2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class Review
Pros & Cons
- Retractable hardtop reduces interior noise
- Distinctive glass roof panel
- Accident avoidance tech is standard
- Less engaging to drive than rival roadsters
- Antiquated tech interface
- Snug interior, even by roadster standards
List Price Estimate
$33,318 - $37,448
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Which SLC-Class does Edmunds recommend?
The SLC is at its most distinctive and characterful in AMG 43 guise. It also comes standard with the SLC 300's Premium package content, which includes worthwhile upgrades such as Airscarf neck heaters, heated seats, dual-zone climate control and satellite radio. In terms of options, Magic Sky Control is a must-have for blocking out the sun's rays through the glass roof.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The SLC 43 (and the SLC 300) encourages spirited driving, and it's suitably quick. However, it isn't as engaging or as thrilling as an Audi TT, BMW Z4, Jaguar F-Type or Porsche Boxster. Some of these alternatives may be slower, but the sensation of speed and confidence is in their favor.
The folding hardtop roof helps reduce wind noise, and the powerful climate control — complete with Airscarf's breeze for your neck — is welcome. The SLC, however, could really use ventilated seats.
The SLC's interior comes across as dated. Other Mercedes vehicles have a more graceful cabin aesthetic, better materials quality and more advanced technology features.
It's a roadster, and the folding hardtop further cuts into cargo space with the roof lowered. Don't expect much utility with the SLC. There's just enough capacity for a weekend escape as long as you pack very light or keep the top up.
If there's one thing that ages quickly, it's technology. The SLC's old-generation numeric keypad and redundant menu buttons bring up nostalgia but not in a good way. At least everything works as it should. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available.
|Overall||6.2 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
SLC 300 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
I love both the exterior and the interior of my new car SLC 300 Roadster. The cabin area is small inside the car but it’s a Roadster after all!. I wish it came with the standard safety equipment (like what was included without an extra cost on our 2018 Highlander) but unfortunately, it didn’t. For example, you could get lane assist on the SLC 300 but it’s additional charge for this safety feature. Toyota’s Safety Sense on our Highlander has pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, dynamic radar cruise control etc. all included on our suv for no additional cost. However, I didn’t buy this car to compare to our suv’s included safety features that this one charges extra to get on the car. Instead, I bought this car for the “fun factor”. I would have loved to have bought this car with all the so called “bells and whistles’ available for purchase on the car but what my car does have is still adequate. That being said, I wish the Naviation system was automatically included in the cost of the car so that you didn’t have to pay extra for it. My car has the Garmin Map pilot on it ($625 dollar charge) BUT it doesn’t come with the chip to use it. IMO that is crazy and kind of a rip off since you have to purchase the chip separately to be able to use the Garmin Pilot map. As far as reliability goes, since we have never bought a Mercedes Benz before, I really don’t know if this car is a reliable car or not. What I can say is if this car is as reliable as Mercedes Benz vehicles are suppose to be, I’ll be extremely pleased with my new car. I look forward to driving this car for many, many years ( I better since it will take me 7 years to pay it off). Our previous suv (before the Highlander) we kept and drove it for over 256,000 miles and my 2003 350z has 200,000 miles on it right now. I’m thinking about detailing my experience driving this new car to see how it holds up in day to day driving but we shall see if I do that after all. At any rate, I look forward to driving and enjoying my beautiful new 2019 MB SLC300. It’s a gorgeous car and though there are a few things I’d change about this car, I think it’s a beautiful car like it is.
SLC 300 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
I love my new Benz!!! Switched from being a lifetime owner of 370Z Roadsters until the convertible didn't work on my last new one, so I went with the SLC 300 and never regreted it.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the SLC-Class models:
- Attention Assist
- Monitors the driver through a variety of means and provides a warning if it detects inattention or drowsiness.
- Active Brake Assist
- Monitors traffic ahead and warns of potential collisions. Can automatically apply the brakes if necessary.
- Active Lane Keeping Assist
- Warns and helps the driver with steering correction if the car unintentionally begins to drift out of its lane.