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2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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What’s new

  • The SL is unchanged for 2019
  • Top AMG SL 65 trim has been dropped
  • 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
MSRP Range
$89,150 - $154,450
MSRP Starting at
$89,150
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$85,028
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$85,028 - $105,029

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MSRP Range
$89,150 - $154,450
MSRP Starting at
$89,150
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$85,028
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$85,028 - $105,029

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Which SL-Class does Edmunds recommend?

The SL spans a wide range of price points, but we think the SL 550 strikes an ideal balance of price, performance and prestige. It's plenty quick, as buyers in this segment require, but it costs considerably less than the AMG variant and has better ride quality. We'd then add the Driver Assistance package for its additional advanced safety features.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

8.0 / 10

When it comes to dignified top-down motoring, the Mercedes-Benz SL is an icon. It blends a prodigious technology portfolio with sumptuous luxury like few convertibles can. It's aging but gracefully so, and the 2019 model will likely be the last year of this generation. The current car, however, is still at the top of its game.

Despite its seemingly conventional nature, the SL is replete with impressive features. Take its roof, for example. Wind noise and buffeting are minimal with the power-folding roof stowed, and when raised the roof seals out noise like a traditional coupe does. But it's also available with an electronically dimmable overhead glass panel for when you want to split the difference between top-down and top-up driving. Its optional active-bolster seats are gimmicky, but the Airscarf system that emits warm air from beneath the headrests is sublime.

Three engine choices give buyers wide latitude in how quickly they want the scenery to blur, and its sophisticated suspension smooths out rough pavement with surprising grace. It's quite capable on a spirited drive, even if its weight and general demeanor suggest otherwise.

Despite its speed, the SL has never been the sportiest drop-top out there, and the 2019 model is no different. It is, however, supremely comfortable and capable.

2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class models

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL is a two-seat convertible with a power-folding hardtop and is available in three trim levels. The base SL 450 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (362 horsepower, 369 pound-feet) 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). Finally, the AMG SL 63 comes with a bigger turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 (577 hp, 664 lb-ft), a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and special performance hardware and styling elements.

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, selectable drive modes, and an adaptive suspension.

Inside, you get dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, sun-reflecting leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated seats, a navigation system, voice controls, the 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, a power trunklid with hands-free activation, an automated parking system, the Airscarf neck-level heater, and ventilated seats with active side bolsters and massage functions.

The AMG SL 63 receives high-performance drive and suspension settings, Active Body Control (which mitigates body roll while cornering), upgraded brakes, a limited-slip differential, unique AMG gauges and other AMG-themed aesthetic flourishes, a dashtop analog clock made by International Watch Co., upgraded leather upholstery and a simulated-suede headliner.

Most of the fancier trims' premium features are optional on lesser models. All SLs are eligible for a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and many interior upholstery and trim upgrades. AMG models can be outfitted with carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon-fiber exterior trim.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG (turbo 5.5-liter V8 | 7-speed automatic | RWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2015, the current SL has received some minor revisions. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's model, however.

Scorecard

Overall8.0 / 10
Driving8.5
Comfort8.0
Interior8.0
Utility6.0

Driving

8.5
The SL has slightly synthetic handling but is extremely capable. Midcorner bumps don't throw it off too badly. It's equal parts boulevardier and sports car, depending on your whims. Expect mega power, surprising grip, powerful brakes and good manners.

Acceleration

9.0
The V8 has tremendous power. It accelerated to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds in our testing. There are vast reserves of thrust at any rpm.

Braking

8.0
These carbon-ceramic brakes have terrific stopping power and lots of heat capacity. Modulation is a bit touchy at light pedal pressure when cold. The pedal is firm. Stopping from 60 mph takes 108 feet with very little nosedive or drama.

Steering

7.0
The appropriately quick steering develops some feel in harder driving. The buildup of effort is reasonably intuitive. Overall, the steering doesn't draw attention to itself, for better or worse.

Handling

8.0
The SL is composed thanks to the Active Body Control system. It is sure-footed on winding roads and has heaps of grip. Even though it's heavy, this car works surprisingly well at speed.

Drivability

8.0
Departures from a standstill are graceful every time. Upshifts are smooth, but slowing down can sometimes be jerky due to transmission downshifting. The manual mode could be more responsive.

Comfort

8.0
It is nearly as comfortable as it is fast, and that's no small feat. Its high level of refinement and versatile seats make this roadster easily capable of long trips. There's more noise originating from the low-profile tires than you might expect.

Seat comfort

8.5
The SL has highly configurable seats that offer heating, cooling and massage. They even blow warm air on your neck. Lateral support could be better given this car's grip.

Ride comfort

8.0
The ride is not obtrusive, but it is punctuated by tire noise. It's on the appropriately firm side but not harsh, and it doesn't come unglued on rough surfaces.

Noise & vibration

6.0
Road noise is this car's black mark. The short-sidewall tires smack loudly against the pavement and can thrum at times, depending on the road texture. The convertible top creaks occasionally. The levels of wind and engine noise are minimal.

Interior

8.0
The well-laid-out cabin offers a surprising amount of room as well as very easy entry and exit. The convertible top earns high marks for its quick, quiet and low-effort stowage. It does, however, compromise the cargo area.

