in regard to price. The newer 8 Series handily beats the SL when it comes to features and technology. It has a slightly smaller trunk than the Benz, but the rear seats fold flat to allow greater cargo capacity.

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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class vs. Jaguar F-Type

The Jaguar F-Type is biased more toward performance and driver engagement, as opposed to the SL's touring luxury. As a result, the Jaguar isn't as spacious or comfortable as the Benz, but it does tend to turn more heads. The F-Type also offers a much more accessible entry-level four-cylinder model. The Jag's smaller trunk limits space for weekend getaway luggage.

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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class vs. Porsche 911

For those looking to push performance past luxury touring, the Porsche 911 is a legitimate sports car. At the same time, it's surprisingly comfortable, well-mannered for daily commuting and its interior is appointed with quality materials. The main drawbacks are price (especially with options) and the lack of cargo space.

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Is the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 SL-Class both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Mercedes-Benz SL-Class fuel economy, so it's important to know that the SL-Class gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg to 22 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the SL-Class has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class:

  • A new Grand Edition model debuts
  • 2020 likely marks the last year of this SL generation
  • Part of the sixth SL generation that was introduced in 2013
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Is the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class reliable?

To determine whether the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the SL-Class. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the SL-Class's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 SL-Class is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class?

The least-expensive 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $91,000.

Other versions include:

  • SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $91,000
  • SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $114,700
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What are the different models of Mercedes-Benz SL-Class?

If you're interested in the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, the next question is, which SL-Class model is right for you? SL-Class variants include SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), and SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A). For a full list of SL-Class models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Overview

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is offered in the following submodels: SL-Class Convertible. Available styles include SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), and SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A).

What do people think of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 SL-Class 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 SL-Class.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 SL-Class featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class?

2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $115,695. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $11,526 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $11,526 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $104,169.

The average savings for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is 10% below the MSRP.

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Which 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Classes are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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