New 2019 Mercedes‑Benz SLC Convertible
Mercedes‑Benz SLC Convertible
With its retractable hardtop and luxury interior, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster is the convertible for all seasons.
2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Pricing
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2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC KBB Expert Review
Great designs withstand the test of time, often lapsing into the realm of eternal classic. That’s the case with the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster. First conceived as the SLK back in 2011, the SLC hasn’t changed all that much. It remains a small, sporty 2-seat coupe powered by its rear wheels and touting a retractable hardtop. With a starting price around $50,000, the SLC300 is priced right, but against new competitors like the BMW Z4, Jaguar F-Type and Porsche 718 Boxster, the SLC lacks newer features such as the latest infotainment and driver assists. However, unlike all the above, its hardtop design makes the SLC a more practical car to live with, not to mention the safety and security that come from having a metal, rather than cloth, folding top.
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The Mercedes-Benz SLC300 for 2019 may not have the newest gadgets or design, but it is a solid, reliable 2-seat roadster offering abundant power and luxury plus the security of a retractable hardtop. Those seeking a more performance-oriented ride might consider the Mercedes-AMG SLC43, which is reviewed separately.
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From a technology standpoint, the SLC300 lags behind most of its competitors. When it comes to enthusiast-level performance and handling, the Porsche 718 Boxster, Jaguar F-Type and all-wheel-drive Audi TT are superior. A Nissan 370Z convertible offers V6 power and similar features for a lot less money.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC remains largely unchanged. New stand-alone optional equipment now includes a Harman Kardon audio system, an analog clock, blind-spot assist and Parktronic.
With a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine worth 241 ponies powering the rear wheels, Mercedes’ compact roadster gets up and moves swiftly. The SLC300’s 0-60-mph time is clocked at 5.8 seconds, which is still faster than most other cars on the road. The SLC doesn’t have the razor-sharp handling of a Porsche 718 Boxster, but it has the edge in overall comfort. As an everyday driver, we think the SLC is more livable. Moreover, the SLC’s driving characteristics can be modified with the press of a button. Five drive modes, ranging from eco-minded to comfort-oriented to the aggressive Sport Plus, change characteristics such as steering feel, throttle mapping and shift points. Speaking of, the latest SLC uses a 9-speed automatic transmission. While we’re still on the fence about some of today’s 9-speeds, those used by Mercedes are among the smoothest we’ve experienced.
Unlike its cloth soft-top rivals, the 2019 SLC 300 has a power-retractable hardtop that includes a built-in panorama glass roof. This feature allows sunlight into the cabin in the winter, without having to drop the top. A $2,500 Magic Sky Control option allows the glass to be either clear or opaque.
AIRSCARF & AIR GUIDES
One of our favorite features, the Airscarf system blows warm air through a vent in the headrest, keeping exposed skin warm on days when the air is brisk. The adjustable Air Guide deflectors that deflect air away from occupants further enhance the system.
One look inside the SLC300 and you’d never guess the design is nearly 10 years old. The supportive power-adjustable bucket seats can be covered in faux leather or real hides and made heated for cold-weather driving. There’s not a lot of headroom for taller drivers, but legroom is more than sufficient. However, time catches up to the SLC once you glance at the audio and climate controls that lack a large touch-screen interface and digital displays. Simple knobs and buttons suffice in this case, and many might find them preferable, especially with top down and bright sunlight filling the cabin. A rotary dial on the console controls most infotainment settings and just above is the small and somewhat awkward gear selector. Trunk space with the top in place is a respectable 10.1 cubit feet, but shrinks to just 6.4 cubic feet with the top retracted.
With the hardtop up, the 2019 SLC-Class looks a lot like a coupe, albeit a somewhat awkward one thanks to the cap-like way the roof sits over the passenger compartment. Still you'd be hard-pressed to tell it's actually a convertible unless you see it with the top down, and then you're in for more of a visual treat. Its long hood, short trunk and wide stance give the SLC that classic roadster look. That top retracts in only 20 seconds, too. At under 163 inches, the Mercedes SLC is tiny -- just a bit bigger than a Mazda MX-5 Miata -- which makes it a cinch to maneuver around town and easy to park in small spaces.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC300 includes a nice roster of standard features including power-operated seats with memory function, power-adjustable steering wheel, HomeLink universal garage remote, 17-inch wheels and panorama roof. The infotainment system includes a 7-inch display, dual USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and 8-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with HD Radio receiver. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are available as part of an options package or bundled together for an extra $350. The SLC’s safety systems include one that monitors for driver drowsiness, and another that can automatically apply the brakes if a collision appears imminent.
