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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz SLC

Overall verdict
Ultimately uninspiring to drive, but works well as an easy-going 24/7 roadster.


Well-made cabin, superb refinement for a cabrio, frugal diesel is hushed


Not a patch on a 718 Boxster for fun, no V8? Sob


What is it?

A new name – and slightly tweaked face – for Merc’s smallest roadster. For reasons not entirely apparent, the cheapest two-seater, folding hard-top Mercedes offers has swapped the K in its name for two and a half generations to a C, just in time to receive a round of mid-life updates to keep it savvy against the new 718 Boxster and, well, that’s about it, so far as noteworthy posh roadsters go.

AMG’s offering has had the most invasive surgery, transplanting a bi-turbo V6 for the old 5.5-litre V8, and losing a bundle of power in the process: goodbye SLK 55 AMG, hello AMG SLC 43…

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
SLC 43 [390] 2dr 9G-Tronic
4.7s 186g/km 34.5 390 £47,515
The cheapest
SLC 180 AMG Line 2dr
7.9s 147g/km 44.1 156 £32,509
The greenest
SLC 180 AMG Line 2dr 9G-Tronic
8.1s 144g/km 44.8 156 £34,109
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