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Segment Sport Car
BodyType Convertible
Transmission AT
Capacity 2.0 L
Horsepower 187 - 248 PS
Seats 2
Road Tax Cost*
Insurance Cost*
Fuel Cost*

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  • Overview
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Features
  • Powertrain
  • Driving Performance
  • Ride Comfort
  • Fuel Consumption
  • Conclusion
  • Overview

    Mercedes-Benz SLC – Overview

    The Mercedes-Benz SLC changed the two-seat convertible landscape back in the mid-1990s, with the first-generation SLK. The key attribute was the folding metal roof that offered security and high levels of refinements, something appreciated in the tropics and our weather conditions.

    From 2016, Mercedes-Benz switched to the SLC naming, potentially allowing more models under the SLn line-up, a practice now seeing fruition with the GLn SUV naming (GLA to GLS). For the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia offered two variants initially – SLC 200 and SLC 300 AMG Line, priced at RM 376,351 and RM 442,388 respectively during the Zero-Rated GST tax-free holiday period of 2018. Original prices are some RM25,000 more.

    Meanwhile, the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 with all the performance and handling from the famed tuning brand arrived later and saw a hefty price tag of RM570,888, with the tax-free holiday reducing it by RM32,000. This price range puts it in direct competition with the usual suspects BMW Z4, Jaguar F-Type Convertible and the Porsche 718 Boxster. The Audi TT Roadster is also considered a rival.   

  • Exterior

    Mercedes-Benz SLC – Exterior

    The facelifted 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC changed the outlook of the front and rear of the original vehicle launched in 2011. Upfront, there are new, slimmer designed dual-projector LED headlights, with a redesigned diamond grille that is more steeply raked while the tinted tail lamps are slimmer, paired with a reworked bumper design with integrated exhaust tips.

    The bonnet has been reprofiled too. The Mercedes-Benz SLC 200 gets the Sport styling pack with a simple black diamond grille and silver louvres, 18-inch wheels, and a front bumper design with a full-width mesh pattern grille insert. Headlamps meanwhile are the LED High-Performance units.  

    On the front fenders, all Mercedes- Benz SLC models are fitted with a decorative fender vent. On the Mercedes-Benz SLC 300 AMG Line, it wears the AMG Line exterior pack with sportier front and rear bumpers, gloss black side mirrors, diamond pins with gloss black on the radiator grille and classic multispoke dual-tone AMG 18-inch wheels.

    The Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 meanwhile adds β€˜BITURBO’ emblems on the front fenders, red sports brake calipers and AMG aerokit that consists of a different front bumper, rear bumper and rear spoiler. Now we discuss the Mercedes-Benz SLC most important feature- the metal folding roof. 

    On all three variants, the multi-panel metal and glass folding roof is colour coordinated to the main body colour. The roof does its opening and closing sequence in 20 seconds each time and the procedure can continue at up to speeds of approx. 40 km/h.

    A feature that continues to be unique on the Mercedes-Benz SLC is the panoramic vario-roof with Magic Sky Control. The traditional pane where the roof is usually placed is now a large glass panel. This high-tech glass also has electrochromic properties, able to be transparent or dimmed at a touch of a button.

    With the roof folded, two roll-over hoops are exposed, decorated by silver panelling and a smooth tonneau cover. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has also equipped the SLC with the more premium Airguide built-in wind deflectors, which are well hidden behind the roll-over hoops. 

     Length  4,133 mm
     Width  1,810 mm
     Height  1,301 mm
     Wheelbase  2,430 mm


  • Interior

    Mercedes-Benz SLC – Interior


    Similar to all generations of Mercedes-Benz SLC/SLK, the dashboard is a simple T- shaped piece of furniture. During the 2016 facelift, almost the entire face of the interior has been upgraded, featuring the majority of new switchgear and steering wheel from the compact Mercedes-Benz A-Class. 

    Thanks to the new 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, a new shift-by-wire gear selector embossed with β€˜SLC’ logo is used. Being a convertible, all switches and air conditioning vents have been coated with a satin finish to portray a higher, premium-quality look. The operation switch for the opening and closing of the convertible metal folding roof is hidden under the armrest.

