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Mercedes-AMG SL

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

53
%
E

Used car score:

49
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

36
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

11
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

53
%
E

Used car score:

49
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

36
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

11
%
E

Summary


Now in its seventh-generation, the Mercedes SL (or SL-Class) is an upmarket two-door convertible. Offering all-wheel drive for the first time, this latest iteration is the first to be sold under the performance-enhanced Mercedes-AMG name.

Powered by a 4.0-litre V8 with an impressive 0-62mph sprint time of 3.6 seconds, and offering a refined interior made up of many components shared with the lavish Mercedes-Benz S-Class, several reviewers conclude that this convertible occupies the middle ground between relaxing grand tourer and adrenaline-packed sports car, to its detriment.

“We can’t help but feel the new SL sits in a bit of a no-man’s land”, admits Heycar‘s Lawrence Allan, “unable to offer the true plushness and interior richness of a proper luxury car while not quite delivering the properly sorted driving experience of the best sports cars.”

Should you be on the lookout for a luxury cruiser, Georg Kacher of Parkers instead recommends Bentley, and adds that Aston Martin, Porsche and Ferrari make more engaging sports cars than this Mercedes. That said, he still concludes that the SL is a “highly accomplished” package that is easy to like and recommend, provided you can afford its lofty six-figure price tag.

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-AMG SL holds a New Car Expert Rating of E, with a score of 53%. Its media review scores to date have been average, while its CO2 emissions are inevitably high – as are its running costs.

SL highlights

  • Powerful petrol engines
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Relatively practical luxury interior
  • Agile handling

SL lowlights

  • Not very fuel efficient
  • Small rear seats and boot
  • Quite heavy for a convertible
  • Very expensive, base price and up

Key specifications


Body style: 2+2 roadster
Engines:
petrol, petrol mild-hybrid
Price:
From £108,165 on-road

Launched: Winter 2022/23
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Parkers

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-AMG SL has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. Considering its hefty price tag, it is unlikely to ever be tested.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-AMG SL has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Mercedes-AMG SL to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the SL, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models26 mpgE21 – 31 mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models254 g/kmD206 – 299 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£565D
Year 2£1,387D
Year 3£2,153D
Year 4£2,461D
Year 5£3,240D
Overall£9,806D

Unsurprisingly, the Mercedes-AMG SL is an expensive car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The car’s fuel economy is poor, raising daily costs, and its insurance premiums here in the UK are in the highest bracket.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mercedes-AMG SL has received.

2023

  • News UK Motoring Awards – Legend Car of the Year

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If you’re looking at the Mercedes-AMG SL, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

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The Mercedes-AMG SL is both a relaxing grand tourer than adrenaline-packed sports car, but unfortunately it does not conquer either class.Mercedes-AMG SL