2015 Mercedes-Benz SL400 is Underrated, But Not a Serious Threat: Review
Golf clubs, pensioners, Boca Raton; the Mercedes-Benz SL 400 has seen them all. While these stigmas often tend to ring true for the two-door Benz, that shouldn’t dissuade any young bucks out there from getting behind the wheel and trying it out for themselves. The SL might pleasantly surprise you. RELATED: See More of the Mercedes-Benz SL Mile Miglia 417
The Mercedes-Benz SL has what the typical buyer of this car may call “whippersnapper speed.” Don’t go racing any new Corvettes, mind you, but the SL 400 feels like a car that actually wants to perform.
There’s a 329-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 under the hood that sends power through a seven speed automatic to the rear wheels. Push on the gas hard enough, and you’ll get it from a dead stop to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. It’s not breaking any land speed records, but it’ll definitely get you from point A to point B faster than any electric scooter.
Steering is relatively numb, but mimics the overall personality of the car. It occasionally wants to perform like a sports car with a throaty V6 and responsive suspension, but stays pretty neutral throughout. Cars like the Chevrolet Corvette or Jaguar F-Type are decidedly more enthusiast-focused. Obviously.
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Retiree Interior, Millennial Technology
The exterior of the car was refreshed in 2013. That's good news, considering the previous generation started resembling something left out of the fridge for too long. But while designers went about updating the exterior, it seems like the team responsible for updating the interior must have been on vacation.
It oozes of "retiree." There’s an entire number panel on the dash, '90s-era lacquered wood paneling, and cheap-feeling air vents. It may sound petty, but that’s not the type of quality you expect to see from Mercedes-Benz as of late. But at least the seats were comfy.
Where the interior design might have gone wrong, the technology went very right. Night vision, blind spot monitoring, lane assist, and even a permanently open sunroof that can be tinted or un-tinted by pushing a button. Every modern technological amenity you would expect from Mercedes you’ll find in the new SL.
Hate it or love it, the convertible top is a huge selling point for the SL. The streamlined hardtop design keeps the coupe handsome with the roof up or down. But most importantly, let’s you soak up all that South Florida sunshine when need be.
The negative being that, with the top down, trunk space is almost nonexistent. You can maybe fit a small duffle bag or two. Perfect if you’re heading to the beach, not so perfect if you’re heading home from the airport.
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Starting at $85,975, the SL is pretty expensive. That’s not including a number of options, or a bigger V8 version that will push you well over $100,000. For the price of the SL400, you get 329 horsepower and 20 city/27 highway mpg.
At the end of the day, the Mercedes-Benz SL400 is a car that might actually surprise you. Don’t expect to have your mind blown, but it might make you rethink its pensioner persona.
Engine: 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6
0-60: 4.6 seconds
Price (base): $85,975
Aggressive, classy design
Loaded with technology
Hefty price tag
Still not a segment leader