    Instrument cluster

    The driver’s instrument cluster in the Mercedes-Benz SLC is a throwback to classic sportscars with an analogue tachometer and speedometer. In the middle lies are fairly large full-coloured multi-information display measuring 4.5 inches. One can say it is directly lifted out of the compact A-Class and B-Class models.

    Space and practicality

    In terms of storage spaces, it is minimal in the interior. Large spaces are the under-armrest console box, the two cup holders with lid ahead and a little bag in between the seats. The ashtray is sufficient just for coins, while the door pockets, are just really pockets for small objects. An overhead sunglass storage box is still available, but the sunvisors are simplified.

    Like older Mercedes-Benz models, there is a storage net available for use for the passenger, affixed to the lower centre console. Boot space when the convertible of the Mercedes-Benz SLC positioned up is rated at 335 litres, one of the largest in the segment. It then reduces to a numerical value of 225 litres when the roof mechanism takes up space. However, practical space is limited to just two overnight soft bags, as the access space is also severely limited. 

  • Features

    Mercedes-Benz SLC – Features

    Safety features

    The Mercedes-Benz SLC protects the two occupants via 4 airbags. Similar to all other convertibles, there are roll-over hoops behind the headrests of both seats. In terms of advanced driver assistance systems, the Mercedes-Benz SLC gets Pre-Safe, reverse camera, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and Active Brake Assist.

    Comfort features

    For the Malaysian variants, the Mercedes-Benz SLC 200 comes in a black interior with red highlights and even red seatbelts. The SLC 300 AMG Line gets Nappa leather and can be in black or brown but minus the red stitches and only β€˜boring’ black seatbelts.

    The Mercedes-Benz SLC 300 AMG Line also gets dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, Keyless-GO entry and start, and gloss black interior trim panels, replacing the silver weave pattern found in the SLC 200 variant. Both seats are power-adjustable with memory function. With the Keyless-GO key, you can also raise or lower the metal folding roof from the keyfob to impress your friends and prepare the Mercedes-Benz SLC for the next adventure.


    All variants of the Mercedes-Benz SLC feature the relatively dated 7-inch infotainment system with Audio 20 performance level and Garmin Map Pilot navigation. However, if you are a fan of physical buttons, this is a gem! It has shortcut keys that include Radio, Media, Navi and Car settings. There is even a slot for DVD/CDs plus a 12-button numeric keypad for telephone dialling.

    You still select the content on the screen via the multi-axis dial commander and not via touch. In the Mercedes-Benz SLC 300, the audio system features a Harman Kardon system that features 10 loudspeakers and a 500-watt DSP amplifier. Sound logic is also well designed to deliver the best sound when the roof is positioned down. 

  • Powertrain

    Mercedes-Benz SLC – Powertrain


    The Mercedes-Benz SLC has a wide range of powertrains, surprising given how niche the segment is. Starting with the Mercedes-Benz SLC 200, the convertible is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, with outputs of 184 PS/300 Nm. 

    Meanwhile, the engine displacing the same 2.0 litres in the SLC 300 AMG Line makes 245 PS/370 Nm.
    Mercedes-Benz Malaysia also introduced the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43, equipped with the much-loved bi-turbocharged 3.0-litre engine offering 367 PS and 520 Nm.


    Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission for all engine variants, even the SLC 43.


    All variants of the Mercedes-Benz SLC comes with the Agility Control passive-adaptive damping sports-tuned suspension that passively adjusts to the road conditions. There is no manual control of the damping firmness. However, the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is properly tuned to handle the additional weight and output of the 367 PS and 520 Nm of torque. 

    The suspension comes with AMG-specific front and rear axles with AMG Sports suspension, engine mounts as well as rear differential. There is also an Individual mode to alter the damping firmness in the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43.


    Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can manually cycle through the transmission via the steering wheel shift paddles. 

