No vehicle makes a better excuse for taking long, twisty roads on weekend adventures than a two-door convertible. Ideally, you want a combination of nimble handling and compliant road manners, and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster absolutely meets those requirements.
This compact Mercedes convertible was first called the SLK-Class when it originally went on sale in the 2011 model year. Beyond the name, much has changed since then. Today, the 2018 SLC Roadster comes in two versions: the more affordable and fuel-efficient SLC 300 and the performance-oriented AMG SLC 43.
The SLC 300 packs a turbocharged four-cylinder engine whose 241 horsepower provides acceleration that's adequate for a small sports car with a base engine. Though previous performance AMG models featured a muscle-car-sounding V8, the SLC 43 makes do with a twin-turbocharged V6 that offers an entertaining 362 hp.
The SLC Roadster hasn't received the interior updates you'll find elsewhere in the lineup, such as a large digital instrument cluster, but the look and feel remain unmistakably Mercedes-Benz. There are echoes of the top-tier SL-Class and flagship sports car AMG GT despite the sizable difference in cost.
Also, like the SL-Class, the SLC Roadster uses a similar glass roof. It's attractive, but it can let in a lot of heat on sunny days, making the optional Magic Sky Control — which darkens the glass at the press of a button — a highly recommended addition. On cooler days, the optional Airscarf system, which blows warm air from seat-mounted vents, means that drivers can enjoy top-down motoring without shivering.
The materials quality is top-notch and nothing short of what you'd expect from the German luxury brand. Although a little cozier in the cockpit than some other competitors, the SLC should still serve as an effective grand tourer on longer-distance trips. And the surprisingly ample trunk space makes the SLC a perfect vehicle for intimate road trips.
Though competitors may offer more muscle, more agility or even a couple more seats, if a perfect marriage of luxury and sporty roadster is what you are looking for, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster needs to be on your list. Be sure to read the full review on Edmunds and let us help find the perfect SLC Roadster for your needs.
2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class Overview
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class is offered in the following submodels: Convertible, AMG SLC 43. Available styles include SLC 300 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG SLC 43 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A). SLC-Class models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2018 SLC-Class comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed shiftable automatic. The 2018 SLC-Class comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a unlimited yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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