2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300

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$47,950

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Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Accommodates taller people reasonably well
  • New front-end styling evokes SL-Class

The bad:

  • Interior lacks refinement of newer Mercedes models

1 trim

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Notable features

  • Formerly known as the SLK-Class
  • Restyled exterior for 2017
  • Retractable-hardtop roadster
  • Performance-oriented AMG version available
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission standard

2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300 review: Our expert's take


Mercedes-Benz has refreshed and renamed its smaller roadster for the 2017 model year. The new SLC-Class, which comes as the SLC300 and its high-performance variant the Mercedes-AMG SLC43, arrives in time for the 20th anniversary of the 1996 launch of its predecessor, the SLK-Class.


The new name is a nod to the roadster's close genetic ties to the C-Class sedan, while style, sophistication and performance are the update's emphasis.

Exterior

The hardtop convertible’s front end features a steeply raked grille and elongated, arrow-shaped hood. The standard grille is finished in black with silver and chrome trim, with an optional chrome-finished grille with silver or high-gloss trim. The contoured bumper features air intakes and chrome trim along the lower edge and LED daytime running lamps integrated into the headlights.

Aluminum-alloy wheels come in 17 and 18 inches. At the rear, the bumper featuresĀ a black diffuser and chrome flourishes as well as narrowed, horizontally divided LED taillights. The trunk lid has an accentuated arrow shape with a third brake light positioned on the spoiler lip.

Interior

Aluminum trim with carbon-fiber finish adorns the cabin, while a redesigned instrument cluster updates the driver’s view of vehicle functions. The Comand multimedia system’s screen grows to 7 inches from the SLK’s 5.8 inches, and a dash-top analog clock tells the current time as it harkens the past. Available multimedia functions include navigation, a DVD player, Internet radio, Bluetooth connectivity with hands-free capabilities and voice-operated control, as well as two USB ports.

The roadster’s electrohydraulic roof can be opened or closed at speeds up to 25 mph so long as the process is begun from a standstill. Meanwhile, if the standard automatic trunk separator is in the upper position for max cargo space, it moves down when the top is dropped and stowed; if the trunk is full, the roof will not open and a notification will appear in the instrument cluster.

Other interior features include a sport steering wheel with perforated grip, an optional three-spoke multifunction steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather and microfiber upholstery with a new perforated design on the shoulder area of the electrically adjustable seats, contrast piping and stitching, and increased use of ambient lighting.

Under the Hood

The SLC300 will use a version of the current SLK’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 241 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque. Mercedes says it’s good for a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 130 mph. The high-performance SLC43 runs on a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder that makes 362 hp and 384 pounds-feet of torque, shaving more than a second off that sprint and bumping the electronically limited top speed up by 25 mph.

Both engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission; the SLC43 adds an AMG sport suspension. The standard Dynamic Select feature allows the driver to choose from five selectable modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, Eco and Individual.

Safety

Advanced safety and driver-assistance features include standard collision-prevention braking and backup camera, and optional blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, dynamic LED headlights and parking assist.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

OUTSTANDING, SEXY, DUDE MAGNET!

This car is exceptional! Very comfortable for a sports car! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Its not too low - easy to get in and out of. Hard top convertible! Amazing!

5.0

Sporty & Luxury

We love this amazing machine. It has everything and more. The car we got is a 2018 SLC300. We smile every time we get in it and I can't stop myself looking at it.

5.0

Everything you'd expect and more

Love the panorama roof where it feels like to is open all the time. Apple play works for navigation whether you choose that option or not handing is superb, paddle shifting is well positioned and driving sorry mode still gets 22-24 might.

See all 5 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
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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