Ease of use

7.5
The cabin is intuitively laid out. The climate control knobs for temperature are big, while the buttons for other functions are small.

Getting in/getting out

7.5
A low stepover and a reasonable sill width facilitate graceful entry and exit.

Visibility

7.5
There is reasonably good visibility considering the high rear deck and moderately wide rear pillars. The beltline and cowl are not too obtrusive, which facilitates the forward view.

Quality

8.0
The interior design is handsome rather than adventurous. Aside from the artistic touches on the seats, the cabin shows restraint. Build quality is outstanding. And although the cabin controls are all parts-bin pieces, they work well.>

Utility

6.0
Trunk space is compromised by the stowed roof, but a cargo separator automatically deploys when dropping the top in order to define luggage space from roof storage space. With the roof raised, the SL provides a large trunk and there's enough cabin storage to be practical. The bonus space behind the seats helps a lot.

Technology

Even in standard guise, the SL comes with a Harman Kardon surround-sound system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Most advanced driver aids are available.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

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Average user rating: 4.5 stars based on 2 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, It is TOO soon (to write this review)!
AWForrester,
SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A)

This 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL 550R is my 3rd roadster: I owned a 2003 SL 500, followed by a 2007 SL 550. The latter car was still is good mechanical shape and looked brand new, but the styling was a bit dated. So, 2 weeks ago, I negotiated the leasing of a 2019 model. What a difference 12 years make! Many more standard features, more sophisticated driver assistance aids, updated styling, an extra 67 bhp compared to the 2007 model, extraordinary electronics. It is too soon to answer many of the questions you have posed, but I have a sense that the gas mileage isn't going to be so great (I am still on my 1st tank of gas). The leg room behind the steering wheel is tighter than that in the 2007 model, which is my only disappointment - and this makes a difference, since I am 6'5" tall. There is greater depth of the trunk space, but that is because there is NO spare tire (boo hoo!). We'll have to see how well the run-flat tires fare! Overall, no major complaints to report!

4 out of 5 stars, 2018 SL550 review
marty,
SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A)

In general very happy with the car . I have owned it for a little over a year . The exterior styling has grown on me and the interior is really nice . The car rides smooth and controlled . The car is all day comfortable . Top up or down the interior is quiet . All materials are good quality. The power is more than enough . All controls ( steering , brakes and gas ) and transmission work well . I can not say that for an Audi Q5 that I currently own . Only area that I wish was a little better would be handling . It's not bad , but coming from a corvette ZR1 and a Camaro Z28 it could be better . This is the first car that I have bought that my wife approves of ( she loves it ) . Guess it's here to stay.

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Features & Specs

SL 450 2dr Convertible features & specs
SL 450 2dr Convertible
3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A
MSRP$89,150
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
MSRP$113,550
MPG 17 city / 25 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower449 hp @ 5500 rpm
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AMG SL 63 2dr Convertible features & specs
AMG SL 63 2dr Convertible
5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A
MSRP$154,450
MPG 15 city / 23 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission7-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower577 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Safety

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

An all-new model, the 8 Series has a level of drama that the aging SL can't match. But the BMW's choice of powertrains will initially be more limited, and there certainly won't be an 8 Series variant that can go up against the mighty AMG models for quite some time. Like the SL, the 8 Series balances abundant comfort with surprising capability.

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

It's difficult to ignore the F-Type's striking sheet metal and vocal V8, which might entail more attention than you bargained for. The Jaguar also has all-wheel drive in V8 trims (it's optional in lesser trims), which might seem odd in a sporty two-seat convertible but is necessary to put down the V8's grunt. Nevertheless, the F-Type can't match the SL's better-crafted and more spacious cabin.

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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class vs. Porsche 911

In terms of all-around competence, it's hard to beat the 911. Like the SL, it doesn't have the most soul-stirring styling. But the modern 911 is so well-rounded that it easily excels at nearly any situation you can think of. The 911 can surpass even the AMG model's acceleration if you step up to a 911 Turbo or Turbo S trim. And it even has a back seat as well as a trunk that doesn't care if the top is up or down.

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FAQ
Is the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 SL-Class both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.0 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2019 SL-Class gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews) You probably care about Mercedes-Benz SL-Class fuel economy, so it's important to know that the SL-Class gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg to 23 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 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class:

  • The SL is unchanged for 2019
  • Top AMG SL 65 trim has been dropped
  • 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 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 SL-Class and gave it a 8.0 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2019 SL-Class gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 SL-Class is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class?

The least-expensive 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is the 2019 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 $89,150.

Other versions include:

  • SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $89,150
  • SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $113,550
  • AMG SL 63 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A) which starts at $154,450
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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), SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG SL 63 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A). For a full list of SL-Class models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Overview

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is offered in the following submodels: SL-Class AMG SL 63, SL-Class Convertible. Available styles include SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG SL 63 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A).

What do people think of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 SL-Class 4.5 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 2019 SL-Class.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 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 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class?
2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2019 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 $114,545. The average price paid for a new 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $19,511 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $19,511 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $95,034.

The average savings for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is 17% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $90,145. The average price paid for a new 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $15,562 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $15,562 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $74,583.

The average savings for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) is 17.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 450 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Classes are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 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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