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2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class Interior Review

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Interior: 7.8

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC has a luxurious, if somewhat dated, interior design. The infotainment system could also benefit from an update. The seats are comfortable and there’s a solid amount of cargo space, though.

  • "By current standards, the SLC's materials and construction miss the target by a considerable margin. We expect higher interior quality for a Mercedes." -- Edmunds
  • "Mercedes-Benz is a luxury-car maker, so it's no surprise that's the biggest strength of the … SLC." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The designers could have dug deeper to make the SLC43's exterior look more special, but the interior feels rightly intense, with sport seats, a contoured sport steering wheel, and AMG instruments with a race timer. Soft nappa leather and microfiber optionally covers most surfaces, punctuated by red stitching and red trim." -- Car and Driver (2017)

Seating

The Mercedes-Benz SLC seats two on standard synthetic leather upholstery. Power-adjustable seats are also standard. Options include genuine leather, premium Nappa or designo Nappa leather upholstery, heated seats, and the Mercedes Airscarf vent system. There are no LATCH child-seat connectors in the SLC.

The seats in the SLC are both comfortable and well-bolstered with plenty of side support. Taller drivers may feel a little cramped, since the driver’s seat is set a little high.

  • The well-shaped seats are comfortable for hours at a time, but in warm weather they can be rather stifling. Ventilated seats are not available. The side bolstering is substantial enough to keep you firmly in place while cornering but not enough to be confining" -- 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 (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC include a panoramic roof and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display, Bluetooth, and HD Radio. A rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, and driver drowsiness monitoring are also standard.

Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo. Optional active safety features include blind spot monitoring, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, parking sensors, automatic parking assist, and Mercedes' Pre-Safe feature.

The COMAND infotainment system is a little outdated, but it’s straightforward and responds quickly to user inputs. Controls for audio and climate settings are clearly labeled and easy to reach.

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  • This old-style Benz has a lot of buttons and a small infotainment screen. The primary controls are fairly easy to use, but other systems are somewhat difficult to find and operate. The black plastic buttons are well-labeled, but the silver buttons are tough to read in daylight. … You'll find a small display and Mercedes' outdated interface. This old version of the COMAND infotainment system isn't as intuitive as the latest iterations, but it is reliable and responsive." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)

Cargo

The Mercedes-Benz SLC has 10.1 cubic feet of trunk space with its hardtop up, and 6.4 cubic feet of space when the roof is down. The SLC’s cargo volume is decent for a small two-seater.

  • The trunk isn't generous, but that's expected of a folding hardtop convertible. There's enough luggage space for a couple's weekend getaway with the top up. With the top down, only a single carry-on suitcase will fit so pack light." -- Edmunds
  • "With the roof up, trunk space checks in at a respectable 10.1 cubic feet, while lowering it down reduces room to 6.4 cubes." -- Left Lane News (2018)
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