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The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class roadsters coddle two passengers-but they should travel light.
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convertible-friendly seats
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you'll be hard pressed to find a more comfortable set of seats" Motor Trend: "stays conversation-quiet at 100 mph
Kelley Blue Book

Common to all 2010 Benz SL roadsters is a plush, spacious interior that's an enviable environment for long-distance road trips.

Edmunds says the "spacious interior" offers up twin "convertible-friendly seats."
Reviewers agree with TheCarConnection's experts: The 2010 Benz SL's seats are among the finest in the class, with all sorts of power adjustments, along with massage and heat functions. "The 12-way power seats offer a huge range of adjustment," they add, "while the available multicontour seats can be molded to anyone's body shape." Kelley Blue Book notes "you'll be hard pressed to find a more comfortable set of seats."

The car's packaging gives passengers ample legroom and headroom, even with the convertible roof raised. Edmunds states, "With the hardtop raised, even our tallest editor, at 6-foot-3, had enough headroom, while legroom was also pretty good." Trunk space is marginal; Kelley Blue Book reports the "ingenious folding top design doesn't take up the entire trunk when retracted," but the Benz SL's meager 10.2 cubic feet of space shrinks to 7.2 cubic feet free when the power-folding top is lowered.

In several experiences with the previous SL, TheCarConnection.com found the top arrangement incredibly tight to make an interior that was quieter and more refined than most coupes. Motor Trend compliments an interior that, "with top down and rear wind deflector raised, stays conversation-quiet at 100 mph." The cozy, well-trimmed dash wears wood, leather, and aluminum trim in warm balance. Some interior materials may seem slightly off the million-dollar mark, but mostly the SL-Class is a rich place to ride. "It's hard to think of a cabin better suited to top-down motoring," Edmunds concludes.

Some interior materials are a little disappointing compared to rivals, as they have been in several other recent M-B models. "One definite don't-like is the shiny plastic cover...inside the three-pointed star (at the front grille) if you order the radar-guided Adaptive Cruise Control," says Motor Trend. "It looks cheap."

Conclusion

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class roadsters coddle two passengers-but they should travel light.

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