2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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$103,650

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Styling
  • Retractable hardtop
  • Rear visibility
  • Active Body Control suspension

The bad:

  • Nonlinear brake pedal response
  • Rearview mirror in driver's line of sight

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Choice of V-8 engines
  • High-performance SL63 AMG model
  • Intelligent Light System on headlamps
  • mbrace telematics system

2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The SL-Class retractable-hardtop roadster competes in the upper-crust sport-luxury market with the likes of the BMW 650i and Jaguar XK convertibles. It seats two people and is offered in V-8-powered SL550 and SL63 AMG forms.

New for 2012
The SL65 AMG has been discontinued, but there are no significant changes to the remaining models.
 
Exterior
The front is characterized by angular headlights that look a bit sinister, a grille bisected by a single, bold cross-member and a large Mercedes star logo. The hood is domed and creased to carry the line from those shapes. An optional Intelligent Light System for the headlamps has five modes for different driving situations. In addition to the more common active (swiveling) and cornering light modes are Country mode, Motorway mode and enhanced fog lamps. Exterior features include:

  • Power retractable hardtop
  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels on SL550
  • Standard 19-inch alloy wheels on SL63 AMG
  • Standard bi-xenon headlights
  • Optional Intelligent Light System

Interior
The SL has leather-trimmed seats for two and a long list of comfort and convenience features to justify its lofty price, including the Comand multimedia system. Comand has an optional Universal Consumer Interface — a port that accepts portable music players and flash memory and controls them through the stereo, complete with on-screen menus. Also included are Bluetooth phone functionality and the option of watching DVDs on the screen (when the car is parked).

An interesting option is Airscarf — two small fans incorporated into each head restraint that blow warm air at the occupant’s neck. Mercedes says the objective is to “extend the open-air driving season.” Interior features include:

  • mbrace telematics system
  • Voice-activated Comand system with 8-inch dash screen
  • Beverage cooler in glove box
  • 10-speaker Harman Kardon stereo

Under the Hood
The SL550 has a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8. The SL63 AMG’s 6.2-liter V-8 makes 518 hp. All versions are rear-wheel drive. Mechanical features include:

  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard active suspension system (Active Body Control)
  • Optional Direct Steer system

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Pop-up roll bar
  • Active head restraints

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.3

Great looking gentleman's sports car

Car meets my needs as a third vehicle. Used on nice days and is a pleasure to drive. Not extremely fuel efficient but I didn't buy it for that. When the weather permits and trip is right, there is no better car to drive.

5.0

Selling my cars over the years great site

Sold my cars in a timely fashion Love the site When buying it selling a car fir my family and kids

4.6

drivable super car

the sound from this cars is intoxicating. Drives like it is on rails, decent mileage, and a rush every time you start it. Spend the money its worth it!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
48 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
-12 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
Powertrain
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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