2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC43

Pros: Invigorating acceleration, particularly with top-line SLC43 model; crisp handling; higher-class build quality, materials, and comfort than most two-seat sports-car contenders

Cons: High base prices escalate quickly with options; ride can become stiff over sharp bumps

CG Says: The 2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class is unchanged for 2018. The SLC is a premium sporty/performance two-passenger convertible with a retractable hardtop that was formerly known as SLK, until the name changed to SLC last year. Mercedes also builds a larger and more expensive SL-Class roadster. The engine of the base SLC300 is a 241-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The performance AMG SLC43 is powered by a 362-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. Both engines are paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Available features include blind-spot alert, adaptive cruise control, steering-linked LED headlights, neck-level heating system, and park assist. The SLC is sporty and engaging to drive, but it still delivers the quality and refinement expected of Mercedes. Prices are out of reach for most, a condition exacerbated when options are added. Current Porsche Boxster owners might not give this car a second glance, but anyone considering the Audi TT should give the SLC a spin.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices SLC300: $49,395
AMG SLC43: $63,340

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (SLC300)
Horsepower
241
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (SLC43)
Horsepower
362
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Mercedes-Benz SLC300
2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC300
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class Review