Marvelous retractable hardtop; great engines; unruffled high-speed demeanor; capable handling; high-quality interior; great fuel economy; Magic Sky Control
Limited occupant space, even for a compact; a lightly used SL is about the same price
As well as the new name, some styling revisions have also been applied. And the range now consists of two variants (the 2016 SLK had three), with features introduced and/or redistributed accordingly. New standard equipment includes a revised instrument cluster, a sport steering wheel and a 7-inch display. Active LED headlights and ambient cabin lighting join the options list. See the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class models for sale near you
Although there's nothing wrong with the SLC 300, the AMG SLC 43 has to be the top pick. A well-considered amount of power in a nimble and fairly light body is a perfect formula for fun. And this is supposed to be a fun car. Find a Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class for sale
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class comes in SLC 300 and AMG SLC 43 versions.
The SLC 300 ($48,875) has 17-in alloy wheels, a glass panel in the folding roof, LED running lights/taillights, rain-sensing wipers, simulated leather upholstery, heated/power-folding side mirrors, 8-way power-adjustable seats with memory settings, drive-mode selection, a rearview camera, a 7-in display, and an 8-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, two USB ports, SD card reader and HD Radio.
The first options bundle is called, unsurprisingly, the Premium 1 package. This brings keyless entry/ignition, remote control of the folding hardtop, Airscarf (a neck-warming feature that uses vents built into the seats), heated seats, satellite radio and a Harman Kardon 11-speaker Surround Sound system.
This is all standard in the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 ($61,225). But this variant also has the bigger engine and stronger brakes, plus aerodynamic additions, a sport-tuned suspension, a sport exhaust system, 18-in AMG-design alloy wheels, some real leather in the upholstery and powered adjustment for the steering column.
This model is eligible for the AMG Handling package, which brings a mechanical limited-slip differential. This bundle also includes an IWC-designed analog clock and a steering wheel wrapped in a mix of leather and synthetic suede. They don't have anything to do with handling, but help justify the extra money.
Both variants are eligible for the Premium 2 package of active LED headlights with automatic high-beams, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient cabin lighting, navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, voice control and blind spot monitoring. Premium 3 has all the contents of the first two packages, plus driver aids like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, parking sensors front and rear, along with a self-parking feature and an adjustable suspension.
A cool option is Magic Sky Control, which turns the glass panel in the roof transparent or opaque with the touch of a button. It's well worth having, since there isn't a sunshade for the regular glass panel. Special leather upholstery that reflects the sun's rays is also available.
Total trunk space is an adequate 10.1 cu ft., which contracts to 6.4 cu ft. when the roof is stowed away.
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2017 Audi TT -- The regular version comes in coupe or roadster form, while the hot 292-hp TTS (there's a hotter TT RS coming in 2018 with 400 hp) only comes with a fixed roof. But the tech is impressive and so is the driving experience.
2017 BMW 2 Series -- Available as a small coupe or convertible. Superb driving manners meets high class.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro -- Seriously, the Camaro's range of engines and superb suspension makes this a contender even if it doesn't have the cachet of something exotic and German. Again, like the rest of these alternatives, it's a choice between a soft- or hardtop. That's what makes the SLC so compelling.
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster -- The Boxster uses a soft top, so it does not have the SLC's serene character when the roof is up. But serenity is hardly the point of a Porsche. Updated for the 2017 model year.
Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class -- Along with the company's big luxury sedans, the SL-Class is the car that really means "Mercedes-Benz." It's gone beyond class and status symbolism to become an icon.