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2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Interior Review


Interior: 8.3

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL has a great-looking, elegant yet understated interior. High-quality materials cover every surface, and it boasts deliciously comfortable seats and plenty of tech features, including an infotainment system that's easy to use once you get the hang of it. Cargo space is good for the class. On the downside, some wind and road noise intrude into the cabin.

  • "The interior design is handsome rather than adventurous. Aside from the artistic touches on the seats, the cabin shows restraint. Build quality is outstanding. And although the cabin controls are all parts-bin pieces, they work well." -- Edmunds
  • "Plush, well assembled, and easy to use, the SL's cabin is a pleasant place for two—even if it doesn't feel quite as special or modern as the interior of some of the newer Mercedes-Benz models." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "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 (2017)


The SL seats two people. Leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable seats come standard. Available amenities include upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated and massaging seats, and Airscarf – a neck-level heating vent designed to keep you warm while the convertible top is down.

Though it's a two-seater, the SL provides plenty of head- and legroom, even for tall people. It's easy to get in and out of the car, and the seats are fantastically comfortable, especially with some of the available upgrades. The only negative is that the cabin isn't well-insulated from outside noise.

  • "The front seats are mounted low, as you'd expect in a sporty two-door, but are reasonably easy to get into and out of. They're highly adjustable, comfortable, and have plenty of space." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the SL include a power-retractable hardtop (which can lower when the car is moving at speeds of up to 25 mph), a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, Mercedes' Pre-Safe, and Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, which includes a 12.3-inch display screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

Available features include front and rear parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular park assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, Pre-Safe Plus, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Magic Sky Control, which electronically adjusts the tint for the panoramic center roof panel.

The COMAND infotainment system works well once you get the hang of it, but it's not as user-friendly as many rival systems. Some competitors also have larger display screens (and touch screens), but this Mercedes' screen still gets the job done.

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  • Mercedes-Benz's COMAND system is easy to operate and incorporates the requisite connectivity features. The only demerit is a small (7.0 inch) display screen." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "... 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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)


The Mercedes-Benz SL offers 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up and 8.5 cubic feet with it lowered. Most luxury sports cars don't offer this much space. Even with the top down, the SL gives you more trunk room than some competitors. There's also a decent amount of cabin storage space. A hands-free power trunk lid is available.

  • Trunk space is compromised by the stowed roof, but a cargo separator automatically deploys when dropping the top in order to define luggage space from roof storage space. With the roof raised, the SL provides a large trunk and there's enough cabin storage to be practical. The bonus space behind the seats helps a lot." -- Edmunds
  • "The SL has a large trunk for a roadster, and cleverly placed storage compartments abound inside the cabin." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "… 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 (2017)
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