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MERCEDES-BENZ SLC ROADSTER SPECIAL EDITION

SLC 200 Final Edition Premium 2dr 9G-Tronic

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The SLC 200 version of Mercedes' baby roadster piles on the tech and cuts a more masculine dash. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Background

This car has quite a job on its hands, tasked with changing a whole buying demographic. Previous generations of the SLK model that this SLC range replaced have traditionally been bought by undemanding, style-conscious older female buyers who wanted and could afford something nicer than metal folding roof cabrio versions of family hatchbacks like Peugeot's 308 or Renault's Megane. Keeping these customers while simultaneously appealing to the mostly male-orientated market that would usually opt for a sharper handling rival like an Audi TT Roadster, a BMW Z4 or a Porsche Boxster was never going to be easy. But Mercedes is never a brand to shirk a challenge. With this car, they aim to keep the fashionistas loyal with an opulent, more spacious cabin and the option of a 'Magic Sky Control' roof that enables drivers to switch from light to dark at the touch of a button as they cruise along the Kings Road. Enthusiasts meanwhile, get classic looks borrowed from the iconic 190SL of the Fifties and a clever 'Dynamic Select' handling package that enabes the drive characteristics to be altered at the touch of a button. As for the engine in this SLC 200 petrol model, well it's a willing 184bhp 2.0-litre unit. The signs are good.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, this SLC 200 offers 184bhp and uses much the same 1,991cc petrol engine as the 245bhp SLC 300 variant. We think that for most buyers, this '200' model will be quite sufficient, getting to 62mph in 7.0s en route to 149mph. This variant is fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The brand's latest sport/comfort-oriented 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is available for these models as an option. Mercedes thinks that a big SLC selling point will be its 'DYNAMIC SELECT' vehicle dynamics system, one of those that enables you to alter your car's engine, transmission, steering and suspension characteristics at the touch of a button. The five modes - 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport+', 'Eco' and 'Individual' are easy to select using the DYNAMIC SELECT button in the upper control panel on the dashboard console. The selected mode is shown on the colour multifunction display and also appears as a pop-up message on the head unit display. DYNAMIC SELECT is a standard feature in the SLC 300 and SLC 250d but it's optional on this SLC 200 variant.

Design and Build

As part of the facelift that's transformed the SLK into this SLC model, the Mercedes-Benz designers have tried to further hone this roadster's sporty look. There's a re-styled front section that sees the steeply raked diamond radiator grille elongate the appearance of the arrow-shaped bonnet. In addition, there's a bumper which features striking air intakes, dynamically modelled contours and high-quality chrome trim at the lower edge, along with distinctive headlights incorporating LED daytime running lamps, plus there's the option of an LED Intelligent Light System. The side view of the SLC reveals the typical features of a roadster, with a long bonnet, a passenger compartment that is set back and a short rear. The silhouette is defined by a variety of things; the gently rising beltline, the sweeping curve of the roof, the powerfully moulded wheel arches, sporty 16 to 18-inch light-alloy wheels and the ventilation grilles in the front wing. Inside, Mercedes has tried to give the cabin a higher quality feel, with extra flashes of aluminium and carbonfibre, plus electroplated control elements for the electrically adjustable seats and gearshift paddles. The instrument cluster looks smarter too, with the tubular instrument surrounds now featuring black dials and red needles. A large, multifunction, colour TFT display with a 4.5-inch screen sits between the two dials, with a black-dialled analogue clock available as an option. The main central infotainment display between the two ventilation outlets in the centre console goes up in size from 5.8 to 7 inches. There's also a smarter flat-bottomed steering wheel trimmed with DINAMICA microfibre. As with the SLK, you get an electrically-operated panoramic folding hard-top vario-roof that you can operate at speeds of up to 25mph. This can come with a 'MAGIC SKY CONTROL' option allowing you to lighten or darken the glass top at the touch of a button. Plus we'd also want to pay extra for the 'AIRSCARF' neck-level heating system. The 335-litre boot continues to be the biggest in the segment.

Market and Model

Prices haven't changed much over those of the SLK, which means that most SLC sales will continue to be made in the £35,000 to £55,000 bracket, though pricing for this SLC 200 starts at around £30,000. Equipment levels are much as before, though it is worth pointing out that the Audio 20 entertainment system can be combined with a Garmin MAPPILOT navigation system. If you want to go further, Mercedes' full-house COMMAND Online infotainment system is available as an option, complete with hard disc navigation, a DVD player, internet access, internet radio, Bluetooth connectivity, LINGUATRONIC voice control, an EMERGENCY Call service and an Integral Media Interface for your iPod or iPhone. Standard equipment on the SLC includes smart features such as Airguide. What's this? Well, rather than the clumsy mesh draught stoppers that some convertibles opt for, Mercedes-Benz aerodynamics engineers have developed a pair of pivoting transparent plastic 'petals' which are attached to the reverse of the roll-over bars. The driver or passenger can rotate them from their stowed position behind the head rest to their 'active' position and cut draughts in a flash. Onto safety. Amid the sea of standard safety features are two of particular note. The drowsiness detection system Attention Assist warns the driver to take a break when they have been driving too long or their driving patterns change. Pre-Safe uses radar to detect an impending collision and primes the brakes, seatbelts and airbags. The optional Pre-Safe Brake system takes things one step further and automatically applies the brakes if the car detects that its' about to run into the back of something.

