Mercedes-Benz SL550 Convertible (2013): Full Review – Part 2

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 4:36:42 by

With the top up, that cover can be shifted out of the way to increase storage space, but you won’t be able to drop the top until it is replaced. Even getting into the trunk with the top down is a dramatic affair, requiring that the trunklid lift and then the folded roof and rear glass panels be automatically lifted out of the way. Finally, the storage compartment cover must be lifted, manually, out of the way before you’re given access to the trunk. That’s a lot of moving parts just to toss your gym bag in the boot, but these steps are necessary for that increased top-up cargo space.

The SL’s cabin is anything but cramped, with more than enough space for two very tall adults. Seat adjustments are motorized, as is the steering-wheel adjustment, with three memory positions and an Easy Exit mode that automatically slides the seat back and retracts and lifts the steering wheel when you open the door of the stopped Roadster.

A small parcel shelf and a pair of storage compartments accomodate any man bags, purses, or other odds and ends that you don’t want flying away when the top drops. This is a trivial nitpick, but the cupholders are located so far back on the center console that this car might as well not even have them. I’d recommend a “No drinking in the Benz” rule, but I may just be overprotective of this $105,500 toy.

The SL Roadster comes packed with a number of features that make open-air motoring a pleasant experience, even during one of San Francisco’s chilly, foggy mornings. A motorized windscreen can be raised to reduce buffeting at freeway speeds; Mercedes’ Air Scarf system blows warm air onto the passengers’ necks from the headrests to cut the chill; the automatic climate controls adjust automatically for top-down motoring; and heated and ventilated seating surfaces gently warm or cool your bottom and back.

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