2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class was new.

The SL550 roadster is praised for its well-engineered mechanics, classy design, and impressively equipped interior cabin. While hard-to-modulate brakes and complicated controls detract from its appeal, it's still a superb buy for those that can afford it.

Pros & Cons

  • Well-matched V8 engine and seven-speed transmission
  • Comfortable, sport-cruiser suspension
  • Power-retractable hard top looks good and works well
  • Comfortable seats provide support for long distances
  • Brakes take some getting used to
  • Cabin is difficult to enter and exit
  • Cabin technology has confusing layout and controls

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has a score of 8.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 31 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Overview

Though the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 550 roadster has the power to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a little over five seconds, its handling dynamics and comfortable cabin make it more of a sports tourer than a full-fledged sports car. The Kansas City Star calls the SL550 "a serious luxury sports cruiser capable of covering long distances without breathing hard."

Though this review only covers the SL550, the Mercedes Benz SL-Class also includes the high-performance SL55 AMG, SL600, and SL65 AMG.

  • It's "one of the sleekest-looking and best-performing luxury roadsters this side of a Ferrari." -- Forbes
  • "Don't test drive more SL than you can afford. Each variant is a sublime cruiser, top up or down. All offer way more grip, acceleration, braking, and sheer sybaritic pleasure than mere mortals are entitled to. So what's wrong with this latest one? This gimlet-eyed critic won't be able to afford one until it's 15 years old." -- Motor Trend
  • "For those with the money...this is a superior sports car." -- Boston Globe

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