The Mercedes SLC is the successor to the SLK convertible and comes with a fresh design and new engines. It rivals convertibles such as the Audi TT Roadster, BMW Z4 and the cheaper Mazda MX-5. Think of the SLC as a facelift and name change of the old SLK – because the car shares many components with that car.
The SLC’s engine range is pretty good for a compact roadster – petrols include a 181hp 2.0-litre petrol and a sporty 362hp 3.0-litre V6 in the range-topping SLC 43 AMG, which replaces the SLK 55 AMG. Those looking for diesel power get the 64.1mpg SLC 250d model.
In terms of driving, it is similar to the SLK – with more of a focus on comfort than out-and-out sportscar thrills and the standard nine-speed automatic gearbox ensures smooth, and effortless, acceleration. The SLC 43 AMG is a different beast and should be sharper thanks to adaptive dampers with selectable settings.
The only major differences inside compared to the old car are a bigger seven-inch (up from 5.8 inches) infotainment screen that is easy to use, plus a redesigned steering wheel. Otherwise you still get a two-seater cabin and a folding metal roof that increases security and refinement when closed.
As expected from a Mercedes, equipment levels are generous – leather upholstery, air-conditioning and cruise control are standard, while notable options include £1,150 adaptive LED headlights and £675 park assist.
While its all good looking on the outside, the interior is pretty dated
While an Audi TT Roadster might feel more modern inside and a Porsche 718 Boxster might be more fun to drive on the limit, the Mercedes SLC retains its proven formula of a sporty drive and a secure metal folding roof. It’s now also better kitted out, sharper to drive and more refined than ever before. The SLC might not be a class leader in terms of thrills, but as a safe choice it’s one of the best ones out there.
For a more detailed look at the SLC, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. Or, to see what sort of offers are available on the SLC, simply visit our deals page.