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2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.5

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL earns praise for its first-class cabin materials and impressive fit and finish. Its seats are highly adjustable and provide excellent long-haul comfort, while its interior is remarkably airy for a two-seat roadster. Headroom and legroom are ample. Trunk space is good for a convertible in the class. While the SL’s exterior received a restyling for 2017, its interior remains relatively unchanged. That’s not a knock against the SL, but it’s just not as up-to-the-minute as some of its competitors.

  • "Materials quality is excellent throughout the cabin, meeting expectations for a car in this lofty price range." -- Edmunds
  • "A beautiful and beautifully built interior has always been an important part of the Mercedes-Benz SL's appeal. For 2017, top-notch materials and exacting construction exceed even the highest expectations." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Modifications to the interior are kept to a minimum, a fine approach as there were few reasons to complain about the previous SL's cabin. New dials debut for the instruments and new infotainment display surrounds enhance the still-fresh and ergonomically correct cockpit." -- New York Daily News

Seating

The two-seat Mercedes-Benz SL comes with leather upholstery, as well as heated and power-adjustable seats. Available features include upgraded leather upholstery options, ventilated and massaging seats, and Airscarf – a neck-level heating vent, designed to keep you warm while the convertible top is open. Unlike most two-seat convertibles, the Mercedes-Benz SL offers plenty of headroom and legroom, and its seats are very adjustable and supportive.

  • "Seat comfort is almost sinful. And the new SL is the rare 2-seat roadster for tall adults. Even with the hardtop roof in place, there's ample head- and legroom for 6-footers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "This car is a two-seater, but the interior is airy and spacious, there is space behind the seats for bags, and there are more cup holders than you'll need." -- New York Daily News
  • "Taller and larger drivers will find an abundance of space, and the wide range of seat adjustments ensure that virtually all occupants will find their ideal position. The multi-contour seats (standard on the SL550 and above) further enhance comfort with adjustable side bolsters for lateral support and massage functions to alleviate fatigue on longer drives." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL comes standard with a power-retractable hardtop, a 7-inch display screen, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, navigation, real-time traffic alerts, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

Available features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, a self-parking system, blind spot monitoring, driver drowsiness alert, soft-closing doors, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, and Magic Sky Control (a moonroof with electronically adjustable tint).

The COMAND system isn’t the most user-friendly infotainment system out there, but it becomes much easier to use with practice. That said, you will still have to work your way through several menus to access some regularly used features. BMW’s iDrive and Audi’s MMI systems are generally more intuitive.

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  • "... the dashboard-mounted LCD is rather small for a luxury car, especially compared with the dual wide LCDs in the dash of the S-Class. With limited time in the SL, I didn't delve deeply into the infotainment system, but what I saw was standard Mercedes-Benz fare. In this regard, I find the electronics lag behind those of BMW and Audi. As a saving grace, the SL supports Apple CarPlay, a much better option than most of the car's native electronics." -- CNET
  • The million-menu-march of the infotainment system on this aging platform is complicated but fine once you get to know it." -- Car and Driver
  • As with other Mercedes vehicles, the COMAND infotainment system takes a little time to get acquainted with, but after a short while the menu structure begins to make sense." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL offers 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up and 8.5 cubic feet with it lowered. Overall, this cargo space is good for a convertible in this class.

A hands-free trunk feature is available that lets you swipe your foot below the rear bumper to open the lid. There's good space for a weekend's worth of luggage in the trunk and decent room for storing items behind the front seats, but interior small-item storage space is limited.

  • "… there's plenty of storage space, with 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up. That's enough for two golf bags." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "For items you'd prefer to keep close at hand there's also a good amount of storage space behind the seats. One practical touch is the trunk's power opener that can be activated even if your hands are full simply by waving your foot beneath the rear bumper." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • The trunk can reasonably accommodate a weekend's worth of soft luggage for two with the top down. Interior storage is fairly modest. The glovebox is on the small side, as are the door pockets, though the latter are larger than on the outgoing SL. The center console extends the length of the cabin and is divided into two parts. It's not very deep, and accessing the rear compartment requires an awkward reach." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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