Notable Optional Equipment
In addition to the aforementioned Magic Sky Control roof, the SLC300 offers a number of options, most bundled into packages, but not all. The Premium Package, for example, includes the Airscarf neck-warmer, heated seats, blind-spot monitoring, dual-zone climate control and Keyless Go with infrared-remote roof control. The Multimedia package adds navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, and a system that helps you parallel park. Stand-alone options include the Harman Kardon Logic 7 sound system, a dash-top analog clock, an adjustable suspension, Parktronic park assists and blind-spot warning as well as 18- and 19-inch wheels.
Under the Hood
The Mercedes-Benz SLC300 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that puts out 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, sending it to the rear wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain provides a good blend of power and efficiency. It is strong enough to propel the SLC to 60 mph in less than six seconds while returning up to 32 mpg on the highway. If you’re looking for a more powerful SLC, you’ll probably want to step up to the V6 in the Mercedes-AMG SLC43, reviewed separately. Keep in mind that the Mercedes drinks the pricier premium unleaded gasoline.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
241 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 1,300-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32 mpg
Including destination charge, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC300 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $49,945. Loaded with all the options, an SLC can surpass $60,000. Still, even at these prices, Mercedes’ small roadster significantly undercuts the starting prices of the Porsche 718 Boxster and Jaguar F-Type. The Audi TT Roadster, meanwhile, starts at nearly the same price as the Mercedes SLC. The price of the BMW Z4 comes in just under $51,000, comparable to the SLC. Before buying your new luxury convertible, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. The Mercedes SLC’s resale value is expected to be only fair, trailing that of the Porsche Boxster and Audi TT.
Mercedes-Benz SLC Consumer Reviews
October 22, 2018
Most underrated car EVER
With matte paint, a strong engine, and daily driving availability - super underrated. Drives in hard rain - check. Has all the useful...
May 25, 2018
This is a great little car.
This car has a more comfortable ride than my C class. Powerful, stylish and fun to drive. Great acceleration. Trunk holds all the...
May 16, 2018
The car is a joy to drive with or without the top down. Hardtop is fantastic in creating a quiet ride. Average over 33 mpgs too, which...
April 20, 2018
Best compact luxury roadster
I have owned this vehicle for a little less than 6 months, and fell in love with its driving dynamics. Because of its lower center of...
December 21, 2017
Love the Car
Fun, fast, hugs the road, makes its driver smile. Great on a mountain road, or a winding 2 lane country road with the top up (or top...
January 19, 2017
Really fun to drive.
This car is a real hoot to drive. It has plenty of pep for a small 4 cyl. I have had the vehicle for about a year and have thoroughly...
January 07, 2016
Top down fun made easy
If you're looking for a great sports car with a retractable hard top, this is it. I have been very pleased with my SLK, it handles great...
May 31, 2015
Fun to drive, but a little noisier than expected
I bought an SLK 250 for my wife. She absolutely loves driving it, and she puts the top down every chance she gets. This car is an...
May 09, 2015
Best vehicle i ever owned, Better than the SL Great looking, Handles Great. Sound system and all instruments great, Very comfortable....
July 11, 2014
Best Sport Car with little compromise
This is the car to have combining the best in luxury, comfort and sportiness. It might not be as "tossable" as the Boxster but it is no...
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How does it compare?
|#1||2019 Chevrolet Camaro||455|
|#2||2019 BMW 2 Series||335|
|#3||2019 Nissan 370Z||332|
|#4||2019 Mercedes‑Benz SLC||241|
|#5||2019 Audi A3||228|
|#1||2019 Mercedes‑Benz SLC||27|
|#2||2019 Audi A3||25|
|#3||2019 BMW 2 Series||25|
|#4||2019 Nissan 370Z||21|
|#5||2019 Chevrolet Camaro||19|
|#1||2019 Audi A3||4.9 / 5|
|#2||2019 Nissan 370Z||4.8 / 5|
|#3||2019 BMW 2 Series||4.8 / 5|
|#4||2019 Mercedes‑Benz SLC||4.7 / 5|
|#5||2019 Chevrolet Camaro||4.2 / 5|