2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300

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$47,950–$47,950 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2017 Mercedes‑Benz SLC 300. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Engine:
    241-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Seating:
    2 Seats
  • Transmission:
    9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Interior lacks refinement of newer Mercedes models

Notable Features of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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.

New for 2017

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 features 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 mult...

Vehicle Overview

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.

New for 2017

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 features 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.


Latest 2017 SLC 300 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Sporty & Luxury

by Roadster from Tuolumne, CA on August 25, 2017

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. Read full review

(5.0)

Everything you'd expect and more

by gost29 from Freeport,FL on May 22, 2017

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 ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The SLC 300 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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