2014 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs. Its Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (SL63 AMG)
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Mercedes-Benz SL has always carried the torch for the luxury-convertible market.

It's seen some competition from the BMW 6-Series, which is now much more lithe and attractive after last year's redesign.

The BMW is also offered in both coupe and convertible models, as well as a high-performance M6 edition to take on Mercedes' AMG models.

The Maserati GranTurismo and Jaguar XK are the beauties of the group, attractive both in motion and parked.The Maserati also has a usable back seat, and there's legitimate power in both cars–especially in the Jaguar XKR models.

For a more technical performer, there's always the Porsche 911, available in rear- and all-wheel-drive models.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL Class feels content as a grand tourer, but it's sportier than you might expect.
8.4
No matter whether it's a coupe, convertible, or Gran Coupe, the 2014 BMW 6-Series covers soft and elegant as well as it does sharp and athletic.
9.2
The 2014 Jaguar XK is both sublime and sporty, as well as gorgeous, making it one of the most desirable cars in its segment.
9.0
The 2014 Porsche 911 range spans a broad spectrum, but somehow manages to hit exactly the right marks at each point, balancing performance, features, and practicality almost perfectly.
8.8
Earthy exhaust tones and serene handling carve out a distinctive niche for the fabulous Maserati GranTurismo.
MSRP From    
$106,700$75,400$79,000$84,300$126,000
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded H-6Gas V8
EPA Class    
Two-SeatersSubcompact CarsMinicompact CarsMinicompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Roadster SL 5502-Door Coupe 640i RWD2-Door Coupe Touring2-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Coupe GranTurismo Sport
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
24444
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
RoadsterCoupeCoupeCoupeCoupe
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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