2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300

Original MSRP Range
$49,950 - $49,950
Available Style(s)
Convertible
MPG
23 - 23 MPG City / 32 - 32 MPG Hwy
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2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300

What We Like

  • Marvelous retractable hardtop
  • Great engines
  • Unruffled high-speed demeanor
  • Capable handling
  • High-quality interior
  • Great fuel economy
  • Magic Sky Control

What We Don't

  • Limited occupant space, even for a compact
  • A lightly used SL is about the same price

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.0/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300?

Both models of the 2020 SLC-Class offer "Final Edition" versions that are dedicated cosmetic packages, including a bespoke "Sun Yellow" paint for the AMG SLC 43. The AMG edition also receives sport seats. See the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class models for sale near you

Which SLC 300 is the Best?

If it's mostly about the looks, having a nice little 2-seater and 241 hp is more than enough muscle (which is an absolutely valid standpoint), making the SLC 300 a good choice. But then, don't test drive the AMG SLC 43, because its driving thrills are unarguably alluring. Find a Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300 Cost?

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class comes in SLC 300 and AMG SLC 43 versions.

The SLC 300 ($50,945) has 17-in alloy wheels, glass panel in the folding roof, mirror-logo headlamps, LED running lights and taillights, rain-sensing wipers, simulated leather upholstery, heated power-folding side mirrors, 8-way power-adjustable seats with memory settings, drive mode selection, sport exhaust system, 7-in display, blind spot monitoring and an 8-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, two USB ports and HD radio.

An optional Premium package for the SLC 300 brings keyless entry/ignition, remote control of the folding hardtop, Airscarf (a neck-warming feature that uses vents built into the seats), heated seats and satellite radio. An adjustable suspension, active LED headlights with automatic high beams and a 500-watt/10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system are also available.

The Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 ($65,645) has the contents of the Premium package, as well as active LED headlights with automatic high beams and the Harman Kardon audio system as standard. It also has the bigger engine, stronger brakes, aerodynamic additions, sport-tuned suspension, 18-in AMG-design alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, some real leather in the upholstery and powered adjustment for the steering column.

The SLC 43 is eligible for AMG Ride Control -- a more sophisticated sport suspension -- plus the AMG Handling package, which brings a mechanical limited-slip rear differential along with an IWC-designed analog clock and a sport steering wheel wrapped with a mix of leather and synthetic suede. These latter items don't help with handling but go some way to justify the extra money.

Both variants are eligible for an analog dashboard clock, navigation, ambient cabin lighting, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, parking assist, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and a few cosmetic additions.

One cool option for both models is Magic Sky Control, which turns the glass panel in the roof transparent or opaque by the touch of a button. It's well worth having, since there isn't a sunshade for the regular glass panel.

Total trunk space is an adequate 10.1 cu ft., which shrinks to 6.4 cu ft. when the roof is stowed away.

SLC 300 Trims

ConvertibleOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
SLC SLC 300 Roadster$49,950 / $46,9534 Cylinder Turbo24123 / 329-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD

Is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300 a Safe Car?

The SLC-Class comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, 10 airbags, active headrests, aluminum roll bars behind the headrests and a driver-drowsiness monitor. An array of advanced driver aids (mentioned above) are optional.

Like many luxury vehicles, the SLK has not been subjected to crash tests by any American agencies.

5 Year Cost to Own

$66,661 ($0.89 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • AMG Line Exterior Pkg
  • AMG Line Exterior w/Night Pkg
  • Smartphone Integration Pkg
  • Lighting Pkg
  • Premium Pkg
  • Multimedia Pkg
  • Driver Assistance Pkg

Competition

2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300 vs the competition

2020 Audi TT -- The regular version comes in coupe or roadster form, while the hot 292-hp TTS (there's also a hotter TT RS with 400 hp) only has a fixed roof. But the tech is impressive, and so is the driving experience.

2020 BMW 2 Series -- By 2 Series, we mean the small rear-wheel drive coupe or convertible, as opposed to the front-wheel drive Gran Coupe that joins the range this year. Superb driving manners meets high class.

2020 BMW Z4 -- In the second year of a new generation, this 2-seater has a soft top. Driving enthusiasts should check it out.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro -- Seriously, the Camaro's range of engines and excellent suspension make it a contender, even if it doesn't have the cachet of something exotic and German. Like many of these alternatives, it's a choice between a hard or soft top, which is also what makes the SLC so compelling.

2020 Porsche 718 Boxster -- The Boxster employs 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.

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.

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