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2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class KBB Expert Review
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has long offered outstanding performance, style, luxury and comfort. Those attributes will only get better for the 2012 SL-Class. With its excellent retractable hard top, which automatically opens or closes in just 16 seconds, the 2012 SL-Class provides both quiet coupe-like driving and open-air motoring. This makes the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class is one of the most versatile
convertibles on the market.
You'll Like This Car If...
2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class still has a knack for turning heads. The 2012 SL-Class remains a classic choice for well-to-do consumers who wish to flaunt their wealth by driving a world-class convertible tourer.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class isn't cheap by any means. Even the base 2012 SL-Class commands a price that's thousands of dollars more than its closest competitors.
What's New for 2012
With Mercedes' flagship SL-Class nearing the end of its current (and famously long) model generation, changes are minimal for 2012. The only change is the discontinuation of V12-powered models.
While it's far from a lightweight sports car, the SL-Class provides an enjoyably sharp driving experience. Steering, braking and handling are all beautifully precise and up to the task of handling both aggressive driving and emergency maneuvers. That's thanks largely to the impressive level of engineering that went into the chassis and suspension, but also due to the unseen arsenal of computer driving aids. Active Body Control works to level the vehicle in sharp turns and can deploy an integrated rollover protection system in the event of an imminent rollover. With 382 horsepower in standard trim, the SL-Class is both powerful and refined.
The retractable hardtop works flawlessly and, when in place, offers a cabin that is as handsomely appointed inside as any Mercedes coupe.
Panorama Glass Panel Top
The available panorama glass panel top puts a unique twist on the retractable hardtop.
The cabin of the 2012 SL-Class offers all of the high-quality materials and technological wizardry we've come to expect from a top-level Mercedes vehicle. Nearly everything inside is automated in one form or another and can often be customized to fit the driver's preference. That said, some of the systems, particularly the COMAND interface, can be counter-intuitive and time-consuming to learn. With the folding hard top open, the trunk offers seven cubic feet of cargo space.
The 2012 SL-Class has a classic sports car aesthetic, thanks to proportions borrowed from the hallowed halls of historical automotive design. The SL pays tribute to many of the most beautiful sports
coupes and convertibles ever created, thanks to its long nose and short trunk deck. Unlike many retractable hard-top vehicles, the 2012 SL-Class looks as beautiful with its top in place as it does with it stowed. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class remains one of the most attractive vehicles in the Silver Arrow family.
Notable Standard Equipment
Even in base trim, the SL-Class comes loaded with plenty of standard gear. Buyers will find dual-zone climate control, an illuminated keyless entry fob, hard-drive-based navigation and an excellent 510-watt sound system. In addition, every SL-Class comes with a number of standard safety features, including an automatic rollover protection system and frontal and side-impact air bags.
Notable Optional Equipment
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL550 is available with a trim package that includes leather and wood accents throughout the cabin. Another option package includes keyless start, excellent ventilated seats and an electronic trunk closer. Other options include a wheel package, automatic cruise control and Parktronic park assist.
Under the Hood
The standard 2012 SL550's 382-horsepower 5.5-liter V8 provides more than enough power and fun for nearly any driver. Speed freaks, thrill seekers and millionaires will no doubt opt for the supercharged SL63 AMG, which offers 518 horsepower thanks to its 6.2 liters of roaring, AMG-tuned V8 power.
382 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
391 lb-ft of torque @ 2,800-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/22
6.2-liter V8 Supercharged
518 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
465 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/19
The least-expensive 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, the SL550 starts just shy of $105,000. Adding any options to the vehicle will see that number quickly increase. Those with the means to opt up to the 2012 SL63 AMG can expect to see an entry price of $140,440. As always, you should check out kbb.com's Fair Purchase Price, to see what SL buyers in your area paying for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class convertibles.
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Consumer Reviews
November 22, 2018
Defentaly a car to have
Very well put together from, true German engineering!
June 11, 2018
Much better than my 1996 SL500!
The Sl550 has been a great car. Fast enough, handles well, and the premium seats are terrific for long drives. MPG is decent, 25-26...
September 20, 2017
Gets better with age.
I bought the car from the dealer as a 35000 mile CPO car. It was my weekend car. I eventually sold my other 2 vehicles and kept my 2004...
April 26, 2017
All smiles all MB SL500, SL550, SL600, cheap now.
I have had SLs in my family since I was 8. Now in my midlife I can say they are a swell. Only other car I like more are Porsche. We have...
December 08, 2015
assuring, alluring and intriguing
a wonderful and fulfilling car at so many levels.
July 07, 2015
Just overall awsome
Out of the SL line up this is the performer. With AMG designed 6.2 Liter engine and 7300 red line there is no turbo lag. The ABC keeps...
June 16, 2015
best car 1 owner always garaged
Finally a SL that fits and is cmfortable.
June 05, 2015
Very difficult to imagine ever giving it up.
This car leaves nothing to be desired in comfort, driving fun or convenience. It checks every box, well -- with the sole exception of...
May 06, 2015
SL500 performance and ride are second to none. Highway cruising is relaxing and acceleration is beautiful in passing lane. In town the...
April 29, 2015
I am old, but I am FAST!
I have owned a lot of exotics. This is the only one that is everyday driving friendly. Actually I have to laugh as it only has 11,600...