Cost of Ownership

The SLC's SLK predecessor always did well here thanks to its beefy residual values propping up what was often a not inconsequential price tag. In latter years, fuel and emissions taxation have become a far bigger part of the annual financial equation for most owners, so Mercedes has in recent years worked hard to driving down the costs of day to day ownership. Take this SLC 200. Even when paired with an automatic gearbox it will still return a combined fuel economy figure of 47.9mpg on the combined cycle, along with 137g/km of CO2. Step up to the SLC 300 and you'll hardly be penalised for the power advantage, this model eking an impressive 47.1mpg and 138g/km of CO2 in its sole auto form. As you'd expect, both these variants lag behind the economy champion of the range, the SLC 250d, which manages 70.6mpg and 114g/km.

Summary

Back in 1996, the Mercedes SLK re-invented the coupe-cabriolet concept for the modern age. In many ways, with this SLC, it still does. According to SLC wisdom, a roadster needn't be uncomfortable to drive in town or on long trips. It need cost no more than a family hatchback to run. It can make you feel at one with the elements even when the roof's up. And when you can go al fresco, the coldest day can feel as warm as it would be were the top to be closed. These are all attributes that rivals struggle to match, even if some of them might be cheaper or sharper to drive. Here then is a car from a brand that perfectly understands its target audience. A car that's become more finely attuned to its market than ever before. A car offering a level of engine efficiency and technology that makes many of its rivals seem from a prior generation. If you believed that the two-seat roadster was becoming a selfish and irresponsible indulgence, Mercedes clearly thinks it can persuade you otherwise.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency42.20mpg
Emissions
Emissions173.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed147mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 7-inch high-resolution TFT colour display
  • Attention assist
  • Bluetooth interface with HD voice capable hands free function and audio streaming for playing music files
  • Chequered flag design instrument cluster
  • COMAND online system
  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter and steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Garmin Map Pilot navigation system with SD card, touchpad and voice control
  • Mercedes connect me with remote online services
  • Outside temperature display
  • Parktronic with parking guidance
  • Power assist steering
  • Remote boot release
  • Reversing camera
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • Audio 20 radio/CD/MP3 player with 4 speakers and telephone keypad
  • Central controller dial to operate audio functions and telephone
  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Media interface port for iPod or iPhone
  • Two USB ports in centre console

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Airguide wind deflectors
  • AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side skirts
  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • Black door handles
  • Black door mirrors
  • Door sill panels with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Electric windows
  • Electro hydraulic vario roof
  • Intelligent LED headlamps system with adaptive high beam assist, headlight washers, cornering function and daytime running lamps
  • LED tail lamps/brake lamps and indicators
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Roll over bars with aluminium inserts
  • Tinted fixed panoramic glass sunroof

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke flat bottom multi-function nappa leather sport steering wheel with touch control buttons
  • Air conditioning
  • Airscarf - neck level heating
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Crash responsive head restraints
  • Cupholders in centre console and bottle holder in passenger footwell
  • Driver and front passenger sports seats
  • First Edition carpet mats
  • Front centre armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • Independently lockable glove compartment stowage
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Nappa leather/Dinamica upholstery
  • Seats with height adjusters

Packs

  • Memory pack - SLC
  • Mirror Pack - SLC

Safety

  • Acceleration skid control
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure
  • Active brake assist
  • Adaptive brake system with hold function
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Brake pad wear warning indicator
  • Driver and passenger head and side airbags
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Perforated front brake discs and brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering
  • Roll over protection
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Sports suspension tuned for improved handling and driving dynamics, lowered by 10 mm

Trim

  • Light carbon grain aluminium trim

Wheels

  • 18" AMG 5 spoke alloy wheels in titanium grey with high sheen finish
  • Tyre sealant kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    153
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    70
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    173

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1991
  • Compression Ratio
    9.8:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    9 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    42.2
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    50.4
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    32.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    10.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    7.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    26.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    36.7

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    184
  • Based On ID
    73858
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Final Edn Premium
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    45E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    184
  • Engine Power - KW
    135
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    221
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    30.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    300
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1200
  • Top Speed
    147

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    245/35 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1301
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4133
  • Wheelbase
    2430
  • Width
    1810
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2006

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    70
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1795
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    225
  • Max. Loading Weight
    315
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1480
  • No. of Seats
    2
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.52
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Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

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