  • Driving Performance

    Mercedes-Benz SLC – Driving Performance

    Engine performance

    The Mercedes-Benz SLC 200 with 184 PS/300 Nm completes the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 6.9 seconds, while the more powerful SLC 300 AMG Line with 245 PS/370 Nm stops the stopwatch at 5.8 seconds. The top speed is 237 km/h for the lower engine output, while the SLC 300 is limited to 250 km/h.

    As expected, both engine performances are reflective of their output values, with the SLC 300 more responsive thanks to the increase in torque, especially noticeable at mid-range such as overtaking or merging. The SLC 200 takes off with ease too, with the transmission keeping the engine in the right powerband for a responsive drive.

    The SLC 200 is anything but underpowered. As for the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43, the numbers already tell a great story, with 0 to 100 km/h sprint completed in just 4.7 seconds. The engine also feels very pleasant around town, like a large capacity engine rather than a high-strung unit.

    Full throttle with the roof down, the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is probably the best Mercedes-Benz to enjoy the melodic V6 engine. Exhaust burbles and pops also accompany during downshifting.

    Transmission performance

    The transmission has nine ratios, with the first to second shifts being unnoticeable. The shifts of the Mercedes-Benz SLC 9-Gtronic transmission are smooth and well-calibrated to the intention of the driver of either on a highway cruise or needing extra power for acceleration such as overtaking.

    However, there are certain conditions when the powertrain simply does not feel as punchy and responsive, something the BMW models seem to have the upper hand.

    Steering and handling

    The dynamism of the Mercedes-Benz SLC is similar to something like a C-Class, but slightly sportier thanks to the shorter wheelbase and lower height. It is however still behind the BMW Z4. In terms of pure driver engagement, the Mercedes-Benz SLC does not deliver, with the stiffer sports suspension just reducing body roll but does not offer more precision nor agility.

    The Dynamic Select function allows for a choice of driving modes from comfort to sport and even a setup for Individual configuration of the steering, engine and transmission response, with the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 adding suspension value in the mix.   

  • Ride Comfort

    Mercedes-Benz SLC – Ride Comfort


    The soundproofing of the Mercedes-Benz SLC is great, in fact, better than the opposition. Calmness during top-down motoring is something very well accomplished in this convertible.

    Passenger comfort

    Equipped with sports suspension, the ride is hard and can be uncomfortable on poor patches of road.
    With the metal roof folded, driving over rough roads does rattle some mechanisms which can be heard.

  • Fuel Consumption

    Mercedes-Benz SLC – Fuel Economy

    The fuel consumption of the Mercedes-Benz SLC is rated at 5.8 litres per 100 km (17.2 km/L) for both the SLC 200 and SLC 300. The Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 with the bi-turbo V6 meanwhile registers 7.8 litres per 100 km (12.8 km/L). 

  • Conclusion

    Mercedes-Benz SLC – Conclusion

    The outgoing third-generation Mercedes-Benz SLC dates back to 2011, and the instrumentation and switchgear feel as such. It certainly looks good but compared to the BMW Z4, it is akin to comparing an old C-Class with the current 3 Series- they are miles apart.

    Looking at the Mercedes-Benz SLC in isolation it serves its purpose well, especially in AMG Line with sporty looks and better than average performance. We also like its timeless exterior design that certainly looks even better than the updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe- it has a very strange rear quarter profile.

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    Here are the Instrument Cluster and variants of Mercedes-Benz SLC:

    Variants2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC SLC 2002018 Mercedes-Benz SLC SLC 300
    Instrument ClusterElectroluminescent AnalogueElectroluminescent Analogue
  • What is the Paddle Shift of Mercedes-Benz SLC?

    Here are the Paddle Shift and variants of Mercedes-Benz SLC:

    Variants2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC SLC 300
    Paddle ShiftY
  • What is the Multi-function Steering Wheel of Mercedes-Benz SLC?

    Here are the Multi-function Steering Wheel and variants of Mercedes-Benz SLC:

    Variants2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC SLC 2002018 Mercedes-Benz SLC SLC 300
    Multi-function Steering WheelYY
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