2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class Interior Review

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

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

Though it’s a new model, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC’s cabin already feels a little stale because there are few changes from the interior look of the SLK, which the SLC replaces. Still, this is a Mercedes, and the SLC delivers the premium look and feel that most people associate with the brand.

The SLC’s seats are comfortable, but taller drivers will wish for more room; the cabin is on the snug side, even by roadster standards. There are plenty of available tech features, including several driver assistance options, and the user-friendly audio and climate controls make it easy to feel at home in the SLC. Though roadsters aren’t known for their spacious trunks, the SLC provides a respectable amount of cargo space, at least when the top is up.

  • "Whichever SLC you choose, you'll appreciate the car's cabin, which wouldn't look out of place in more expensive Mercedes sedans, and its grand-touring-style ride comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "The SLC's cabin is virtually unchanged from that of the SLK, where it has appeared dated for some time. The most significant change is its flat-bottom steering wheel, while black-faced primary gauges, a TFT driver-information screen, and a 7.0-inch infotainment screen round out the functional updates. Contrast stitching and elegant silver buttons and switches are less functional, but they're appreciated. A variable-tint glass roof remains an option for those seeking to brighten the cabin, but if you need it brighter still, the retractable hardtop disappears under the decklid at speeds up to 25 mph." -- Car and Driver
  • "Mercedes-Benz is a luxury-car maker, so it's no surprise that's the biggest strength of the 2017 SLC." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

The SLC is a two-seat roadster that comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable sport seats. Leather upholstery, premium Nappa leather upholstery, heated seats, and Mercedes' Airscarf neck-warmer system are available. Though few people expect a two-seater to provide spacious accommodations, the SLC will still disappoint some drivers with its overly cozy interior. However, the seats are comfortable, and the upholstery has the look and feel you expect from a luxury car. With just two seats, the SLC does not provide LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

  • "The main interior drawback for the SLC is that it's quite snug, even by compact roadster standards. The Z4, for example, gives larger drivers more room." -- Edmunds
  • "Whether covered in MB-Tex faux leather or real hides, the seats are comfortable, even though there's not a lot of room for taller drivers." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Standard features in the SLC include a retractable hardtop with a panoramic glass roof, mbrace Connect, Bluetooth audio streaming, two USB ports, HD Radio, and a 7-inch display screen.

Available features include a panoramic roof with Magic Sky Control, dual-zone climate control, three additional mbrace packages, push-button start, an 11-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, an in-dash DVD/CD player, Bluetooth phone connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and the COMAND navigation system with a 7-inch screen.

There are plenty of active safety features as well. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, and active brake assist, which automatically helps you apply the ideal amount of braking pressure. Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, Pre-Safe, and park assist with front and rear parking sensors.

The SLC doesn’t have an especially long standard features list, particularly for a luxury vehicle, but the available features hit all the expected notes. One of the SLC's most interesting features is the available Magic Sky Control, which can alter the transparency of the panoramic roof by using electrical currents to make it lighter or darker. Additionally, the audio and climate controls are easy to reach and use from the driver’s seat.

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  • "Audio and climate controls are as easily accessed as they are easy to use, and we love the satisfying tactile quality of the knobs and switches." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The SLC has 10.1 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up. That's not an outstanding total, but it's decent for a roadster. However, with the top down, trunk space drops to just 6.4 cubic feet. That's only enough room for about four grocery bags, so if you need to haul more than that, you'll have to leave the top up.

  • "On the bright side, the trunk is surprisingly accommodating for a two-door car whether the roof is up (10.1 cubic feet) or down (a still useful 6.4 cubic feet)." -- Edmunds

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